Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in New Testament

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Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University

The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST) invites applications for an Assistant or Associate rank position in New Testament with a specialization in Gospels, to begin Fall 2022. Areas of sub-specialization are open, but may include Johannine Literature, Pauline Studies, and Catholic Epistles.  In addition to firm grounding in traditional methods of interpretation, applicants with facility in such approaches as Literary, Cultural, Postcolonial, Feminist, Ecological Criticisms of texts, and ability to teach all levels of Greek are invited to apply.  Particular consideration will be given to candidates attentive to cultural context, interdisciplinarity (for example, New Testament and Spirituality, New Testament and Interreligious Dialogue, New Testament and Ethics, Latinx Hermeneutics, etc.).   The  candidate  must  demonstrate  promise/success  as  a teaching  scholar  and  understand  and  support  the  school’s  Ignatian  mission.  Facility in on-line pedagogy  (or willingness to acquire this) is a strong desideratum.  Ability to teach in Spanish is a positive consideration. 

Located in Berkeley, CA, JST is a private, Jesuit, Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry committed to “Living Theology. Transforming Our World.” Students come from around the world to participate in JST’s academically rigorous, socially engaged, and spiritually alive community. An ecclesiastical faculty, JST prepares lay, Jesuit, and other religious and clergy students for ministries in the Church, society, and academia.  JST is committed to the strategic goal of enriching the quality of our community of scholars by increasing diversity among faculty, staff, and students.  Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences related to achieving this goal in their letter of application.

JST is a member school of the Graduate Theological Union, (www.gtu.edu), the most comprehensive center for the 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 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.

JST faculty are 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 in service to the school, the GTU, the community, and the Church. The successful candidate will mentor students in JST’s ecclesiastical programs (STL and STD), as well as our various master’s degrees and GTU programs.

Initial interviews with a selected pool of applicants will take place via Zoom during the first week of November with finalists invited to campus later that month.  

The successful candidate will:

  • teach four graduate courses per year on the semester system, including foundation courses in New Testament and topics in in this testament for doctoral and advanced master’s students. The successful candidate will offer a range of courses that will serve JST and GTU’s extraordinarily diverse student body and programmatic needs.

  • direct (if appropriate to rank), and contribute to, comprehensive exam, thesis, and dissertation committees; 

  • develop a research agenda that continually leads to peer-reviewed publications; 

  • provide service to the school and the GTU as appropriate to rank. 

  • Have, or be willing to develop, expertise in rigorous and engaging on-line education.

Applicants are invited to visit our website (www.scu.edu/jst/) 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. 

Also, in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clergy Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University annually collects and makes publicly available information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents (https://www.scu.edu/vice-provost-for-student-life/campus-safety/clery-act-compliance/).

Qualifications:

1. Completion of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree in New Testament by the time of application.

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, or sustained publication (depending on rank), in the area of expertise.

Rank and Salary

Assistant or Associate Professor
Competitive salary and benefits package; housing assistance program; relocation assistance available.

Starting Date

August 1, 2022

Application Deadline

October 22, 2021

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit:

(1) 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; 

(2) a curriculum vitae and, if applying at the rank of assistant professor, copies of graduate transcripts; 

(3) sample syllabi and teaching evaluations from courses taught; 

(4) an example of scholarship, i.e., in-press or published article; 

(5) three letters of recommendation. 

Submit all application materials through the hiring portal at: Assistant Professor in New Testament at the Jesuit School of Theology