Adjunct Faculty-Department of Religious Studies

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Work type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty
Division: Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences

As the University’s largest and most varied academic unit, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is comprised of artists, learners, performers, scholars, scientists, and teachers across 21+ departments, programs, schools, and centers, and acts as a central hub where many of the University's disciplines intersect. Nearly all 6,000 undergraduates at the University take liberal arts courses with us, and about one-third of these students declare a first major in a CAHSS program. Most of our departments, programs and schools offer master's or doctoral programs. CAHSS scholars, artists, instructors, staff, and students collaborate in a shared quest for knowledge about the human condition and the development of skills to improve our local and global communities. The diverse scope of CAHSS allows our students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed at nearly any career in today’s global society.

Department Summary

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver is a vibrant department of eight productive, nationally recognized scholar-teachers who have attracted a cadre of undergraduate majors, double majors and graduate students in the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (CAHSS).  We are strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, in full accord with the value that DU places on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Ours is a high-profile department in the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, which describes itself as a great private university dedicated to the public good.  DU enrolls over 12,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.  The Carnegie Foundation classifies DU as a Doctoral/Very High Research University, or “R1”.  Our department offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in Religious Studies, as well as M.A.-level certificates.  Our courses contribute to the undergraduate common curriculum, the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor, the Middle East Studies minor, the Gender and Women’s Studies program, and Asian Studies.  We are core contributors to the Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion, which the University of Denver shares with the Iliff School of Theology. 

Position Summary

Religious Studies seeks qualified individuals to join our adjunct pool for non-benefited, part-time teaching assignments in New Testament, Christian Literature, Islamic Studies, Religion and Media (all in autumn quarter 2024), Psychology of Religion, Native American Cosmologies or Religions, or Indigenous Religions at the University of Denver in winter or spring quarter 2025.

Adjunct Religious Studies faculty members teach 4-credit courses. These include common curriculum courses that attract many non-majors and advanced courses with mixed graduate and undergraduate enrollment. The specific courses vary from quarter to quarter and openings to teach these courses develop depending on departmental needs. At this time, we are searching for Fall 2024, Winter 2025 and Spring 2025 instructors only, however the opportunity may develop to teach courses in the future.

Essential Functions

  • Course instruction and grading.
  • Preparation of class materials.
  • Weekly office hours.
  • Guidance and support of students.
  • Framing undergraduate-only courses to meet the University’s learning outcomes for the common curriculum.
  • Use of the Canvas online learning management system (LMS).
  • Completion of assessment of students’ performance on student learning outcomes as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Background and expertise in religious studies, in the specialization of the course topic.
  • Ability to teach in-person coursework on DU’s main campus, or in some instances to teach synchronously online via Zoom in the Canvas LMS.
  • Work effectively with diverse populations and implement inclusive teaching and learning principles in the classroom.
  • Ability to teach at the college level

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. completed in religious studies or related field.
  • Previous teaching experience (e.g. as a Teaching assistant with classroom discussion sections and grading responsibilities as part of a Master's or Doctoral program)
  • Availability to teach classes “face-to-face” in physical classrooms at the University of Denver, or, according to the department’s needs, to teach online synchronously through the Canvas Zoom function.
  • Knowledge of languages pertaining to specialization, e.g., Greek for New Testament.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience being fully responsible for designing and running a course.

Work Schedule


While the University’s administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University’s academic calendars are posted on the registrar’s website:

Application Deadline

For consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. September 30, 2024.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Course Rate

The 2024-25 adjunct rate is $5,060 per four-credit course.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

For full consideration, please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter that describes teaching interests and other qualifications.
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Be sure to address in either the cover letter or your statement of teaching philosophy how you attend to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in your teaching.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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