Open Rank Professor, Religious Studies

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Open Rank Professor, Religious Studies

Santa Clara University

Department, Program, Center: Religious Studies

Specialty or Subdiscipline: Catholic Feminist Theology

College or School: College of Arts and Sciences


The Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit Catholic university, invites applications for an open-rank tenure stream position in Catholic Feminist Theology (areas of specialization open to feminist systematic theology, fundamental theology ecofeminism, feminist hermeneutics, mujerista theologies, womanist theologies, postcolonial feminist theologies, feminist ethics), to begin Fall 2018. The candidate must demonstrate success as a teaching scholar and understand and support the University's Jesuit mission.

Located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is a private, Jesuit, Catholic university committed to promoting social justice in a comprehensive educational setting. Faculty are teaching scholars who balance a commitment to quality teaching with active programs of research and creative scholarship. Ideal candidates should therefore demonstrate not only potential for excellent undergraduate teaching, but also promise in sustained research and scholarly publication, and service to the department, College or University.

The Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University is multidisciplinary, with over twenty full-time faculty representing a variety of fields in theological and religious studies ( In addition to its primary focus on undergraduate education, the department also includes a master's degree program in Pastoral Ministries.

The successful candidate will teach six undergraduate courses per year on the quarter system; will be expected to successfully develop and/or maintain a research agenda, potentially including undergraduates, that leads to peer-reviewed publications; and will provide service to the department, College, and University, as appropriate to rank. The successful candidate will offer a range of undergraduate courses that will serve the department's participation in the University's Core Curriculum ( and our major. It is possible that the successful candidate may teach an occasional course in the graduate program.

Applicants are invited to visit the University's website ( for background on Santa Clara's mission, scope of programs and degrees offered, faculty opportunities for interdisciplinary programs and research, and the multicultural student population we serve.

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package; housing assistance program

Basic Qualifications:

Completion of the doctoral degree by the time of appointment (September 1, 2018).
Evidence of effective and excellent university-level teaching in upper-and lower-division classes is required at the time of appointment.
Evidence of an agenda for scholarship and promise of publication, or evidence of excellent and sustained publication (depending on rank), in the area of Catholic feminist theology.

Preferred Qualifications:


Duties include but are not limited to:
a) Teach classes as assigned and demonstrate a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively in the context of an integrated education.
b) Use appropriate measures of student performance, providing timely feedback to students.
c) Assign grades and offer feedback that offers an accurate and fair evaluation of student work.
d) Post and maintain regular office hours at times reasonably convenient to students.
e) Serve as an advisor to assigned students and provide informed advice.
f) Develop courses and keep abreast of the field and contribute to general curriculum development in a collegial manner.
g) Engage in a level of scholarly or creative work or professional activity commensurate to rank and contribute to the research life of the department in a collegial manner.
h) Engage in service to the department, College, University, the profession, and the wider community. These include but are not necessarily limited to fostering and advancing the mission and goals of the department, the University, or the profession through contributions other than teaching and scholarship such as service on committees, participation in professional organizations and activities, and community service performed in virtue of their professional expertise or association with the University.

Work Authorization:

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

Close Date: 10/15/2017

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Required documents are due by October 15, 2017. Only files with all documents submitted by the deadline will be reviewed.

Questions about this posting may be directed to Fred Parrella, Professor, Religious Studies and Chair, Search Committee:

Additional Information:

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) a statement on how the applicant’s research plans might foster intradepartmental and interdepartmental connections and contribute to College or university priorities, and (e) the applicant’s understanding of the mission of Santa Clara as a Jesuit, Catholic university; (2) a curriculum vitae and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; (3) sample syllabi and teaching evaluations from any courses taught; (4) an example of scholarship (e.g., a book or dissertation chapter or in-press or published article); and (5) three letters of recommendation (applicants will submit reference contact information only; the University will solicit the letters from references directly upon submission of application). Submit all application materials through the hiring portal at

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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.

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. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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