The Society of Biblical Literature was founded in 1880 to foster biblical scholarship.
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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.
Tools and Advocacy
As we see announcments of interest to religion scholars, we list them here. If you know of any others, let us know so we can add them.
Visiting Scholars for the Center of Theological Inquiry
Find information on fellowship opportunities through The Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey at  The interdisciplinary group of scholars united at the Center benefit from the free exchange of ideas among themselves and the vast resources within the larger intellectual community at Princeton.
There are many web sites devoted to the careers of biblical scholars and other academics. Again, If you know of any others, let us know so we can add them. Also check the Advocacy Efforts for Scholars for sites devoted to the interests of academics.
Articles of Interest on current topics related to the job market in the field of religion scholarship:

Your Official Job-Application Checklist” by David D. Perlmutter in The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 21, 2012

Minding Your Manners for the Conference Interview” by David D. Perlmutter in The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 9, 2012

For good advice on submitting an academic book proposal to a publisher, see Patrick H. Alexander, “The Less-Obvious Elements of an Effective Book Proposal,” in The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 13, 2011.

The Liberal Arts and Leadership by Mark Peltz, from Inside Higher Ed

Graduate School Is a Means to a Job
by Karen Kelsky for The Chronicle of Higher Education

No More Plan B

Good advice from a history graduate student on publishing learned at an annual meeting.

"Mark Twain once remarked that reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. The liberal arts disciplines, it seems, can say the same thing... Majors are steady, enrollments are up in particular fields, and students -- and institutions -- aren’t turning their backs on disciplines that don’t have obvious utility for the workplace." Read more....

Richard A. Greenwald of Drew University offers a new model for engaged scholarship that is less territorial, meets the demands of a fluid workforce, and practical needs of students who may become "micropreneurs." Read more...

Workshops and Colloquies

When Adjuncts Push for Better Status, Better Pay Follows

The First Rule of Faculty Club is...Don't Talk About Faculty Club

Budget Cutting Strategies Reviewed

Working with the Media Guidelines
Academics and the Media: Four Perspectives 
SBL and ASOR are committed to helping our members respond responsibly and well to the tremendous public interest in archaeology, biblical studies, and the ancient Near East. We hope this guide is a helpful step in that direction.
Growing Concerns with the increase of Contingent Faculty Positions
SBL continues to work actively with the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW). Given the fact that most of the academic workforce is employed in full and part-time contingent positions, all faculty need to pay close attention to what is happening in their own institutions. The recent American Association of University Professors newsletter addresses this matter. See also the "Research and Reports" tab on the Coalition's website for in-depth articles on the history, problems, and details surrounding this important segment of our field.

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