An Anabaptist professor of religious studies or related field will teach in the masters program in the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS) at Gadjah Mada University, an Indonesian government university (http://www.ugm.ac.id/en/). Single applicants or a couple with no children are preferred.
Lecturer in Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies
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Lecturer in Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies in Central Java, Jogjakarta
Date Opened:October 15, 2010
Start Date:Available Now
Mennonite Central Committee focuses on education, inter-faith bridgebuilding, and peacebuilding in Indonesia. The goal of this assignment is to encourage understanding between people of different convictions and traditions, not only through dialogue, but also through meaningful cooperation between different groups to engage shared problems.
MCC’s legal identity is through the Ministry of Higher Education and is supported by MCC’s active partnerships with Indonesian universities. This assignment allows Mennonite Central Committee broaden our connections with strategic Indonesian universities in priority areas of interest for both MCC and many Indonesian partners.
The CRCS program is the only academic program in Indonesia focusing on religion and culture in a non-religiously affiliated university. In Indonesia, all students are required to study religion from elementary school through university. Each group studies its own religion with teachers from their own religion. CRCS offers a Masters degree in which students representing all the major faith traditions of Indonesia study and learn about each other side by side, in the same classroom, with teachers coming from different religious backgrounds. The program is both religious and cross-cultural, because religious and ethnic identities are often inseparable and pose challenges as well as opportunities.
The program accepts approximately 25 students in each cohort. Besides lecturers from Gadjah Mada, the lecturers also come from various Islamic, Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian universities. The courses are offered in English. All students must have a minimum TOFEL score of 475.
CRCS would be particularly interested in an MCCer designing courses exploring Anabaptist belief, opportunities for ecumenical and interfaith cooperation, gender issues, and peacebuilding from an Anabaptist perspective.
The lecturer is expected to be involved in this, probably including proposals writing.
Possible courses to teach/ co-teach:
Jogjakarta is the cultural heart of Java, lying between Mt. Merapi and the South Sea. Jogja is also an academic center with important universities and academies. It is a city of around 500,000 people. Jogjakarta is a crowded and busy city, but beyond the main streets are the slower, sidewalk-width streets of Javanese neighborhoods. Jogjakarta has both modern amenities and traditional values and philosophies.
The famous Borobodour temple (Buddhist) and Prambanan temple(Hindu) are located very near to Jogjakarta. Other areas of interest include the sultan’s palace and various craft industries including batik, silver, and pottery.
Good quality medical care is available in Jogjakarta. Shopping options range from traditional markets to malls and air-conditioned grocery stores.
Jogjakarta has a small international school with elementary grades through grade eight. Other options for families would be immersion in an Indonesian language school, homeschooling, or boarding for high school students at Mountainview International Christian School in Salatiga, two hours away.
Gadjah Mada University will supply housing for the MCC worker. This would either be in housing owned or rented by UGM. The house would be at a standard level with other UGM professors. This is an important value in the university setting- it allows the worker to entertain students and university guests and fulfill social responsibilities at an appropriate level for cultural expectations.
A Muria Mennonite church is located in Jogjakarta, as well as an International Congregation in Jogjakarta that worships in English on Sunday afternoons. This group includes a large number of Indonesian students wanting to improve their English. MCCers have often been involved in some way with both congregations.
The MCC offices and other MCC workers are located in Salatiga, two hours by road from Jogjakarta.
Even though UGM is a premier Indonesian university, there will be many cultural challenges. The level of student’s English may not allow for complete understanding of difficult concepts. The MCCer may be informed of course expectations will little time to prepare. There may be little direction or sharing of expectations for course content. MCCers in other Indonesian university settings have coped with these challenges by considering their department as their community and by taking time to listen and learn and by asking many questions of their colleagues.