Religion Instructor
Religious Studies , Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, New Hampshire )
November 24, 2023
Starting Date: 
August 19, 2024
Post date: October 10, 2023

Position Summary:  

The Religion department seeks a passionate and energetic teacher to fill a full-time, regular teaching position beginning August 2024.  Candidates should be interested in being part of a collaborative group of teachers and working with highly motivated high school students in a diverse, mostly residential community. 

Position Requirements

We are looking for a dynamic candidate who will be an active participant in the academic, athletic,  co-curricular and residential programs at the Academy. 


Candidates should be prepared to teach a range of religion, ethics, and philosophy courses with broad teaching competencies across more than one religious and/or philosophical tradition and approaches to the study of “religion,” as well as a candidate interested in helping to shape courses in conversation with the curricular needs of our students and world. We especially encourage applicants with demonstrable experience with East Asian; African or African Diaspora; Global South; Indigenous religions, philosophies, or cultures; or that which will otherwise complement the current strengths of the department. 

Additional requirements:

  • An advanced degree in religion, philosophy, ethics, or a related field is required.  
  • Experience teaching in a classroom setting for a minimum of 2 years.  Equivalent experience may be considered.
  • Diversity or cultural competency education (conferences, seminars, in-service programs, coursework, independent study).
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse community.
  • Willingness to enforce all school policies and rules governing student behavior.



While individual responsibilities will vary from one faculty position to another, the major job duties of all faculty members include the following:

  • Teaching: Faculty teach four classes per trimester.  All classes are student-centered discussions around a Harkness table.   In order to meet the intellectual needs of the school’s talented and highly motivated students, teachers are expected to be dedicated to daily preparation for the best possible classes.
  • Cultural Competency: Faculty are expected to demonstrate respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Residential Life:  Faculty generally reside in campus housing and play a critical role in cultivating Exeter’s community-centered student dormitory life.  Each faculty member is generally responsible for one weekend per month and one to two nights per week of dormitory duty, depending on the dormitory size.
  • Advising: Faculty are expected to serve as mentors to student advisees throughout students’ time at Exeter.  The adviser is the main liaison between an advisee’s family/guardian and the Academy.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Faculty are expected to participate in the school’s extracurricular activities (e.g. coaching, advising student clubs, and/or committee work). 

Additional Requirements

  1. Criminal and driving background check.


To be considered applications must include the following documents (please upload as three distinct documents):

  • CV or resume.
  • Cover letter indicating a specific interest in teaching at a residential high school that is actively committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Teaching statement that addresses the candidate’s interest in teaching in our student-centered, discussion-based classes.

The hiring committee will begin the applicant review process on Monday, November 27th.

We encourage all interested applicants to review the Religion Department course catalogue, which can be found on pages 59-63 of the Courses of Instruction available here: 


Application Instructions 
Review Begins: 
November 27, 2023

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