UT Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts & Ideas Postdoctoral Fellowship in Religious Thought

The Thomas Jefferson Society of Postdoctoral Fellows allows young scholars the opportunity to teach in a collegial interdisciplinary setting while continuing their own research. Fellowships are awarded to scholars in all areas of the liberal arts who have in the past 7 years completed doctoral dissertations on one or more of the great books and have shown a commitment to the interdisciplinary study and teaching of the great books. The fellowships normally carry a teaching load of one course each semester and are renewable for a second year.

The Society of Postdoctoral Fellows has been supported by generous grants from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching American Founding Principles and History, the Veritas Fund, the Thomas Smith Foundation, and a number of individual donors in Texas. In announcing its most recent gift to the Jefferson Center, Rear Admiral Mike Ratliff, President of the Jack Miller Center, said:

"The Thomas Jefferson Center has made a remarkable contribution to education at the Austin campus and established a national reputation for excellence and innovation in a short period of time. This has been possible because of the support and encouragement of Dean Randy Diehl and the leadership Lorraine and Tom Pangle. The JMC is honored to be a partner in this work, and to provide support for these fellowships, which provide crucial help to young scholars just starting their careers."

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Religious Thought

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a postdoctoral teaching and research fellowship in great books of religious thought, including the history of religious thought in America and/or its intellectual origins, especially in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. The appointment will be for one year with a possible renewal for a second. The stipend is $48,500 plus benefits, and the term of appointment is September 1, 2016-August 31, 2017.

The Jefferson Center is dedicated to the teaching of the great books to undergraduates. Our program is centered on a 6-course certificate in Core Texts and Ideas, including courses in literature, philosophy, political philosophy, and religious thought. The fellow will teach one course each semester, mainly to Freshman: “The Bible and its Interpreters,” which includes readings from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and great discussions of these readings from more than one religious or philosophic tradition.

Applicants should have a broad background in the interdisciplinary study of the great books. Their graduate studies may be in the field of religious studies, theology, intellectual history, medieval studies, or philosophy, with a concentration in Biblical, Christian, or Jewish thought. Applicants should have received their Ph.D. on or after August 1, 2011 or should complete it by August 1, 2016. They may not hold a tenured position elsewhere.

Application date
Date of residence
1 year, renewable
America : United States (South West)
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Classical Studies, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 5 years
Award granted
US$ 48.500 + benefits