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Open Rank Professor in Christian Spirituality, Tenure/Tenure-track

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Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University

Applications are being accepted by the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University invites applications for an Open Rank Position in Christian Spirituality to begin Fall 2020. A strong candidate will be competent to teach graduate courses in Ignatian spirituality. Areas of sub-specialization are open but may include spirituality and systematic theology, spirituality and ministry, interreligious dialogue, history of spirituality, spirituality and scripture, spirituality and missiology, cultural expressions of spirituality, or anthropology. Applicants should have a firm grounding in the academic discipline of Christian Spirituality with facility in articulating various methodologies, including theological, historical, and hermeneutic, as well as their own approach to the discipline. Particular attention will be given to candidates attentive to cultural context, interdisciplinary and/or interreligious approaches to the study of spirituality and offering evidence of engaging public and social issues using constructive and contextual methodologies. Willingness/readiness to teach online courses is welcome. Candidates must demonstrate promise/success as a teaching scholar and understand and support the school’s Ignatian mission.

Located in Berkeley, CA, JST-SCU is a private, Jesuit Catholic divinity school committed to “Living Theology. Transforming Our World.” Lay, Jesuit and other religious students come from around the world to study with JST-SCU’s faculty. JST-SCU prepares lay, Jesuit, and other religious and clergy students for ministries in the Church, society, and academia.

JST-SCU is a member school of the Graduate Theological Union (, the most comprehensive center for graduate study of religion in North America. With a focus on interreligious, ecumenical, and interdisciplinary perspectives, GTU faculty and students engage the world’s religions and wisdom traditions in contemporary contexts, educating innovative leaders for the academy, religious organizations, and the nonprofit sector, equipping scholars to embody the critical thinking, ethical frameworks, compassionate values, and spiritual foundations essential to building a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

Faculty members are expected to be teaching scholars who balance a commitment to quality teaching with active programs of research and creative scholarship. Ideal candidates should demonstrate not only potential for excellent graduate teaching, but also promise in sustained research and scholarly publication, and service to the school, the GTU, the community, and the Church. The successful candidate will mentor students in JST-SCU’s ecclesiastical programs (STL and STD) as well as our various master’s degrees and GTU programs.

The successful candidate will:

  • teach four graduate courses per year on the semester system that will serve JST and GTU’s extraordinarily diverse student body and programmatic needs.
  • develop a research agenda that leads to peer-reviewed publications;
  • direct (as commensurate with experience) and contribute to comprehensive exam, thesis, and dissertation committees;
  • have or be willing to develop expertise in rigorous and engaging on-line education;
  • provide service to the school as appropriate to rank;
  • be eligible to serve on an Ecclesiastical Faculty.

Applicants are invited to visit our website ( for background on JST-SCU’s mission, programs and degrees offered, faculty opportunities for interdisciplinary programs and research, and the multicultural student population we serve.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. Santa Clara University will provide international sponsorship for non-US scholars. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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  1. Completion of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Christian Spirituality or a closely related field.
  2. Evidence of effective and excellent teaching. Experience mentoring/directing graduate work is desirable. 
  3. Evidence of an agenda for scholarship and promise of publication in the area of expertise.
  4. Evidence of strong familiarity with Ignatian spirituality.
  5. Eligibility to serve on a Catholic ecclesiastical faculty.

Rank and Salary:

  • Open rank
  • Competitive salary and benefits package; housing assistance program.

Starting Date: August 1, 2020
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019, until filled.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit:

  • a cover letter or personal statement that includes
    (a) a statement of teaching philosophy,
    (b) a projected research agenda,
    (c) the applicant's experience or interest in working with people of diverse cultures and identities,
    (d) the applicant’s understanding of the mission of JST-SCU;
  • a curriculum vitae and copies of graduate transcripts;
  • sample syllabi and teaching evaluations from courses taught; and
  • an example of scholarship, e.g., in-press or published article.

Submit all application materials through the hiring portal at

NOTE: Candidates invited for screening interviews will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation.