Job Search: Associate Director, Religious Studies – University of Minnesota

Associate Director – Religious Studies Program
Institute for Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Application due March 1, 2024

The Religious Studies Program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications for the position of Education Program Specialist 2 (Job Code 9745S2). This position has the working title Associate Director, with responsibilities for teaching, research, curriculum, and instruction as well as program administration and coordination. This is a 100%-time, 12-Month, annually renewable position subject to the University’s policies for Academic Professional and Administrative Employees (P&A). The Religious Studies Program is affiliated with the Institute for Global Studies (IGS) in the College of Liberal Arts.

The Associate Director works with the Director of Religious Studies to support the programs in Religious Studies and Islamic Studies. Responsibilities include serving as director of undergraduate studies and lead instructor; maintaining an active research agenda in Religious Studies or a related field; providing curriculum management and delivery; undergraduate advising and programming; student recruitment and retention; scholarships/fellowships and internships; instructional hiring and orientation; faculty development; internal and external fundraising; budgeting; and liaising with the IGS Administrative Hub and the College of Liberal Arts on administrative and operational functions.

The priority deadline for application materials is March 1, 2024. To review the complete position announcement, including duties and responsibilities of the position, required and preferred qualifications, and application instructions, please visit (Posting # 359548). The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.


  1. Jairzinho Lopes Pereira on March 4, 2024 at 1:07 pm

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I hope this finds you well. My name is Jairzinho Lopes Pereira. I was born and raised in Cabo Verde and I came to Europe, in October 2001, at the age of 19, to study History at the University of Coimbra, in Portugal. After the conclusion of my Studies in History, I went to Helsinki and there I got my doctoral degree in Systematic Theology, having written a dissertation on Augustine of Hippo and Martin Luther, under the supervision of Professor Risto Saarinen. From Helsinki, I went to the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), in Belgium and got a master’s degree in European Politics and Policies, from the Faculty of Social Sciences. Then I got a four-year post-doctoral mandate at the Flemish Research Foundation and at the Department of Church History of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences of the KU Leuven. In This post-doctoral mandate, my primary research interests were the attitudes of the Holy See and those of the Roman Catholic missionaries towards slavery in the so-called Congo Free State. After the end of this mandate, I moved to Stavanger (Norway) for a second post-doctoral mandate in History. Here my focus is how the dynamics of loyalties influenced the Catholic and Protestant missionaries’ narratives on colonization and decolonization in the Congo-Angola Region in the 19th and 20th centuries. My most recent publications focus on Church and colonization in Africa, including the the collective volume (Church-State Relation in Africa in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Mission, Empire, and the Holy See) I recently edited with the Cambridge Imperial and Post-colonial Studies series (Palgrave MacMillan).

    I just saw this call. It is stated that it is due 4 March. I still need to ask: is the call still open? Am I eligible? Can I still send my application?

    i thank you in anticipation.

    Best regards,


    • Chris Saladin on March 11, 2024 at 4:00 pm

      Hello Jairzinho,

      Thank you for you question, and apologies for the very delayed reply. This positing is for a job at the University of Minnesota, not our organization (ASCH).

      They may still be accepting applications. You can view the position and submit at application at:

      Thank you and best wishes,
      Chris Saladin (ASCH – website manager)

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