Job Ad: Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies

By January 8, 2019

The Department of Religion in the School of Arts and Humanities at Claremont Graduate University invites applicants for the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies. In addition to having demonstrated excellence and broad expertise within the field of Mormon studies, the successful candidate will also be able to contribute through teaching and mentoring to at least one of the Religion Department’s four doctoral tracks: Critical Comparative Scriptures; History of Christianity and Religions of North America; Philosophy of Religion and Theology; and Women’s Studies in Religion. The candidate must have a PhD in Religious Studies or a related field and be prepared to teach one or both of the Religion Department’s required theory and methods courses.

As the Hunter Chair is one of only three endowed professorships in Mormon Studies in the world, its occupant should be a well-regarded thought leader within the field. We therefore seek to hire a candidate at the Associate Professor level or higher who has an established track record and trajectory of impactful scholarship and teaching; in extraordinary circumstances we may consider an advanced Assistant Professor. Given the transdisciplinary nature of graduate education at CGU, scholars whose research and teaching engages multiple fields and crosses disciplinary boundaries, and who are willing to mentor students beyond the areas of their own specialized research expertise, will find the department and university a particularly congenial intellectual home.

CGU is an independent institution devoted entirely to graduate study. The city of Claremont is a charming small town located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and less than 50 miles from Southern California beaches. CGU is also a member of The Claremont Colleges, a highly regarded cluster of seven independent colleges that is nationally and internationally renowned for academic excellence.

CGU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status, or any other basis protected by applicable laws in its employment or hiring practices. CGU is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion are particularly encouraged to apply as are individuals who have membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate have been severe and longstanding: Alaska Natives, American Indians, Blacks/African Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and Puerto Ricans.

Applicants should submit an application letter, CV, brief diversity statement, and the names and contact information for three references by e-mail to or by postal mail to Hunter Chair Search Committee, 831 N. Dartmouth Ave, Claremont, CA 91711. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2019 and will continue the search until the position is filled. It is our hope that the successful candidate would join the CGU faculty as early as July 1, 2019.

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