The Society of Biblical Literature was founded in 1880 to foster biblical scholarship.
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About SBL

The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Employment Listings
SBL and the American Academy of Religion have eliminated all Employment Center fees for candidates. Beginning in 2015, all active members of the American Academy of Religion or the Society of Biblical Literature who have registered for the Annual Meeting will be able to register as candidates with the Employment Center free of charge. Registered candidates will continue to be able to post their CVs on the Employment Services website for employer review and will receive an onsite edition of Employment Listings at the Annual Meetings. This decision reflects our concern to reduce the cost of interviewing onsite and to make conference attendance more affordable for our members. 
 

For analysis of the number and types of jobs listed with SBL and AAR, check out the latest jobs report.

Employment Center at the Annual Meetings
The Employment Center, sponsored by SBL and the American Academy of Religion, provides the opportunity for employers and those seeking employment to register for interviews at the Annual Meetings, as well as interview facilities, job listings, candidate credentials, and a messaging service.
 
Tools and Resources
SBL continues to develop and provide access to resources and tools for those engaged and interested in biblical scholarship.
Data and Research

Current Synopsis:
The market continues to change but there are underlying constants:

  • a core of faculty positions at private not-for-profit U.S.-based institutions that are mostly tenure-track.
  • Recent small uptick in entry-level and contingent positions
  • Recent small downtick in upper-level positions.
  • Course load for the average faculty has decreased, as has the degree to which various skills and experiences are required by hiring institutions.

 The latest iteration of the jobs report focuses on data from January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

Read the full report here.

Previous Jobs Reports:
January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012 
January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2010.

Advocacy
SBL advocates on behalf of students, researchers, teachers, and others interested in biblical scholarship on issues such as secondary and postsecondary education, the academic workforce, and scholarly publishing.

 
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