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Open Rank Professor in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
California, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Sep 17, 2018

The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University invites applications for an open-rank position in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament with a specialization in the second temple era, to begin Fall 2019. Areas of sub-specialization are open, but may include Wisdom Literature, the Psalms, Deuterocanonical Books, Intertestamental Literature, and Qumran.  In addition to firm grounding in traditional methods of interpretation, applicants with facility in such approaches as Literary, Cultural, Postcolonial, Feminist  Criticisms of texts, and ability to teach all levels of Hebrew are invited to apply.  Particular consideration will be given to candidates attentive to cultural context, interdisciplinarity (i.e., Bible and Spirituality, Bible and Interreligious Dialogue, Bible and the Quran, etc.), and a willingness to teach on-line.   Candidates must demonstrate promise/success as a teaching scholar and understand and support the school’s Ignatian mission.

Located in Berkeley, CA, JST-SCU is a private, Jesuit, Catholic divinity school committed to “Living Theology. Transforming Our World.” Lay, Jesuit and other religious students come from around the world to participate in JST-SCU’s academically rigorous, socially engaged, and spiritually alive community. An ecclesiastical faculty, JST-SCU prepares lay, Jesuit, and other religious and clergy students for ministries in the Church, society, and academia.

JST is a member school of the Graduate Theological Union (">, the most comprehensive center for the graduate study of religion in North America. With a focus on interreligious, ecumenical, and interdisciplinary perspectives, GTU faculty and students engage the world’s religions and wisdom traditions in contemporary contexts, educating innovative leaders for the academy, religious organizations, and the nonprofit sector, equipping scholars to embody the critical thinking, ethical frameworks, compassionate values, and spiritual foundations essential to building a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

Faculty are teaching scholars who balance a commitment to quality teaching with active programs of research and creative scholarship. Ideal candidates should demonstrate not only potential for excellent graduate teaching, but also promise in sustained research and scholarly publication, and service to the school, the GTU, the community, and the Church. The successful candidate will mentor students in JST-SCU’s ecclesiastical programs (STL and STD) as well as our various master’s degrees and GTU programs.

Applicants are invited to visit our website ("> for background on JST-SCU’s mission, programs and degrees offered, faculty opportunities for interdisciplinary programs and research, and the multicultural student population we serve. Initial interviews with a selected pool of applicants will take place at the Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in Denver, Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Salary Competitive salary and benefits package; housing assistance program

Basic Qualifications 

1. Completion of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament by the time of application.

2. Evidence of effective and excellent teaching. Experience mentoring/directing graduate work is desirable.

3. Evidence of an agenda for scholarship and promise of publication, or sustained publication (depending on rank), in the area of expertise.


The successful candidate will:

• teach four graduate courses per year on the semester system, including foundation courses in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, and topics in selected texts and topics for doctoral and advanced master’s students. The successful candidate will offer a range of courses that will serve JST and GTU’s extraordinarily diverse student body and programmatic needs.

• direct (if appropriate to rank) and contribute to comprehensive exam, thesis, and dissertation committees;

• develop a research agenda that leads to peer-reviewed publications;

• provide service to the school as appropriate to rank.

• have or be willing to develop expertise in rigorous and engaging on-line education.


Start Date 08/15/2019 (approx)

Work Authorization A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 09/17/2018

Close Date 11/10/2018

Open Until Filled          

Special Instructions to Applicants 

Applicants should submit:

1. A cover letter or personal statement that includes ( a ) a statement of teaching philosophy, ( b ) a projected research agenda, ( c ) the applicant’s experience or interest in working with people of diverse cultures and identities, ( d ) the applicant’s understanding of the mission of JST-SCU;

 2. A curriculum vitae and, if applying at the rank of assistant professor, copies of graduate transcripts;

 3. Sample syllabi and teaching evaluations from courses taught;

 4. An example of scholarship, e.g., in-press or published article;

 5. Three letters of recommendation (three letters of reference will automatically be solicited through the applicant portal system upon submitting your application).

* Submit all application materials through the Santa Clara University hiring portal at

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees. Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master’s universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world. EEO Statement Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.


Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

 Required Documents

1. Cover Letter 

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Syllabi and Teaching Evaluations 

4. Example of scholarship 

Optional Documents

1. Unofficial Graduate Transcript 

2. Other: Teaching Evals (additional_1)

3. Other: Teaching Evals (additional_2)

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