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Opportunities for Princeton Faculty

Opportunities for Curricular Development and Enhancement

The Center for the Study of Religion solicits applications for Freshman Seminars and other new undergraduate courses for the 2015-2016 academic year. Faculty members who offer new courses under the Center’s auspices will receive up to $7,000 Summer Salary, and the home department will be reimbursed .1665 FTE in the first year. Any number of critical approaches to the study of religion may be used in the course, and the topic can be defined as a specific tradition or more broadly in terms of the interaction between religion and other aspects of culture. Courses can use any of the formats for undergraduate education: Freshman Seminars that appeal broadly, 200-level lecture courses open without prerequisites, or more specialized courses. (Freshman Seminars, in particular, should be designed to appeal to students who have had no prior introduction to the academic study of religion or to the specific topic of the seminar.)

The Center aims to foster the study of religion, broadly defined, across disciplines and to facilitate intellectual exchange among students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences. The sponsorship of new courses is part of our commitment to scholarly research and teaching that examines religion theoretically, comparatively, and empirically in its diverse historical and contemporary manifestations. The Center’s program also includes support for senior thesis research, faculty-organized lectures and symposia, dissertation awards for Princeton graduate students, an interdisciplinary seminar, and opportunities for visiting scholars to affiliate with the Center.  

Eligibility for teaching CSR-sponsored courses is extended to all tenured or tenure-track faculty in humanities and social science departments. Faculty who have submitted proposals not accepted in earlier years are encouraged to reapply.  

Applicants should submit a paragraph-long description of the proposed course, a tentative syllabus, a copy of their curriculum vitae including courses taught, and a note from their department chair in support of the course. Materials, which may be submitted by e-mail, are due by Monday, November 3, 2014, to Center for the Study of Religion, 202 5 Ivy Lane (csrelig@princeton.edu). For further information, please call 258-5545.

Opportunities for Faculty-directed Events

The Center offers support to help defray the costs of one or more interdisciplinary conferences, symposia, or guest-speaker series that focus on some aspect of religion. Applications from tenured or tenure-track members of the faculty in all humanities and social science departments are encouraged. The purpose of this support is to help a faculty member initiate or augment a scholarly research project or teaching endeavor that bears on the study of religion.

The conference, symposia, or lecture series could be held during the 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 academic year, depending on the extent of advance planning required. Formats might include a 1-2 day conference, a series of speakers over a semester or year, several symposia, or some combination of these. Requests for funding up to $20,000 will be considered on a competitive basis by the Center's Executive Committee, with up to $5,000 of that amount available for research assistance or partial summer salary.

Selection criteria include: a clear statement of the event's objectives, its specific topics, and likely speakers; how the event relates to the faculty member's major research agenda and teaching; who would benefit from the conference, especially students; whether the event would be connected to a seminar or course; how the event would be publicized; whether additional support for the event could be obtained from other sources; and the likelihood of the event resulting in published work.

Examples of broad areas in which possible themes might be developed include (but are not limited to): religious perspectives in debates about war and peace, religion and healing, religion and ethics in the professions, Islamic or Christian social movements, new developments in Buddhist studies, South or East Asian religions, religion and architecture, religion and literature, religion and immigration, religion and family, the role of religion in welfare provision, or arguments about secularization and desecularization. Previous events sponsored by the Center have focused on the following topics: chant in world religious traditions, religion in cinema, religion and Darwinism, religion and bioethics, religion in the African diaspora, Jewish and Muslim charity in the Middle Ages, death and funerary practices in Buddhism, and ethics in mystical traditions. For full descriptions of recent events sponsored by CSR, click here.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a 3-page proposal that addresses the selection criteria listed above, and a tentative budget. Letters of recommendation are also welcome. Submit applications by April 1, 2015 to the Center for the Study of Religion, 5 Ivy Lane. For further information, or to receive a sample planning packet, contact the Center at csrelig@princeton.edu or 258-5545.