Department Chair, Theology and Religious Studies - University of San Diego in San Diego California

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University of San Diego

San Diego, California 92110

United States


Detailed Job Description

University of San Diego

Department Chair, Theology and Religious Studies

The University of San Diego invites applications for the position of chair, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, to begin September 1, 2014. This appointment will be tenured at the rank of associate or full professor, contingent upon successful completion of the university tenure process.  Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarly research with publications appropriate to senior faculty rank.  

The candidate for chair must have a doctorate in a theological discipline. While the specialization is open, the department has a specific need for expertise in historical theology.  Scholars with specializations in biblical studies or church history are also encouraged to apply. Candidates should have an extensive understanding and appreciation of the intellectual traditions of the Catholic Church, its social teaching, and their relationship to the university’s mission.  We seek a colleague who has a record of active and continuing research, proven excellence in teaching and advising students, and the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and university administrators.  Administrative experience, strong communication and interpersonal skills, evidence of collaborative leadership, and a vision for the department’s future are essential.

In addition to chair responsibilities, the candidate should be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in his/her area of expertise.  The candidate is expected to maintain an active research agenda.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and rank.

The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.  As an equal opportunity employer, the university is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment in its administration, faculty, staff, and student populations.  The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is a community of seventeen full-time teacher-scholars who advance teaching and research in the fields of theology and religious studies, with particular attention to fostering understanding of Catholic traditions.

Candidates must submit a letter of intent, a complete vita, and a list of three references.  Please send hard copies of all materials to: Dr. Judith Liu, Chair, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego CA 92110-2492. Evaluation of applications will begin on October 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary private interviews will be conducted through the AAR/SBL Annual Meetings Employment Center in Baltimore, November 23-25, on a pre-arranged basis.

The department and university are strongly committed to diversity and especially encourage applications from ethnic minorities and members of other underrepresented groups.

All candidates must register as applicants for this position at, job number IRC11726.  However, do not upload your application documents electronically via this site.  Rather, send hard copies as described above.

Contact: Judith Liu (, +1 (619) 260-4751.


Keyword Phrases

  • Chair
  • Theology
  • Religion
  • Religious Studies
  • San Diego
  • Tenure-track
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Department Chair
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume