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Tenure-track: Christian Spirituality

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Santa Clara University

The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Christian Spirituality with competence to teach courses in Ignatian spirituality. Areas of sub-specialization are open but may include spirituality and ministry, interreligious dialogue, history of spirituality, spirituality and scripture, spirituality and missiology, cultural expressions of spirituality. 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, interdisciplinarity, and a willingness to teach online. 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 (www.gtu.edu), 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 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 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.

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.

The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2018.



Basic Qualifications

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. Experience with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.


Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:

  • Teach four graduate courses per year on the semester system, including courses in Ignatian and other spiritualities, as well as a range of courses that will serve JST-SCU’s and GTU’s diverse student body and programmatic needs.
  • Direct and contribute to comprehensive exam, thesis, and dissertation committees.
  • Develop a research agenda that leads to peer-reviewed publications.
  • Provide service to the school as appropriate to rank.

Have or be willing to develop expertise in rigorous and engaging online education.
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 Clery 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 (www.scu.edu/cs/).


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-SCU, (e) the applicant’s experience with the Spiritual Exercises.
2. A curriculum vitae and copies of graduate transcripts;
3. Sample syllabi and teaching evaluations from courses taught;
4. An example of scholarship, e.g., in-press or published article;
5. Three letters of recommendation.

Submit all application materials through the hiring portal at https://jobs.scu.edu.