4-Year Funded PhD Position: Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (Cultural Ecologies Project)

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
Funding for US and International Students
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 9 January 2017
Closes: 15 March 2018

Project: Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (Cultural Ecologies Project)
Principal Supervisor: Jason M. Kelly, PhD.
Email: jaskelly@iupui.edu

Project Description

The Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Program (RSA) brings together artists and humanists from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives for sustained study, analysis, and discussion of religious texts in a classroom environment. These textual discussions, which explore the varieties of religious experience and understanding, provide the inspiration for creating new artistic works (e.g. music, poetry, fiction, drama, visual art, dance). Artists share their creations through exhibitions and presentations in their communities. Beginning in 2018, RSA will move to the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI). The Director of the RSA Program is Rabbi Sandy Sasso, who is working with the IAHI to expand institutional collaborations and reach even broader audiences.

This applied PhD position in The Cultural Ecologies track of the IUPUI American Studies program will focus on two things: 1) developing knowledge and expertise in arts administration and religious studies through coursework and 2) skills in programming, grant writing, fundraising, and evaluation through a multi-year internship that pairs the student with Rabbi Sasso. It is expected that the PhD student will succeed Rabbi Sasso as RSA Program Director upon her retirement. 

Lead Researcher
Jason M. Kelly, PHD
Director, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
Associate Professor of History, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
755 W. Michigan St., UL 4115T; Indianapolis, IN 46202
jaskelly@iupui.edu | 317-274-1689

Course of Study

As an applied PhD program, students will pursue both a course of traditional coursework and a four-year, community engaged research assistantship facilitated by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute (IAHI) in collaboration with its community partners. 

In the first two years of the program, the PhD student will take the required core courses in the PhD program, which will be supplemented with relevant courses in disciplines including religious studies, history, art history, and philanthropy. While taking coursework, the PhD student will be employed as a research assistant at the IAHI and embedded in the RSA program. This research assistantship is the centerpiece of the program and replaces the role that teaching assistantships often play in graduate programs. Through their internship, the student will develop relevant technical skills in program design, community engagement, grant writing, fundraising, and evaluation. They will also have the opportunity to co-author publications and grants with the Cultural Ecologies Project team as well as present at conferences. In years three and four, the student will pursue research that culminates in the doctoral research project. 

Subject Areas / Keywords

Participant Action Research; Religious Studies; Art History; History; Public History; Arts Administration; Arts Education; community-engaged research; public scholarship

Candidate Requirements

This project is ideal for a student with a master’s level degree in religious studies, art history, public history, arts administration, or field related to this research topic. 

The ideal candidate will

  • have a desire to work in formal and informal learning environments with scholars, artists, religious communities, and other publics
  • demonstrate an aptitude to develop skills in grant writing and fundraising
  • have previous coursework or experience in religious studies, art history, or arts administration
  • be prepared to work in a collaborative environment.

Further information

You are encouraged to reach out to Jason M. Kelly at jaskelly@iupui.edu before submitting your application.

American Studies PhD at IUPUI: http://americanstudies.iupui.edu/amst/ph-d/ 
Cultural Ecologies: https://www.culturalecologies.org


To apply for the program, visit https://sisjee.iu.edu/sisad-prd/p/Guest.do?methodToCall=start&inst=IUINA&career=GRAD

In your letter of application, please mention the project title: “Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts.”