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Assistant Professor specializing in Hebrew Bible

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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 University of Dayton’s Department of Religious Studies seeks applications for a tenure track faculty position specializing in Hebrew Bible at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an appointment starting August 16, 2023. The successful applicant will teach the undergraduate introductory course in religious and theological studies as well as more specialized Bible courses at the undergraduate and MA levels, and may occasionally teach doctoral courses that connect to the PhD program’s focus. They will also support graduate-level doctoral exams and mentoring in scripture for master’s and doctoral students. Participating in the department’s faculty-led work, including department meetings and committee assignments is also expected. The department is particularly interested in applicants who have research or teaching expertise in one or more of the following areas: Latinx/Hispanic theology and interpretation, Womanist or African-American interpretation, Jewish studies, and/or disability studies.

The Department of Religious Studies is a thriving and collegial department. Our department offers introductory and advanced courses in the University's Common Academic Program for undergraduates, supports a major and several minors in Religious Studies and Theology, offers M.A.s in Theological Studies and Pastoral Ministry, and features a Ph.D. in Theology, with a focus on U.S. Catholic experience. Many of our faculty members have recently developed new undergraduate and graduate programming in Campus Ministry, Marian Studies, Jewish Studies, and Disability and Ministry, and we remain committed to our emphases in Black Catholic and Latinx theology and history. Many of our faculty are engaged in interdisciplinary conversations related to their research as well as experiential learning with undergraduate and graduate students.

At the University of Dayton, we value our inclusive climate because we see it as a theological imperative grounded in our Catholic and Marianist mission. We know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to an education that fosters respect for all peoples’ dignity, as well as advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We encourage and welcome all candidates to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • ABD nearing completion in Biblical Studies, with a research focus in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament;
  • Promise of excellence in:
    • Research in candidates area of expertise
    • Teaching in Hebrew Bible at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Ability to contribute to Catholic intellectual traditions and the characteristics of Marianist higher education.
  • Effective written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Scholarship in one or more of the following areas: Latinx/Hispanic interpretation, Womanist and/or African American interpretation, Disability studies, Jewish studies;
  • Successful experience in one or more of the following:
    • teaching Latinx/Hispanic interpretation, Womanist and/or African American interpretation, Disability studies, Jewish studies teaching as instructor of record;
    • online and/or hybrid teaching;
    • alternative teaching techniques, e.g. successful experience with experiential and active learning strategies to foster and maintain student engagement, successful use of learning resources, including technology and/or active learning strategies);
    • serving, leading, and/or collaborating within a department, broader university community, and or community in general
    • mentoring and advising;
    • working with and/or teaching socially and culturally diverse communities;
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills;
  • Effective oral communication skills;
  • Effective classroom management skills;
  • Commitment to breadth of education including educating the whole person in the Marianist tradition to support the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and a commitment of service to the community, university and profession.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

A complete application for the position consists of:

  • a letter of intent which addresses all the required qualifications listed above and as many preferred qualifications as apply;
  • a c.v.; 
  • a one page teaching philosophy on how your teaching will contribute to Catholic intellectual traditions and the characteristics of Marianist higher education in inclusive excellence and to the commitment of the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and how these principles inform your work;
  •  a one page statement of research agenda; and 
  • the contact information of three references. Letters of reference will be solicited at a later stage of the process. 
  • If the degree is not in hand at the time of application, the applicant should submit a form of evidence of anticipated degree completion (e.g. letter from advisor stating the defense date).

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. We will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

Posting closes at 11:55 PM EST

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status. The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.

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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