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Limited Term, Assistant Professor, Catholic Studies

University of St. Thomas (MN)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 26, 2023

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, Religion
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The University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies Department invites applications for a limited-term position at the assistant professor level to begin September 1, 2023.

The appointment is non-tenure-track and is renewable for up to five years. The Department offers an undergraduate major and minor as well as a graduate certificate and degree (M.A.) in Catholic Studies. Guided by the principles of Ex corde ecclesiae and Fides et ratio, we are committed to sustaining and developing the Catholic intellectual tradition. We seek candidates who share these commitments.

The person hired for this position will be expected to teach the department’s core courses and both the undergraduate course and the graduate seminar on Newman. (For information on our core courses, click Catholic Studies Catalog then scroll down to the list of course offerings and click on course descriptions for Cath 101, Cath 205, and Cath 301.) The person hired will also be expected to develop on-line courses for the M.A. program. The standard teaching load is six courses (24 credits or equivalent) per year. 

The person hired for this position will also be expected to assist with the programming of the Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership (Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership | College of Arts and Sciences | University of St. Thomas (

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EOE).  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. We are committed to building a skilled team that represents a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. This commitment is consistent with our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.



As an interdisciplinary department, we seek candidates with competence in multiple elements of the Catholic intellectual tradition (such as, theology, philosophy, history, literature or art) and expect that candidates will have given serious thought to the significant ways in which their teaching contributes to the tradition. The successful candidate will have formal preparation in their discipline and will be expected to give evidence of ability to teach across disciplinary boundaries. Additionally, the successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree prior to appointment or have completed the dissertation and need only to complete the defense. Experience with undergraduate extracurricular programming preferred. Due to the short-term and limited nature of this position, the university would not sponsor permanent residency for this role. 

Apply online at After creating and submitting an applicant profile, you will be taken to the job-specific application.  Here you will be asked to copy/paste a cover letter, detailing your interest in the position. Additionally, upload the following materials to your profile: 

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy and how you understand your teaching to contribute to the Catholic intellectual tradition
  • Complete the reference section of the application by providing contact information for 3 professional references. No references will be contacted without first getting the permission of the candidate. 

Any questions regarding the position should be sent to the search committee chair, John Boyle at 

The position remains open until filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by May 5, 2023. Review of application materials will begin on May 5, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 

Established in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is located in the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and is Minnesota’s largest private university. Its 9,000 students pursue degrees in a wide range of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs.


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