We know a career teaching theology or religious studies at a college, university, or seminary may not be on the list of possible careers for most incoming students. But it is a career. Not only that, it is exciting, challenging, and provides a space for self-discovery and self-realization.
As scholars of theology or religious studies, we choose our own research subjects, study existential and current issues, and work with amazing students. We explore the big questions of life and death, the intersection between politics and religion, and the moral convictions of individuals and communities.
Our work entails travel to conferences and research sites all over the U.S. as well as in foreign countries. We meet fascinating people from all over the world, and our research shapes what people think about religion. Our publications contribute to the official theology of religious institutions, to the understanding of religion as it is taught in colleges and graduate programs, and to the public opinion on current issues.
Most importantly, professors mentor students, introduce them to religious texts, ideas, and practices, and help them explore what it means to be human.
In the picture: Dr. Jack Kilcrease '01 teaches at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI.