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Job Opening: University of San Diego

Department Chair, Theology and Religious Studies

The UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO invites applications for the position of chair, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, to begin September 1, 2015. This appointment will be tenured at the rank of associate or full professor, contingent upon successful completion of the university tenure process. Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarly research with publications appropriate to senior faculty rank. Successful experience as department chair preferred.

The candidate for chair should be a theologian with a doctorate in one of the following areas of Catholic theology: historical theology, church history, systematic theology, theological ethics, or biblical studies. Candidates should have an extensive understanding and appreciation of the intellectual traditions of the Catholic Church, its social teaching, and their relationship to the university's mission. Candidates should hold tenure or its equivalent at their current institution. We seek a colleague who has a record of active and continuing research, proven excellence in teaching and advising students, and the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and university administrators. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, evidence of collaborative leadership, and a vision for the department's future are essential.

In addition to chair responsibilities, the candidate should be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in his/her area of expertise. The candidate is expected to maintain an active research agenda. Salary will be commensurate with experience and rank.


The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service. As an equal opportunity employer, the university is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment in its administration, faculty, staff, and student populations. The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is a community of seventeen full-time teacher-scholars who advance teaching and research in the fields of theology and religious studies, with particular attention to fostering understanding of Catholic traditions.

Candidates must submit a letter of intent, a complete vita, and a list of three references. Please send hard copies of all materials to: Chair, Search Committee, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego CA 92110-2492. Evaluation of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The department and university are strongly committed to diversity and especially encourage applications from ethnic minorities and members of other underrepresented groups.

All candidates must register as applicants for this position at http://www.sandiego.edu/jobs, job number IRC 11726. However, do not upload your application documents electronically via this site. Rather, send hard copies as described above.

Contact: Search Committee Chair ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), +1-619-260-4525.