The Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in theological and social ethics, to begin Fall 2024. Areas of specialization are open, but they should complement existing SCU faculty strengths; specific areas may include political ethics; economic ethics; ethics of globalization; war and peace; human rights; conscience; environmental/sustainability ethics; or bioethics/public health ethics. A strong candidate will offer evidence of engaging social issues from within the Christian tradition (broadly understood) using constructive and contextual methodologies. Candidates must demonstrate familiarity with and an ability to engage Catholic Social Teaching as well as a strong knowledge of the philosophical and theological dimensions of the current scholarly field of ethics nationally and/or globally. In addition, candidates should demonstrate research and teaching interests that bridge more theoretical ethical approaches (religious and philosophical) with pressing social, political, and cultural issues. Successful candidates will demonstrate that they pursue their scholarship and teaching within a framework committed to the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates must also show evidence of excellent university-level teaching, an agenda for scholarship leading to publication in the areas of theological and social ethics, and an understanding of the University’s Jesuit, Catholic mission. For more information, see


Duties include but are not limited to:

  1. Teach classes as assigned and demonstrate a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively in the context of an integrated education.
  2. Use appropriate measures of student performance, providing timely feedback to students.
  3. Assign grades and offer feedback that provides an accurate and fair evaluation of student work.
  4. Post and maintain regular office hours at times reasonably convenient to students.
  5. Serve as an advisor to assigned students and provide informed advice.
  6. Develop courses in keeping with trends in the field of theological, philosophical, and social ethics, and contribute to curriculum development in the broader Religious Studies Department and Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries program in a collegial manner.
  7. Engage in a level of scholarly or creative work or professional activity commensurate to rank and contribute to the research life of the department in a collegial manner.
  8. Engage in service to the department, College, University, the profession, and the wider community. These include but are not limited to fostering and advancing the mission and goals of the department, the University, or the profession through contributions other than teaching and scholarship such as service on committees, participation in professional organizations and activities, and community service performed in virtue of their professional expertise or association with the University.


Additional Information

Required documents, including reference letters, are due by September 22, 2023. Only files with all documents submitted by the deadline will be reviewed.


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