Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Theology & Religious Studies (TRS 097) The Bible & Its Interpretation

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7059187 (Ref.No. 1569850)
Posted: August 9, 2019
Application Deadline: August 20, 2019

Job Description

Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Theology & Religious Studies (TRS 097) The Bible & Its Interpretation

Location: Moraga, CA

Open Date: Aug 6, 2019

Deadline: Aug 20, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

Saint Mary's College seeks to hire a per-course adjunct faculty member to teach TRS 097, The Bible & Its Interpretation, in the traditional undergraduate program in Fall 2019.

Tuesday, Thursday 4:45-6:20pm

This course focuses on the Bible, the sacred scriptures of the Jewish and Christian peoples. This diverse collection of writings has served as inspiration and catalyst for a great number of central events in human history—from the movements of liberation led by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., to the great human tragedies of slavery in the Old South and the medieval Crusades. These texts have also had a profound influence on art, literature, philosophy, and politics for over two thousand years of history, particularly in the West. As such, an understanding of the Bible is essential for a well-informed perspective on the world. This course will introduce students to the most important biblical events and themes, raising questions of the influence and relevance of this text for the modern world. This course will also teach students to employ critical, scholarly tools for reading and interpretation, such as historical and literary criticism, as well as various lenses for the modern academic study of religion. Co-curricular lectures are an integral part of this class. This course satisfies the Theological Understanding (Christian Foundations) requirement of the Core Curriculum.


Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies or a sub-field thereof (or have reached the ABD stage in their progress toward a doctoral degree [i.e., completion of all qualifying and competency examinations]). Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of teaching effectiveness (particularly among undergraduates).

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