Check out today's Inside Higher Ed. They are running a piece from The Way of Improvement Leads Home archives.
If you get an interview at the American Historical Association or
another meeting with a church-related college, you need to do your
homework. What kind of church-related college is it? A good place to
start is Robert Benne's Quality With Soul. Benne identifies
four different types of church-related colleges. I have charted my own
course in this post, but have relied on some of Benne's classifications.
There are many schools that have historic connections with Protestant
denominations. This, of course, does not mean that those connections
will have any bearing on the hiring process or the AHA interview. For
example, Duke University has a historic connection to the United
Methodist Church, but this connection will play no factor in the search
process. The same might be true of a place like Gettysburg College, a
school with connections to the Lutheran Church. If you have an AHA
interview with this kind of church-related school, there is no need to
treat it any differently than you would an interview at a nonsectarian
school or public university. You may not even realize that you are
interviewing with a church-related school!
Other church-related schools take their church-relatedness a bit more
seriously. Catholic schools, for example, might ask you if you have any
problems with the Catholic mission of the university. In most cases,
however, this issue will not be raised during the AHA interview. (It
might be raised by an administrator during an on-campus visit). The only
exception to this rule is the small number of Catholic colleges who
only hire Catholic faculty. If these schools interview at the AHA (most
will not), the committee will not only ask you if you are Catholic, but
will want to know if you are a practicing Catholic. (Yes, a private
school can ask such a question).