Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies to begin in August of 2021. AOS: open. AOC: Catholic moral theology and systematic theology as grounded in the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Teaching load: 21 credit hours per academic year in a 9-3-9 Fall-Winter-Spring schedule.

The qualified applicant is a generalist who holds a doctoral degree in theology or is ABD but will have defended prior to the Fall of 2021. An ideal candidate will also value and be competent in the dialogue of comparative religions with the Catholic tradition. The candidate must possess a strong commitment to a liberal education and undergraduate teaching.

The successful candidate will teach regularly in the university's core curriculum, and teach a range of courses, including Moral Theology, Biomedical Ethics, Introduction to Christianity, World Religions, Faith and Reason, and Scripture. The position offers opportunities for creatively designing upper-division courses that attract students to further study of theology, and expand the major and minor. The candidate will also advise and mentor majors and minors, and supervise capstone theses.

While excellence as an educator is the top priority, the successful candidate will also engage in scholarship and service, work closely with the department faculty, participate in campus committee work, and collaborate with Campus Ministry. In addition candidates should possess the potential and desire to assume some administrative departmental duties. These duties include overseeing program adjuncts, course scheduling and development, assessing program offerings, promoting interdepartmental programs within the university, and collaborating with the larger community.

Successful candidates must also demonstrate a willingness to support and advance Mount Mercy’s mission as a Catholic university as outlined in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, providing student-focused education in the spirit of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy, the religious order that founded the university. This position also requires significant fluency in, explanation of, and active advocacy among the MMU campus community for the Catholic intellectual tradition and especially its theological dimension. Strong preference will be given to applicants who are practicing Catholics willing to make a profession of faith according to Can. 833.7, to seek an episcopal mandate according to Can. 812, and to collaborate with the local Church in joint programming.

Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Qualified candidates should submit (a) a letter of application that includes a statement outlining how the candidate's abilities would contribute to MMU's Catholic, Mercy, and liberal arts identity, (b) a current curriculum vitae, (c) a statement of teaching philosophy, (d) transcripts of all graduate work, (e) evidence of excellence in teaching, (f) a research dossier and a sample of the candidate's scholarly writing, not to exceed 25 pages, and (g) three professional letters of recommendation, submitted separately by the recommenders. Submissions should be emailed as Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments to: hr@mtmercy.edu with the subject line,