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Professor & Spearin Endowed Chair of Catholic Theology

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Work Type: Faculty Full Time
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: Faculty
Department: Religious Studies - 208490
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Position Summary:

The Mary Ann Spearin Endowed Chair in Catholic Theology will be a nationally recognized scholar active in their theological field, and will hold the rank of tenured professor or associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies. The individual holding this position is expected to provide expertise in the area of US Catholicism, with a particular grasp of how the unique American experience shapes Catholicism in the US and to demonstrate through scholarship the intellectual focus of the department’s doctoral program: locating Catholic theology in history and culture with attention to the United States’ diverse contexts. The Spearin Chair’s research will contribute to the national and international reputation of the department by making significant contributions to theology while drawing from other academic disciplines, with a preference for historical theology. The position requires teaching in the department with emphasis in graduate education, which includes mentoring doctoral and MA students, advising MA theses and PhD dissertations, and encouraging students’ professional development. The Chair will assist in the administration of the doctoral and/or master’s programs as determined in consultation with the department chairperson. The Chair will work collaboratively with colleagues in the department, including the other endowed chairs, to develop appropriate symposia, colloquia, or conferences that will benefit the field of theology and increase recognition of the department and its programs.

To pursue this agenda, the Spearin Chair will teach a 2/1 course load per academic year, to be determined in consultation with the department chair. The Spearin Chair will have access to discretionary funds to support their work, share an administrative assistant with other department endowed chairs, and have opportunities to work with a graduate assistant.

Minimum Qualifications:

● PhD in Theology or Historical Theology or equivalent degree, e.g. Religious Studies, STD, ThD
● Distinguished record of scholarship in their field
● Research agenda with focus on Catholic theology intersecting with history and culture in the United States
● Record of teaching, scholarship, and service commensurate with the criteria for tenure and promotion to associate professor at the University of Dayton
● Demonstrated success in advising, directing, or mentoring students
● Demonstrated record of collaborative work​ ​in their academic department.

In addition to the above requirements, appointment at the rank of professor requires a record of teaching, scholarship, and service commensurate with the criteria for promotion to the rank of professor in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Dayton.

Preferred Qualifications:

While everyone may not possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following qualifications:

●Research focus that engages the diversity of US Catholicism
● Demonstrated record of leadership within professional societies.
● Demonstrated successful experience in one or more of the following:
○ teaching and engaging diverse student populations
○ teaching at the master’s and/or doctoral level
○ teaching in a hybrid format
○ mentoring doctoral and MA students
○ advising MA theses and PhD dissertations
○ encouraging professionalization of students
○ administration of doctoral and/or master’s programs
○ collaborations with colleagues in developing symposia, colloquia, or
conferences in the field of theology
● Expressed willingness to engage with the Catholic and Marianist values of UD
● Effective interpersonal communication skills
● Effective oral communication skills

Special Instructions to Applicants:

A complete application consists of the following:
- Cover letter addressing how the applicant fulfills the required and preferred qualifications;
- Curriculum vitae;
- Sample of current research (not to exceed 35 pages);
- Evidence of teaching success which may include syllabi, student evaluations, or examples of innovations in content and pedagogy;
- Contact information for three references. References will not be contacted until the committee has narrowed the pool and secured permission from the candidates.

Posting closes at 11:55 PM EST.

Closing Statement:

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels.  Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at http://www.udayton.edu/hr/employee_resources/dual_career_resources.php


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