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Creation of Religion Academy

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The Religion Academy site was created in 2008.

The main site will contain information pertaining to the academic study of religion.

The Academy Learning Management System (LMS) will link from the main site. The Academy will host courses on all facets of religion, studies from the historical-critical perspective.

State of the Discipline in Religious Studies

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State of the Discipline in Religious Studies

How Academics in the field of Religious Studies make a living

Required for Academic Tenure (and because of interest and collegial interaction at conferences and to stay up on developments in the field): • Teach college courses (undergraduate and graduate) • Publish scholarly books in academic presses (for reputation) • Publish articles in academic journals (for reputation) • Speaking at academic conferences (for reputation) • Get grants to pursue research, portions of which go back to the university (only in the sciences does a portion of the grant go back to the university; in the humanities traditionally the university does not get a part of the small grants. However, if it is a large grant then there is a portion of the award that the university skims off for "administrative purposes." • Participate in university committees • Perform community service in a variety of venues • Perform service for the discipline (committees, review books, serve as regional directors of a professional society, serve on editorial boards of journals and presses, etc) Optional (for money and reputation): • Public speaking engagements for fees • Publish popularized books for the general public • Publish in alternative markets (newspaper columns, etc.) • Teach continuing education courses or courses at churches/outside facilities • Blog (reputation and engagement and community service) • Appearances on TV specials & movies • Outside consulting (does this happen in religious studies? Movies?) (Scholars consult for a variety of reasons: movies, evaluating other departments of religious studies, read books sent by publishers who are considering publishing them. What Scholars are Generally NOT Doing (with a few exceptions): • Collaborating with organizations such as Westar to advance their fields and specialties outside the university enclave • Using the web for collaborative research, aside from email and blogs

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