Regent College is pleased to announce a post-doctoral fellowship in theology and science, which is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The duration of the position is for 31 months, from January 1, 2017 to July 31, 2019. The fellow will report to the Academic Dean, and will work alongside Dr Ross Hastings, the grant holder. The fellow will also have the support of a student employee.
The duties of the fellowship include the following:
1.Publication. To prepare for publication at least one academic article on an aspect of the relationship between theology and science in a peer-reviewed journal. He or she will also be expected to complete a scholarly monograph (such as a PhD thesis) suitable for distribution through a respected publisher.
2.Teaching. To co-teach with Dr Ross Hastings a graduate level course on theology and science in the twenty-first century. Other teaching may be assigned as well, depending on the candidate’s expertise.
3.Supervision. To supervise master’s level theses, major papers, comprehensive exams, and/or independent studies in the area of faith and science.
4.Event Organization. Working with Dr Ross Hastings, to develop and host a public event consisting of three lectures delivered by a well-known scholar working in the area of theology and science.
5.Online Resource Development. To oversee the development of an online theology and science portal that will be a resource for high quality education and curated conversation about theology and science for audiences around the world.
6.Administration. To manage the administration and reporting requirements of the Templeton Grant.
7.Participation. To participate in the life of Regent College by attending monthly faculty meetings, and other community activities as they are able (e.g. chapel services, retreats, community events, etc.).
Eligibility: In order to be considered for this position, applicants should have completed a PhD within the last four years in the area of theology and science. Applications will also be considered from applicants who have a PhD in theology as well as demonstrated competence in science. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked on the interrelation between aspects of theology and science. Candidates will also be assessed on their potential to fulfill other aspects of the position, including graduate-level teaching, student supervision, organization, and administration. Since Regent College is a Christian graduate school that is both evangelical and orthodox, the successful candidate will be expected to subscribe to the College’s Theological Position, which contains both a Doctrinal Statement and a Moral Vision Statement.
Application: Applicants should send a letter of interest showing how they fit the position requirements, along with a current CV, a sample of academic writing, and contact information for three references to:firstname.lastname@example.org .All documents should be received by July 8, 2016.
Regent College is committed to employment equity, and offers equal opportunities to qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
Executive Summary of the Templeton Grant: The ReFaithing Science at Regent College initiative takes up the theme of Science in Dialogue by addressing the following Big Question: “How can the relationship between Christian faith and scientific endeavor be conceptualized and communicated in a way that effectively engages diverse audiences?” Sir John Templeton recognized that science and spirituality should be neither sealed in separate boxes nor positioned at opposite ends of a battlefield, yet even a cursory glance at contemporary culture reveals that the supposed incompatibility and even hostility between faith and science is something of a truism in much of Western society. Regent College believes that this widespread perception is a significant threat to the development of theology and science alike, as well as to the spiritual and intellectual flourishing of countless individuals. The project team proposes an alternative model for the relationship between faith and science: mutual coinherence, or existence within one another. The goal of each project activity is to explore the implications of this model and to communicate it in an accessible form that encourages and enables further exploration of science, theology, and their interaction. The project outputs—academic publications, public lectures, two graduate-level courses of study, and an online hub for content and resources related to faith and science—will target different audiences with the same basic narrative, a story of one world, created by one God, who can be known and worshiped through both theology and science—and who is best known and best worshiped when theology and science work together. By introducing this narrative to present and future thought leaders in faith communities, scientific communities, and the wider world, Regent College hopes to contribute thousands of critically engaged, spiritually committed, and graciously inclined participants to the ongoing dialogue between faith and science.