The College Theology Society

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Danforth Endowed Chair in Theological Studies, Saint Louis University

  • November 13, 2021 12:01 PM
    Message # 12124612

    Who is Saint Louis University? Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. SLU, which also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.

    Saint Louis University invites distinguished applicants for the Danforth Chair in the Department of Theological Studies. We seek an Associate or Full professor, and strongly encourage women and members of other underrepresented groups to apply. The appointment is expected to begin on August 1, 2022.

    Saint Louis University is a nationally ranked research university and has set ambitious benchmarks for research excellence and productivity. The Department of Theological Studies has an outstanding record of research awards and publications with leading university presses and journals—the Danforth Chair will be expected to strengthen this emphasis. Candidates will have a distinguished publication record and an ambitious research agenda commensurate with the rank at which they are hired.

    The research agenda of the Danforth chairholder will diversify existing expertise as well as methodological approaches within the Department. Area of specialization is open, though the Chair will be expected to strengthen one or both concentrations of our redesigned doctoral program (Christianity in Antiquity and Christian Theology). For more information on these two programs and our faculty, please visit our website:

    The Danforth chairholder will teach two courses each year, with offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Chair also receives a graduate assistant.

    As one of our visible leaders, the Danforth Chair will be asked to stimulate innovation within the Department, represent us effectively to wider constituencies and strengthen recruitment efforts for our programs. A record of professional leadership in the candidate’s field is highly desirable.

    Regardless of his or her own faith tradition, the successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission, which affirms the importance of diversity and fosters an inclusive work environment (

    All applications are made online at and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Please upload cover letter and CV as a single PDF document.

    We will begin reviewing applications immediately until the position is filled.

    Questions about this position should be directed to the chair of the search: Rubén Rosario Rodríguez, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Contact email:

    Vaccine Protocol: Saint Louis University will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, staff, and faculty who are physically present on our St. Louis campuses. As a prospective and/or a new employee at Saint Louis University, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at Saint Louis University. If you are not vaccinated, you will be required to begin the vaccination process at the time of your first day of employment. Exemptions may be granted on the grounds of religious beliefs or medical circumstances. 

    Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.

    Last modified: November 13, 2021 12:12 PM | Tobias Winright

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