Job Opening in BYU’s Department of Church History & Doctrine

By September 11, 2012

JI’s good friend Rachel Cope passed along the news that BYU’s Church History and Doctrine Department are looking for applicants. You can find all the information you need at this site. (Click on “Search Positions” on the left-hand side of the page, then on “Job Type” click on “Full Time” for “Job Category” click “Faculty.” You will then click on the opening for Church History and Doctrine. Note: do not choose the option labeled “Professional,” unless you want to apply for a teaching position that teaches 6-7 courses per semester, each with over 100 students. The other option has a smaller teaching load with larger research expectations.) Below is the most relevant information:

Application Process

Please complete an online faculty application and attach cover letter, current curriculum vita, two article length writing samples (either previously published or yet to be published), a statement (no more than 500 words) describing your research agenda, and a statement (no more than 500 words) regarding your philosophy of integration of faith and reason in your scholarship and teaching. President Spencer W. Kimball charged BYU professors to “become ‘bilingual’ in speaking the language of scholarship and the language of the spirit.” Your statement should explain the role of faith and reason in your own academic experience and detail how you plan to integrate the “language of the Spirit” and the “language of scholarship” in your role as a BYU religion professor.


PhD or equivalent degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, preferably in American history, Religious Studies, or other related field; be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and observe standards of conduct consistent with qualifying for temple privileges; Show evidence of training and skill in research and scholarly writing, preferably with a record of peer-reviewed publications in high quality academic venues; Show evidence of ability to teach Doctrine and Covenants and LDS history (CES courses); Previous university level teaching experience.


Teaching assigned classes in Religious Education; mentor students; serve on department, college and university committees or other assignments; continue scholarly research and publishing.

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