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Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position (this is a pdf. page of the information listed below)

Baylor University

Two Post-Doctoral Fellowship Positions

Department of Philosophy, Baylor University

On The Nature and Value of Faith

Funded by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust

Applications are solicited for two three-year fellowships to work as part of a team of scholars, led by Jonathan L. Kvanvig, Daniel Howard-Snyder, and Trent Dougherty, on the nature and value of faith. The project will be housed in the Baylor University Department of Philosophy.

A collaborative effort, the project aims to address questions concerning the relationship between faith, hope, trust, belief, and acceptance. Fellows will have the opportunity to devote three years of research to issues that fall within the scope of the project, to participate in weekly discussions of these issues with the co-directors, and to participate in summer seminars with other scholars working on these issues.

In their application, applicants should explain how their intended research addresses the questions involved in the project. These questions include: whether faith is a cognitive state, an active state, or something else; how faith relates to belief, and to hope, and to various positive character traits the relationship between faith and rationality; whether faith is assessable in purely epistemic terms or in terms of practical rationality, or in other terms; the relationship between faith and central epistemic goods such as knowledge and understanding; whether faith is necessary for either wisdom or understanding; whether faith is a virtue, and, if so, how faith compares with other virtues; whether there is a distinction between mundane faith and religious faith, and, if so, how the distinction is to be understood.

This list of questions and issues is not meant to exhaustive, but merely indicative

of some of the types of issues that can fruitfully be pursued within the scope of the

project.


The application consists of the following:


(i) a research proposal of no more than 10 pages, detailing a proposed research agenda and relevant prior work related to it,

(ii) a curriculum vita,

(iii) three letters of recommendation

(iv) a cover letter

(v) original transcript



Applications will be reviewed beginning 02/01/2014 and will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by 02/01/2014. The evaluation committee will consist of the co-directors of the project. The criteria for selection are (1) demonstrated expertise in philosophy of religion or theology and (2) evidence of the ability to undertake significant research that will contribute to the aims of the project. As a direct consequence of their involvement with the project, it is expected that the successful candidates will author several publications. Preferred candidates will have PhD in hand at the time of appointment.

Electronic applications are preferred, and may be sent to jonathan_kvanvig@baylor.edu with “Fellowship Application” in the subject line. Salary level is competitive and includes standard fringe benefits. Moving expenses provided as well.

Start date is August 15, 2014, and successful candidates will have expenses paid to

participate in all summer seminars associated with the project, beginning June 18,

2014. In addition, funding will be provided for participation in the annual conferences

associated with the project.

Baylor, the world’s largest Baptist university, holds a Carnegie classification as a “high-research” institution. Baylor’s mission is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. Baylor is actively recruiting new faculty with a strong commitment to the classroom and an equally strong commitment to discovering new knowledge as Baylor aspires to become a top tier research university while reaffirming and deepening its distinctive Christian mission as described in Pro Futuris (http://www.baylor.edu/profuturis/).

Baylor is a Baptist university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an AA/EEO employer, Baylor encourages minorities, women, veterans, & persons with disabilities to apply.