Look here for information on finding employment, and keeping current on your field of study:
- Academic Job Listings
- Resources at Drew
- A Bibliography of Resources for Recent Ph.D.s: Job Searching, Teaching, Writing, and Publishing
- Professional News Outlets and Blogs
- Religious Studies Professional Societies
Academic Job Listings
- American Academy of Religion Career Services
- Chronicle of Higher Education
- H-Net Job Guide
- ATLA Job Openings
- Academic Careers Online
- Academic Jobs Wiki
Resources at Drew
- Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
- Deputy Director, The Religious Institute
A Bibliography of Resources for Recent Ph.D.s: Job Searching, Teaching, Writing, and Publishing
The GDR Office of Admissions and Placement has assembled this list of materials in order to provide a variety of perspectives on key professional concerns for recently graduated Ph.D.s. We hope to make a selection of them available on reserve in the Rose Memorial Library in the near future. Current students are encouraged to review these materials early in their program, and to begin preparing for work beyond Drew.
Bain, Ken. What the Best College Teachers Do. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004.
Barnes, Sandra L. On the Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007.
Belcher, Wendy Laura. Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2009.
Boice, Robert. Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing. Stillwater, Okla.: New Forums Press, 1990.
Brookfield, Stephen D. Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass, 1995.
Brooks, David. “Meeting the Editors.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 9, 2011. [Advice on meeting with acquisitions editors at conferences, from a grad student perspective.]
Chronicle of Higher Education. “Faculty Salary Explorer” (April 11, 2011).
Fink, L. Dee. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass, 2003.
Germano, William. Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books. 2nd edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Gulliver, Katrina. “Conducting the International Job Search.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 18, 2011.
Heiberger, Mary Morris and Julia Miller Vick. The Academic Job Search Handbook. 4th ed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.
Hume, Kathryn. Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt: Advice for Humanities Ph.D.s. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Johnson, W. Brad. Write to the Top! How to Become a Prolific Academic. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Luey, Beth. Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors. 2nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.
Mangum, Teresa. “Composing the CV.” Inside Higher Ed (September 16, 2009).
———. “Views of the Classroom.” Inside Higher Ed (October 28, 2009). [Advice on composing a teaching philosophy]
Stevens, Dannelle D. Introduction To Rubrics: An Assessment Tool To Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning. Stylus Publishing, 2004.
Weimer, Maryellen. Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass, 2002.
Woolf, Eliza. “Standing out from the Herd.” Inside Higher Ed (October 13, 2010). [A top-ten list on brushing up for the fall job season]
Zerubavel, Eviatar. The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999.
Professional News Outlets and Blogs
- The Chronicle of Higher Education (full access available through Drew University Library)
- Inside Higher Ed (Especially, visit Teresa Mangum’s column, “Academic Career Confidential,” for a series of advice articles on preparing for the job market and interviewing.)
- Religious Studies News (AAR membership and login required)
- Religion Dispatches (“a daily online magazine dedicated to the analysis and understanding of religious forces in the world today”)
- The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere (blog sponsored by the Social Science Research Council)
- Spiritual Politics (“a blog on religion and American political culture” of the Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, Trinity College)
- Tenured Radical (Reflections on the academic profession, including numerous insightful entries on the academic job search, conference interviews, search committee dynamics, and the regular practices of the higher education profession. Written by Claire Potter, Professor of History and American Studies at Wesleyan University, Midletown, CT.)
Religious Studies Professional Societies
Academy of Homiletics
“The Academy of Homiletics was founded in 1965, and now has a membership of nearly 400. Although we are of North American origin, our membership spans the world. Membership in the Academy of Homiletics is open to teachers and doctoral graduate students of homiletics.”
American Academy of Religion (AAR)
“As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion has over 8,000 members who teach in some 1,500 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad. The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services.”
Association for the Sociology of Religion
“The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) is an international scholarly association that seeks to advance theory and research in the sociology of religion. Formed in 1938 as the American Catholic Sociological Society, ASR traces its roots to scholars in search of a hospitable place for both empirical study and social criticism animated by the social teachings of the church. Our 700+ members come from all continents of the world, and their interests and perspectives are just as diverse and global. The Association encourages and communicates research that ranges widely across the multiple themes and approaches in the study of religion, and is a focal point for comparative, historical and theoretical contributions to the field. In addition, the Association facilitates the sharing of members’ interests with sociologists in other associations and scholars of religion in other disciplines.”
Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)
“For twenty years the Australian Association for the Study of Religions has provided a forum for academics, teachers, students and others interested in the study of religion.”
Association for Religion and Intellectual Life (ARIL)
“The Association for Religion and Intellectual Life and its journal, Cross Currents, are organized in the belief that when the passions of the heart are brought into harmony with the life of the mind, religious faith can and shall contribute to the common good. [...] In feature articles, book and movie reviews, poetry and music, we will communicate a vision that encompasses humanity in its complexity as well as in its completeness. At the same time, we will serve as a resource, encouraging people from differing traditions to gather both online and in real time for dialogue, reflection, and action that will enrich the lives of all.”
Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR)
“The [Canadian Society for the Study of Religion] provides a forum for all who are involved in the academic study of religion, e.g. anthropologists, historians, phenomenologists, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists. It fosters an interdisciplinary discourse in order to arrive at a better, integrated understanding of religious phenomena. In addition, the Society encourages research in the development of religion with particular reference to the Canadian scene. Finally, the Society promotes a critical examination of the goals, methods, and styles of teaching demanded by the discipline. English and French are the official languages of the Society. Members are free to participate in the proceedings in either language.”
The Catholic Biblical Association of America (CBAA)
“The purpose of the Catholic Biblical Association is to promote, within a context of faith, scholarly study in Scripture and related fields by meetings of the association, publications, and support to those engaged in such studies.”
Council of Societies for the Study of Religion (CSSR)
“The Council of Societies for the Study of Religion (CSSR) is a federation of learned societies founded in the early 1970s. Its executive office is hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. Its aim is to coordinate work among scholars who study religion, past and present. The Council therefore provides a forum for scholars to exchange ideas and information about religion and its study. The CSSR played this crucial role in the founding of the North American field in the early 1970s and continues to help scholars to share the results of their research, across differing specialties and approaches. To accomplish this mission, the Council publishes two quarterlies: Religious Studies Review (the field’s main source of book review essays and critical book notes) and the Bulletin of the CSSR (a non-refereed, quarterly periodical that specializes in timely and provocative essays and discussions). It has also publihed the Directory of Departments and Programs of Religious Studies in North America (last edition, 2002)–the only such directory in the field. The Council also offers administrative services to its member societies.”
International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC)
“The ISSRNC is a community of scholars engaged in critical inquiry into the relationships among human beings and their diverse cultures, environments, religious beliefs and practices. The ISSRNC facilitates scholarly collaboration and research, and disseminates research findings through regular conferences and the affiliated Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture.”
International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR)
“The International Association for the History of Religions serves to promote the academic study of religions through the international collaboration of all scholars whose research has a bearing on the subject. [...] It consists in principle of its member associations which are established in various countries and regions throughout the world. The IAHR was founded as an organization in 1950 on the occasion of the VIIth International Congress for the History of Religions, held in Amsterdam. The first Congress in the series was held in Paris in 1900.”
Manchester Wesley Research Centre
“The Manchester Wesley Research Centre promotes and supports research on the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, their contemporaries in the 18th century Evangelical Revival, their historical and theological antecedents, their successors in the Wesleyan tradition, and contemporary scholarship in the Wesleyan and Evangelical tradition. This includes areas such as theology, history, biblical studies, education, ethics, literature, mission, philosophy, pastoral studies, practical theology, and social theology. The MWRC is located on the campus of Nazarene Theological College in the Manchester suburb of Didsbury and is affiliated with the Methodist Archives, housed in The University of Manchester John Rylands Library. These research centres provide magnificent resources for students and researchers in this field.”
Mormon History Association (MHA)
“The Mormon History Association is an independent scholarly society composed of individuals of various religious faiths who share an interest in the history of the Restoration Movement.”
North American Academy of Liturgy
“The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) is an ecumenical and inter-religious association of liturgical scholars who collaborate in research. It is open to those who are engaged in and who can contribute to such research. Academy members are specialists in liturgical studies, theologians, artists, musicians, and persons in related disciplines, whose work affects liturgical expression and furthers liturgical understanding.”
North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR)
“The North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) was initially formed in 1985 by E. Thomas Lawson, Luther H. Martin, and Donald Wiebe, to encourage the historical, comparative, structural, theoretical and cognitive approaches to the study of religion among North American scholars; to represent North American scholars of religion at the international level; and to sustain communication between North American scholars and their international colleagues engaged in the study of religion.”
