Assistant Professor of Religious Studies



Job description

Duluth, MN

The College of St. Scholastica invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies beginning Fall 2021. The department plays an important role in the academic formation of all students, introducing them to diverse religious and spiritual traditions.

We seek a colleague with doctoral training and expertise in the discipline of religious studies, who is comfortable teaching regular survey courses on religions of the world and the theories and methods in the study of religion, as well as other courses depending upon expertise and department needs. Candidates should have an active scholarly agenda and proven excellence in creative and student-centered learning at the undergraduate level. Priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice.

The ideal candidate will be a collegial and collaborative colleague committed to the College’s Catholic Benedictine values and fostering a culture of inclusive excellence in support of the College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. The position also offers opportunities to collaborate with Catholic Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, Sustainability, and Women and Gender Studies programs. PhD should be secured by date of appointment. Review of applications will begin two weeks after initial posting.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teach introductory survey courses in religious studies and other courses based on expertise and department need.
  • Participate in department, college, and community service.
  • Maintain an active research agenda demonstrated through presentations and publication
  • Contribute to and participate in fostering a culture of inclusion in support of college diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

Required Qualifications:

  • Completed doctorate in hand by date of appointment
  • Proven excellence in creative and student-centered learning at the undergraduate level.
  • Active scholarly agenda

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong commitment to social justice, as demonstrated through teaching, relevant research or community engagement.
  • Interest in collaborating with the interdisciplinary programs in the School of Arts and Letters, such as Catholic Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, Sustainability, and Women and Gender Studies programs.

The College of St. Scholastica is a thriving independent private college with its main campus overlooking Lake Superior in Duluth, extended campuses throughout Minnesota and vibrant online programs that attract learners from around the world. Since 1912, The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) has been preparing students for responsible living and meaningful work by emphasizing the Catholic Benedictine values upon which it was founded: Community, Hospitality, Respect, Stewardship and Love of Learning. At CSS, equity and inclusion are viewed as key ingredients to academic excellence and student success.

The College serves an enrollment of approximately 4,000 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs throughout six schools— nursing, arts and letters, business and technology, education, health sciences, and sciences. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks CSS among the best colleges and universities in the region for academic excellence and in 2018 Money magazine included St. Scholastica as a top “best colleges for your money” based on educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings.

How to apply

For more information and to apply, visit The College of St. Scholastica is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to creating an educational and work environment that is rich in diversity, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty and staff. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Kevin Vaughan ([email protected]), Search Committee Chair, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, The College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811.

The College of St. Scholastica is a Catholic Benedictine institution and the only independent private college in northeastern Minnesota. The College was founded in 1912 by a group of pioneering Benedictine Sisters who offered college courses to six young women. Today St. Scholastica educates more than 4,000 men and women and has graduated more than 18,500 living alumni.