Chair in World Christianity

University of Birmingham - School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion within the College of Arts and Law

Competitive package for an outstanding candidate

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 one item) of 4* standard.

Main responsibilities

  • Publication of high quality world-leading research outputs
  • Actively engage in significant grant capture
  • Show clear leadership in the field and make intellectual connections with other colleagues from across UoB, the UK, and internationally
  • Teach modules (UG and PGT) in the Department as directed by the HoD
  • Actively seek to develop and support junior members of staff, providing informal support and mentoring, for example, around submitting high quality peer-review publications and when leading on high profile research bids
  • Contribute to, develop and review teaching programmes within the School, ensuring these meet relevant standards within the University and external institutions
  • Contribute to the management of the Department, School and College
  • Serve as required on School, College and University wide bodies

Informal Enquiries – Please contact Dr David Cheetham, email: or Dr Katherine Brown,

The interview panel is planned for Thursday, 14th June 2018. 

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