Appointment in World Religions / Religion and Culture — The Department of Religion in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba

Department of Religion
University of Manitoba
Position #29538

The Department of Religion in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a probationary appointment in World Religions / Religion and Culture at the Instructor I rank. We seek applicants with scholarly expertise and teaching experience in the world’s major and minor religious traditions. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment and have demonstrated a commitment to pedagogy and teaching. Given that the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba teaches religion as situated within culture, we seek applicants whose teaching approach to the study of world religions remains connected to historical context, such as politics, race, social issues, ecology, ethics, sexuality, violence, media, and the arts. The successful candidate will have a strong record of teaching in world religions / religion and culture. Additional expertise in a particular religious tradition, geographical region, or in cross-cultural themes not represented by the expertise of the department’s current teaching complement will be considered an asset. This may include religions of Africa, East Asian religions, or Indigenous religions.

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate excellence in teaching, an interest and willingness to experiment with innovative pedagogical approaches (including experiential learning opportunities), a willingness to learn about and incorporate Indigenous content into their courses, awareness of student mental health issues, the ability to create strategies for promoting a positive classroom culture and reducing academic dishonesty in course assessments. Preference will also be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to work well with colleagues and a willingness to participate in department, faculty, and university level service.

Responsibilities will include undergraduate teaching in one or more delivery modes, including in-person instruction and service-related activities.

The duties for this position normally include 21 credit hours of teaching per year as well as service to the Department and Faculty. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory and general level courses, many of which include significant written assessments. Course offerings may include Introduction to Eastern Religions, Introduction to Western Religions, Religion and Sexuality, Death and Concepts of the Future, Evil in World Religions, Religion and the Media, and Women and Religion.

Starting salary will reflect the qualifications and experience of the chosen candidate. The appointment will begin on 1 July 2021.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Applications for this position must include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a teaching philosophy, and further evidence of effective teaching, such as teaching evaluations and sample course outlines. Candidates may also wish to include a sample of scholarly writing. As well, three confidential letters of reference must be received directly from the applicant’s referees.

Further information about the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba is available via Inquiries about the nature of the position should be sent to Dr. Kenneth MacKendrick at

Electronic (preferred) or hard copy applications and letters of reference should be sent to

Dr. Kenneth MacKendrick
Head, Department of Religion
327 Fletcher Argue Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB., R3T 5V5, Canada.

All material should arrive no later than December 29, 2020.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.