Assistant Professor of Theology

Saint Martins University
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 15, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Theology
Subject Areas: Moral Theology, Christian Ethics, and/or Catholic Social Teaching
Position Type: Tenure-track
Employment Type: Full-time
Position Location: Lacey, Washington, USA
Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled
Date Posted: September 2020

Saint Martin’s University, a private Catholic, Benedictine university located in Western Washington, invites applications for a for a full-time, tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Theology beginning in the Fall of 2021. Those with competencies in the areas of Moral Theology, Christian Ethics, and/or Catholic Social Teaching are invited to apply. Specializations in Applied Ethics - bioethics, environmental ethics, business ethics, sexual ethics, and the ethics of war - are particularly welcome.

With the intention of more fully embracing the spiritual and intellectual heritage of our living Catholic Benedictine tradition, the department of Religious Studies is currently re-envisioning its identity to give expression to the theological perspectives of the Catholic tradition while continuing to honor and engage with the wisdom of the world’s faith traditions through the academic subdisciplines of Religious Studies. Critical to this process is the creation of a degree granting program in Theology and ongoing assessment of the department’s role within a newly implemented Core Curriculum – a holistic educational program informed by the Catholic Benedictine tradition and encouraging of interdisciplinary collaboration.
Successful candidates for the Assistant Professorship in Theology must be able to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, a well-defined research agenda, and a desire to serve the department and broader university community. To that end, we seek dynamic educators who are supportive of the university’s Catholic Benedictine mission and eager to participate in the necessary work of curricular and institutional development. Moreover, we seek candidates who are practicing Roman Catholics who have, or are willing to apply for, a mandatum.
Full-time teaching loads in the department of Religious Studies are typically 12 credit hours per semester or 24 credit hours per academic year. Faculty are expected to satisfy their regular teaching responsibilities by offering general and specific classes in the department and Core Curriculum. Openness to the possibility of teaching in the university’s First Year Seminar and Distance Education programs, or at one of our extension campus locations, is appreciated.

Saint Martin’s University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. Successful candidates must have a Ph.D., or its equivalent, in hand prior to accepting the position. Documentation verifying a candidate’s ability to work in the US is required prior to the date on which their appointment takes effect.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your curriculum vitae, unofficial or official copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a cover letter summarizing your teaching philosophy, research agenda, and interest in the position. Finalists will be expected to submit three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this appointment can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Ian Werrett -

Ranked by Niche as the second (#2) most diverse private college in Washington State in 2020. Saint Martin’s is extremely proud of our student diversity. Our university treasures persons of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, orientations, races, and religions. In particular, we know that students educated in an ethnically diverse settings perform better academically and reap greater professional success than their peers from more homogeneous learning environments. We proudly celebrate that our student population is 51% undergraduate and 32% graduate students of color. We are committed to pursuing an employee community which reflects a similar, if not the same percentage.

Therefore, we intentionally encourage and request that members of historically underrepresented groups apply to join this community. All of us, from all backgrounds, are making a commitment to do and be better for our students, faculty and staff.

Established in 1895, Saint Martin’s University serves as the educational mission of Saint Martin’s Abbey. The Abbey is a Catholic Benedictine monastery, whose members pray, work, and live together on the University campus. As the mission is Catholic and Benedictine, one of our values is a spirit of hospitality welcoming all, regardless of an individual’s faith, religion, or spirituality.

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