The Department of Theology and Religion plays a world-leading role in areas of research such as: intercultural theology, Pentecostal/Charismatic Studies, textual scholarship, inter-religious relations. Since its outstanding performance in REF2014 (2nd in the UK), the University has invested in several new academic positions which have strengthened its research profile. The proposed Chair in World Christianity is intended to reinforce Birmingham’s international reputation for research in these fields.
We wish to appoint an outstanding individual who will strengthen and augment the Department’s existing profile in this area. The field is well-respected internationally and has been occupied by some of the leading scholars in the field, (including Walter Hollenweger). It is regarded as one of the pre-eminent Chairs in the field of World Christianity. We are particularly keen to appoint a candidate who is working in World Christianity and/or Missiology and/or Pentecostal Studies. Sub-disciplines might include contextual or intercultural theology, historical approaches, sociology or anthropology of religion.
The Chair will be expected to have:
- An outstanding research profile of international stature in World Christianity, missiology or Pentecostalism and Charismatic studies, together with a sustained record of significant world-leading 4* publications.
- The experience and enthusiasm to build good working relationships across the Department and College, as well as support the research culture within the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies.
- An understanding of the importance of international collaborations, networks, and contacts.
- Strong awareness public engagement and potential wider social, political and/or cultural impact of their research.
- The ability to manage and interact well with staff and students at all levels, and to contribute to broadening the strategic development of the Department.
- A commitment (from day one) to attracting high quality Post Graduate Research students to UoB.
- A demonstrable commitment (from day one) to leading international and national research grant applications
- An awareness of the importance of, and willingness to play a full part in, the teaching of undergraduate and graduate students coupled with a clear understanding of UoB’s belief that teaching should inform research and vice-versa.
- A REF submission (minimum of 1 item) of 4* standard.