Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Theology and Religious Studies - TRS 189: The Bible and Its Interpretation: Wealth, Poverty, and Economic Justice. (LEAP)

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7069955 (Ref.No. 2004790)
Posted: September 18, 2020
Application Deadline: October 1, 2020

Job Description

Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Theology and Religious Studies - TRS 189: The Bible and Its Interpretation: Wealth, Poverty, and Economic Justice. (LEAP)

Location: Online

Open Date: Sep 17, 2020

Deadline: Oct 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:
Background

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.

The LEAP Program is a bachelor's degree program specifically designed for current and former professional dancers, with students in California, Nevada, and New York.

Responsibilities

The LEAP Program and Department of Theology & Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College seek to hire a per-course adjunct faculty member to teach TRS 189 The Bible and Its Interpretation: Wealth, Poverty, and Economic Justice.

This Spring 2021 section is scheduled to be delivered in an online modality, for students in our Los Angeles and Las Vegas cohorts.

This Biblical studies course has a specific focus on wealth, poverty, and economic justice. As such, it includes an introduction to the most important biblical texts and themes; teaches students to employ critical, scholarly tools for reading and interpretation; concentrates on themes that appear in a diversity of biblical texts; and moves beyond the Bible to modern relevance and implications regarding wealth, poverty, and economic justice.

Course:

TRS 189 (LEAP)

Date/Time:

Spring 2021

(Online)

Synchronous online class sessions to be held Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Course Description: Intended for students in the LEAP program (whose core curriculum requirements for graduation include completion of a “Christian Foundations” course), this course focuses on the Bible, the sacred scriptures of the Jewish and Christian peoples, texts that have had a profound influence on religion, art, politics, and culture for over two thousand years. As such, some understanding of the Bible is essential for a well-informed perspective on the Western world. This course will expose students to a range of significant texts, events, and themes in the Bible; in particular, the class will place special focus on some of what the Bible has to say with regard to issues of wealth, poverty, and economic justice—and what impact or implications such discussions might have for biblical readers today; moreover, students will encounter some modern scholarly methods and tools for biblical interpretation as we reflect on the influence and potential relevance of this revered literary anthology that we call the Bible. Co-curricular lectures are an integral part of this class. This course satisfies the Theological Understanding (Christian Foundations) requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Learning Outcomes: demonstrate familiarity with a range of texts, terms, and themes in biblical literature and Christian theology relevant to money, wealth, poverty, economic justice; demonstrate an ability to engage relevant literary, socio-historical, and/or cultural factors in the interpretation of biblical texts; demonstrate an ability to articulate and reflect critically on connections between course material and contemporary socio-political, cultural, and economic phenomena.

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications and Experience:

The successful candidate will be able to document successful study at the advance level of Catholic biblical hermeneutics. An earned doctorate in scripture is preferred, however, doctoral students and other scholars who have earned at least an MA or equivalent in scripture will be considered.

The successful candidate will be able to document specific experience connecting themes in biblical literature with issues of wealth, poverty, and economic justice—and what impact or implications such discussions might have for biblical readers today.

The successful candidate will have significant experience teaching in an online modality, including synchronous class sessions and asynchronous engaged learning approaches; significant experience in a culturally diverse classroom setting; foster a student-centered, interactive and collaborative learning environment; and demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education.

Preference will be given to applicants with teaching experience with adult learners.

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