Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Theology & Religious Studies (TRS 125) Theologies of Liberation

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7101580 (Ref.No. 3126605)
Posted: June 7, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: May 23, 2022
Deadline: Jun 06, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description: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 Theology and Religious Studies, Theology of Liberation, in the traditional undergraduate program in Fall 2022.

This course will be taught on the Moraga campus, in person, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30am - 11:35am during the 2022 Fall term.

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the intersection of theology and social justice by way of various theologies of liberation, resistance, and decolonization. A particular focus of this class is how these politically and socially conscious theologies emerged in Latin America during the 1960s and 1970s, insisting that the Word of God is mediated through the cries of the poor and oppressed, and asserting that through our participation in the struggles of the poor we can begin to understand the implications of the gospel message and its call for the liberation of the oppressed people from unjust political, economic, and social subjection. By focusing the lens of theology on the injustices faced by those on the margins of modernity, this course is concerned with the ways in which Christian theology inspires compassion, critical reflection, and resistance to social injustice and ecological damage.

The ideal candidate will possess an earned doctorate in theology and/or religious studies with a documented specialization in theologies of liberation (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.

Candidates must reside in California.

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