Tenure-track Assistant Professor: New Testament

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Loyola University Chicago 

The Department of Theology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago (LUC) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, for academic year 2022-23. The department serves the university’s undergraduate core curriculum and offers undergraduate majors and minors in Theology and Religious Studies. The department also offers an M.A. in Biblical Languages and Literature, Christian Ethics, and Theological Studies, and Ph.D. concentrations in New Testament/Early Christianity, Ethics, and Theology. For more information about the department visit www.luc.edu/theology.

Candidates should be willing to support the mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit Catholic Education. They should be prepared to teach a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses that serve the department’s diverse multi-cultural and multi-religious student body, as well as the Jesuit students in the First Studies program. This faculty member will teach undergraduate core courses (e.g., Introduction to Theology, Introduction to Religious Studies, New Testament), upper-level undergraduate courses in the writings of the New Testament and Early Christianity, as well as graduate-level seminars in their areas of expertise.


Candidates must demonstrate an ability to teach at all levels, undergraduate and graduate, and in the context of a theology department in the Catholic tradition, engaging with colleagues in theology and Christian ethics in a contemporary Jesuit Catholic university. As an urban-based Department of Theology dedicated to mentoring a diverse student body, many of whom come from under-represented and under-served populations, we especially encourage applications from candidates from under-represented groups. We also encourage applications from scholars committed to interdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across different subfields and disciplines) and the successful pursuit of external grants. The successful candidate will be joining a department with 28 full-time faculty members, approximately 50 undergraduate majors and minors, and 50 graduate students.

Candidates for the position must have completed the Ph.D. by the time of hire. They must clearly demonstrate actual or potential excellence in research and teaching, including the ability to mentor graduate students. All candidates should have strong language competence in Classical and koine Greek; knowledge of other languages pertinent to the study of the New Testament and early Christianity, such as Hebrew, Latin, Aramaic, and/or Coptic, is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to fill lacunae in the areas of specialization represented by the current faculty, come with a strong interest in Greco-Roman and Jewish religion and culture, and possess a research profile representing cutting-edge scholarship. Familiarity with the history of the reception of the Bible in the Roman Catholic tradition is expected.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates should submit the following to www.careers.luc.edu: (1) a letter of interest that discusses the applicant’s research interests and agenda as well as teaching experience; (2) a current Curriculum Vitae; (3) a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to mentoring a diverse student body through research, teaching and other channels, and engaging a diverse community through scholarship and service (Inclusive Excellence Statement). Applicants should also provide the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position. References will not be contacted immediately but could be at subsequent points in the review process. For further information, please contact theology@luc.edu or:

Dr. Robert A. Di Vito, Chair
Department of Theology
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660

Review of applications will begin on December 12, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity – including a wide range of individuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and services in an increasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically accessing the many qualifications of each applicant, we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes experience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a wide variety of different educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degrees.

As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn more about the university’s mission and focus on transformative education, please visit www.luc.edu/mission and www.luc.edu/misssion/transformativeed, respectively.