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Assistant Professor of Theology

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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Arts & Humanities, Philosophy & Religion
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Assistant Professor of Theology

[start Fall 2022]

Dominican University, a Catholic Hispanic serving institution, invites applications for a full-time Tenure-Track position in Hispanic/Latino/a/x/e Theology at the Assistant Professor level beginning in Fall 2022. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate their support of the university's Catholic Dominican Hispanic serving mission, excellence in teaching, and potential for scholarship. Teaching load is 3/3 and includes opportunities to work with undergraduates who are preparing for ministry, to participate in the Latin American and [email protected] Studies minor, to teach in the interdisciplinary seminar programs which lie at the heart of the University’s undergraduate core curriculum, and to work collaboratively with university ministry on new and ongoing initiatives in Hispanic Ministry and Theology.   


As a diverse, Catholic HSI institution, we are seeking an individual who can demonstrate effective engagement in an environment where colleagues and students come from many backgrounds and identities, as well as someone who can demonstrate commitment to equitable and inclusive teaching and research practices. A successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive and relationship-centered teaching and advising, which affirms the dignity of the human person and concern for the common good. Candidate must be willing to provide students with opportunities to participate in high impact practices. All faculty members are expected to participate in university life and governance, as well as continuing professional development and scholarship.




Required qualifications: 

  • PhD in Theology, or other terminal degree in Theology/Ministry such as a D.Min., Th.D., or STD (ABD considered).
  • Commitment to the Catholic and Dominican mission of Dominican University, and the capacity to    help us articulate, theologically, our reality as a Catholic HSI.
  • Teaching experience
  • Potential for research and scholarship in Hispanic/Latino/a/x/e Theology and Ministry


Preferred qualifications: 

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Experience teaching racially minoritized students and demonstrated experience creating, organizing, and/or leading programs for minoritized student populations.
  • Experience in Hispanic/Latino/a/x/e ministry


About Dominican University:

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution. Dominican University is a relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous, integrative, and innovative undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It is known for its excellent academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors its students, its enduring commitment to social justice, and the enriching diversity of its students, faculty and staff. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican #10 among master's-level universities in the Midwest. Dominican is also ranked #1 in the Chicago area and #3 in the Midwest in the “Top Performers in Social Mobility” category – making the university one of only two schools in the country within the Regional University category to be ranked among the top #10 overall and as an exemplar in social mobility.


Dominican is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Approximately 50% of the 3,000 currently enrolled students are Hispanic. Among undergraduates, 63% are Hispanic, 50% are Pell-eligible and 48% are the first in their families to attend college. Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the university provides students and alumnae/i an accessible and welcoming location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities.


To Apply:

Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter and CV and a list of 3 academic references.  In the cover letter, the applicant should address work and other opportunities they have had to interact and serve in high needs and diverse populations and other interactions with students. Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide official transcripts. A background screening is required upon hire.


Review of applications will begin December 1 and continue until January 1, 2022. Virtual interviews will be extended to candidates advanced by the committee throughout that time period, and then finalists will be invited to Dominican for an on campus interview. All inquiries are welcome, please feel free to contact the search chair, Dr. Clodagh Weldon ([email protected]).


A job offer will be pending a background screening.

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