Assistant Professor of Latin Theology (full-time, tenure-track)

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7189648 (Ref.No. 4742776)
Posted: October 31, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: Sep 19, 2023
Deadline: Nov 21, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:Area of Specialization:
We seek a Catholic theologian with specialization in Latin@ theology and religious experience. Expertise in Latin@ religious and socio-cultural identities and inclusive practices will be integral to an ideal candidate's scholarly work and pedagogical philosophy.

We seek an inspiring individual who is at home in the tradition of the liberal arts and who is committed to students, teaching, scholarship, and social justice. We seek a person who can guide students in the life of the mind and the spirit, not merely someone solely interested in preparing students for graduate research. The department focuses on the Catholic Christian tradition that are taught from an ecumenical perspective and in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council. We seek a scholar both knowledgeable and respectful of this tradition. The position will reside in the Theology & Religious Studies Department, though we seek candidates who are also able to engage in multi-disciplinary collaborations with other departments and programs such as Ethnic Studies, the Mission and Ministry Center, and the School of Education.

The candidate will teach the lower division Core course, “Christian Foundations,” which introduces students to the Catholic biblical and theological tradition as well as upper division courses in Latin@ theology and religious experience. All faculty are encouraged to teach in the College's January Term and Collegiate Seminar programs.

Saint Mary's faculty are expected to maintain an active scholarly agenda and demonstrate intellectual growth and significant achievement appropriate to their field. All faculty also contribute to the mission in alignment with Transformation 2028 strategic priorities and as it relates to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, and interdisciplinary programming.

All faculty serve the College and community in many ways, such as academic advising, student and community outreach, participation in departmental and College-wide committees, and the development and assessment of the College's Core Curriculum. Faculty are also expected to teach in the College's Core Curriculum, January Term, and Collegiate Seminar programs.

Institutional Description/Background:

Saint Mary's College of California (Saint Mary's) is a comprehensive university, grounded in the liberal arts, Catholic, and Lasallian traditions in addition to being a vibrant and inclusive Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) that engages the intellect and the spirit with exceptional academics. Saint Mary's was founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers and remains a living legacy of the life and work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers and patron saint of teachers. We provide an education that changes lives and inspires the desire to find one's calling in a world in need of transformation. Saint Mary's invites students to passionately embrace knowledge, the challenges of scholarship, and their own capacity to make lasting change in the world. We are an institution made up of committed faculty and staff who value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction with practices and policies that reflect a commitment to inclusive excellence and a community in which all are valued, respected, and supported.

The salary range for this position is reflected in the Faculty Salary Scale, available here.

Candidates for this tenure-track position should possess an earned doctorate in theology and/or religious studies with a documented specialization in Latin@ theology and religious experience by August 2024. [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.]

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of teaching effectiveness in Latin@ theology and religious experience, particularly among undergraduates. Further preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated leadership experience in and with Hispanic Serving Institutions. Bilingual in Spanish is a plus, but not required.

Saint Mary's is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.

Many Saint Mary’s students are first-generation-to-college, and the College has been designated a Minority and Hispanic-Serving Institution. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden students’ academic experience and to enrich our campus community. Candidates must be sensitive to the needs of and possess an interest in working in an academic community that is diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or identity, disability status, and protected veteran status. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions. Our community believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of our institutional mission. We value inclusiveness in learning, curricular and cocurricular programming, campus climate, recruitment, admissions, hiring and retention. For more information, please visit our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.

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We envision a community that goes beyond tolerance of differences to one guided by social justice, cultural competence and engaged citizenship. We know we can reach greater heights of excellence by learning from diverse people.