Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Theology & Religious Studies (TRS 189-02) The Bible & Its Interpretation: Great Themes Martin Luther King, Jr.s Use of the Bible in Pursuit of Social Justice

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7081021 (Ref.No. 2361977)
Posted: July 12, 2021
Application Deadline: July 23, 2021

Job Description

Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Theology & Religious Studies (TRS 189-02) The Bible & Its Interpretation: Great Themes Martin Luther King, Jr.s Use of the Bible in Pursuit of Social Justice

Location: Moraga, CA

Open Date: Jul 9, 2021

Deadline: Jul 23, 2021 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 189-02, “The Bible & Its Interpretation: Great Themes - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Use of the Bible in Pursuit of Social Justice,” in the traditional undergraduate program in Fall 2021.

There is one section available:

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:15am-10:20am

This class will be taught in person on the Moraga campus. Please note the expectation that the faculty member will conduct regular office hours, though they will be held on-line.

Course Description:

The objective of this class is twofold. First and foremost, its goal is to facilitate a direct engagement with the Bible, the sacred scriptures for the Jewish and Christian faiths. Through its stories, teachings, practices, and rituals, the Bible plays a critical role in the formation of Jewish and Christian senses of identity and vision while also supplying the normative challenge for how they should live. Second, while introducing students to the most important events, themes, and characters in the Bible, especially as encountered in the Torah and the Gospels, this course aims to give students the opportunity to practice using scholarly tools, methods, and lenses for reading and interpretation. Since the text is inevitably interpreted, even by those who say they are simply letting the text speak for itself, this course will help students learn to identify the interpretive assumptions used by various communities throughout the centuries and today, skills that will serve students well in many areas of study and thought.

Please note: TRS 189 is not the same as TRS 097; instead, it is reserved for upper-division students who have transferred to Saint Mary's with 16.0 or more credits. In addition, each section of this course will focus on a special issue, theme, or question that arises in a diversity of biblical texts. (Here are some recent examples of great themes: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Use of the Bible; Women and the Bible; The Bible and Art; and Reading the Bible Through the Ages.) The special theme of this section will be Martin Luther King, Jr.'s use of the Bible in pursuit of social justice.


Candidates for this position ideally should possess an earned doctorate in theology and/or religious studies or biblical studies with a documented specialization in theologies of justice and deep familiarity with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s use of the Bible. Those who have reached the ABD stage in their active progress toward a doctoral degree (i.e., completion of all qualifying and competency examinations) will also be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of teaching effectiveness in classes with a focus on Martin’s Luther King, Jr.’s use of the Bible, particularly among undergraduates.

NOTE: This course number is used for rotating special topics. Those desiring to teach this course should ensure that they have been qualified for the posted special topic pursuant to Article 10 of the CBA.

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