Lecturer (Renewable Term) Pastoral Liturgy and Sacramental Theology

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Santa Clara University
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Lecturer (Renewable Term) Pastoral Liturgy and Sacramental Theology

Santa Clara University

Department, Program, Center: Religious Studies

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College or School: College of Arts and Sciences


The Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic University, is now searching for a full-time Lecturer to address persistent, programmatic needs in undergraduate and graduate teaching. This is a nine-month, full-time, three year non-tenurable teaching appointment that may be renewed for additional terms contingent upon the availability of funds, persistent programmatic need, and superior teaching, service and professional activity. The initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of additional terms of three years and then six years contingent on superior performance, persistent programmatic need, and availability of funds. After nine years, there is the possibility of promotion to senior lecturer. Lecturers have responsibilities in teaching and instructional leadership, curriculum development and advising (70%), professional activity (15%), and service (15%). The expected teaching load is 7 courses over three academic quarters (Fall, Winter, and Spring). In a normal year, 2-4 of those courses typically will be graduate courses in the area of pastoral liturgy and sacramental theology in our Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries, and 3-5 will be undergraduate courses in the area of Catholic Theology that serve the department's participation in the University's Core Curriculum (www.scu.edu/core) and our major. The graduate courses are offered both on-site for local students and in a hybrid in-person/online format for students in more distant California dioceses, so familiarity with teaching technologies (learning management systems, video conferencing) and online pedagogy is necessary. The undergraduate courses are on-site in a traditional classroom. The annual teaching distribution between undergraduate and graduate courses will be decided by the chair of the Religious Studies department on an annual basis.

Salary: Salary and benefits competitive.

Basic Qualifications:

Completion of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree in theology by the time of appointment;
Evidence of effective and excellent university-level teaching in graduate and/or undergraduate classes in the area of pastoral liturgy and/or sacramental theology;
Familiarity with online teaching technologies and online pedagogy;
Evidence of or potential for strong performance as a colleague taking part in the life and work of the department and University;
A strong record of professional achievement.

Preferred Qualifications:


Duties include but are not limited to:
1. Teach a course load not to exceed three courses per quarter and seven courses in an academic year and serve as faculty advisor.
2. Develop syllabi, assignments, readings and course schedule that align with the course description and course learning outcomes, conduct all assigned class meetings and exams in a timely and professional manner.
3. Hold weekly office hours on campus.
4. Assign and submit student grades that are an accurate and fair evaluation of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline.
5. Participate in curricular design and assessment meetings as appropriate to the candidate’s teaching areas as determined by the Department Chair.
6. Administer numerical and narrative course evaluations as well as other evaluation instruments as directed by the Chair or Dean.
7. Engage in professional activity that may consist of scholarly or creative work, professional practice, or other active engagement in a discipline or field that enables the Lecturer to remain current in their area of expertise and vital as a teacher.
8. Engage in appropriate department, College or University-level service.
9. Fulfill other instructional, academic or service activities such as attending faculty meetings or department special events and serving as faculty advisor to designated students or groups, as assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or the Chair of the Department.

Work Authorization:

Santa Clara University does not sponsor any visa applications for this position. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States.

Close Date: 2/15/2018

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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Additional Information:

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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.

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 at http://www.scu.edu/cs/. 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.

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