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Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Mount Royal University

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies - (999875)

About MRU

Mount Royal University is located within the traditional homelands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot, including the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai), the Tsuut’ina, and the Îyârhe Nakoda Nations of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor degrees and 38 majors.

About the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Humanities

In addition to the Department of Humanities, the Faculty of Arts houses the following departments: Economics, Justice & Policy Studies, English, Languages & Cultures, Interior Design, Psychology, and Sociology & Anthropology. Arts currently offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts—Criminal Justice, and Bachelor of Interior Design.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of Humanities. The Department of Humanities currently offers a BA in History and a minor in Religious Studies, as well as minors in Ancient and Medieval Studies, Art History, Canadian Studies, Humanities, Indigenous Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

About the Role

The Department of Humanities invites applications for a tenure-track position in Religious Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective 1 January 2023. A completed Ph.D. in Religious Studies and relevant experience in undergraduate teaching is required. This position is open to candidates who study contemporary lived religion, including ethnographic studies. A focus on any religion or group of traditions is welcome, including Indigenous traditions, new religious movements, esotericism, and the major religions.

The department currently offers a minor in Religious Studies. The successful applicant will be able to teach introductory courses in religion, and to develop and teach upper-level courses in their area(s) of specialization. The ability to develop and teach one or more thematic courses relating to religion would be a strong asset. Examples of thematic areas include (but are not limited to) race/ethnicity, women, gender and/or sexuality, ritual and performance, art and aesthetics, environment, politics, science, space and place, economics of religion, pop culture, or material culture. Mount Royal University is seeking candidates with strengths in teaching and learning.

New faculty at MRU are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching/service pattern (TS) has a focus on teaching and service, and comes with a 4/4 teaching load. The teaching/scholarship/service pattern (TSS) has a focus on teaching and service, with the requirement that the faculty member also be involved in a research program, and comes with a 3/3 teaching load. The average class size is 33 students. The work pattern for this position is TSS.

For information on the job search, contact Dr. Scott Murray, Chair of the Search Committee and Chair, Department of Humanities.

Current Religious Studies course offerings and program information can be found at

What We Offer

Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions. At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.

Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.

Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, fitness classes, climbing, aquatics, sports, tournaments and certifications for students, employees and the public.

MRU supports full immunization as the best way to protect yourself and our campus community and strongly recommends vaccination against COVID-19.

Closing Date – September 15, 2022

Apply Here:

The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on September 15, 2022. The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to complete applications submitted by September 15, 2022.