North American Patristics Society (NAPS)
“The North American Patristics Society is an organization dedicated to the study of the history and theology of early Christianity. Several times each year the Society publishes a newsletter, “Patristics.” The Society also sponsors the publication of The Journal of Early Christian Studies. Subscriptions to the journal include membership in the Society.”
Psychology of Religion: Division 36 of the APA
“Division 36 of the American Psychological Association, Psychology of Religion, brings together psychologists who recognize the significance of religion both in the lives of people and in the discipline of psychology. The division is nonsectarian. Membership and division activities are open to members of all faiths as well as to those who are not religiously affiliated or do not profess a particular personal faith commitment. This area is one of the oldest in psychology; research on religious development and experience was conducted over a century ago, and both William James and G. Stanley Hall were leading psychologists of religion. Division 36 is working to re-establish the scientific psychology of religion to the respected status it once held so firmly in our discipline.”
Religious Research Association
“The Religious Research Association is academic and religious professionals working at the intersection of research and practical religious activities. An interfaith and international association with over 600 members including college, university, and seminary faculty; religious leaders; organizational consultants; laypersons; and other professionals interested in the intersection of religion and society. Formally organized as the Religious Research Fellowship on June 21, 1951, the group traces its heritage to the work of H. Paul Douglass. The organization was originally under the auspices of the Institute of Social and Religious Research in association with the Federal Council of Churches, with informal collaboration extended back to the 1920s. The RRA encourages and communicates research across multiple themes and approaches in the study of religion, including: new religious movements, dynamics of denominational and congregational growth, individual and organizational variations in beliefs and practices, relation between personal spirituality and institutional religious involvement, conflict within congregations and denominations, religious experience, ethnic religious groups, religion and family life, religion and political behavior, comparative analyses of religious behavior and institutions. The RRA offers opportunities to network with other scholars and practitioners in religious research, RRA promotes the circulation, interpretation, and use of findings of religious research among professionals in religious organizations and other interested groups, and provides a forum for publication and presentation of research. RRA membership includes a subscription to Review of Religious Research and Context of Religious Research.”
Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
“The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible. The Society’s mission to foster biblical scholarship is a simple, comprehensive statement that encompasses the Society’s aspirations. Our vision is to offer members opportunities for mutual support, intellectual growth, and professional development.”
The Society of Christian Ethics
“The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarly work in Christian ethics and in the relation of Christian ethics to other traditions of ethics, and to social, economic, political and cultural problems; to encourage and improve the teaching of these fields in colleges, universities and theological schools; and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally within these general fields. A non-denominational scholarly association, the Society of Christian Ethics draws its 950 members from the faculties of universities, colleges, and theological schools primarily from the United States, Canada, and Europe. The growth and vitality of the Society of Christian Ethics reflect the maturing of the academic discipline of Christian social ethics. The SCE promotes research in the history of ethics and moral theology, theoretical issues relating to the interplay of theology and ethics, methodology in ethical reflection and investigation, and comparative religious ethics. At the same time, the Society addresses in national and global contexts problems in applied and professional ethics, and various human rights and social justice issues.”
The Society for Hindu-Christian Studies
“The Society for Hindu-Christian Studies is dedicated to the study of Hinduism and Christianity and their interrelationships. It seeks to create a forum for the presentation of historical research and studies of contemporary practice, for the fostering of dialogue and interreligious conversation, carried forward in a spirit of openness, respect, and true inquiry.”
The Society of Jewish Ethics
“The Society of Jewish Ethics is an academic organization dedicated to the promotion of scholarly work in the field of Jewish ethics, including the relation of Jewish ethics to other traditions of ethics and to social, economic, political and cultural problems. The Society also aims to encourage and improve the teaching of Jewish ethics in colleges, universities and theological schools, to promote an understanding of Jewish ethics within the Jewish community and society as a whole, and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally in Jewish ethics.”
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR)
“The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion was founded in 1949 by scholars in religion and social science. Its purpose is to stimulate and communicate significant scientific research on religious institutions and religious experience. Scholars from all fields of study who are interested in the scientific exploration of religion are invited to join the Society. Membership in the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion gives scholars the opportunity to share their research and ideas with other scholars.”