Assistant Professor of United Church of Canada Studies

Toronto, ON, Canada Req #158
Friday, September 9, 2022
Assistant Professor of United Church of Canada Studies

Emmanuel College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in United Church of Canada (UCC) Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will hold a PhD or ThD in a theological discipline, possess extensive knowledge of and ministry experience with the UCC, and demonstrate the ability to research and teach courses related to the UCC and World Christianity. Expertise in relation to global and ecumenical movements in Christianity in connection with one or more of the following teaching areas is desirable: history of Christianity, global missions and partnerships, ecumenism, lived religion, interfaith relations, and Indigenous-settler relations. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarly research is essential.

Emmanuel College is a college of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, a member institution of the Toronto School of Theology and a theological school of the United Church of Canada that provides educational programs (all offered conjointly with the University of Toronto) designed for Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and others preparing for a variety of vocations. All qualified applicants are invited to apply; however, priority will be given to qualified Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Information about the College and a detailed description of the position can be viewed on our website. Emmanuel College is committed to equity in access to employment and a diverse and inclusive workplace. The College encourages applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Preference will be given to those affiliated with the United Church of Canada. 

Teaching for this appointment will:

• display theological sensibilities, including engaging the United Church of Canada ethos
• respect the dynamic and formative interaction of religious practice and reflection
• correlate with the other religious disciplines and perspectives in constructive conversation
• demonstrate sensitivity to a variety of religious perspectives, taking account of intercultural, interreligious, and Christian ecumenical contexts
• engage the socio-political, economic and cultural aspects of religious identity
• contribute to the overall formation of students for diverse forms of ministry in religious communities and other organizations, as well as training doctoral students within the larger interdisciplinary context of the Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto
• support and strengthen the college’s relationship with the United Church of Canada

I. Job expectations and responsibilities

A. Teaching at Emmanuel College and the Toronto School of Theology by:
 
1. Normally teaching equivalent to five semester-courses per academic year, including:
  • Courses that support the College’s professional master’s programs (MDiv, MPS)
  • teaching, supervising and giving research direction to Toronto School of Theology graduate students (MA, ThM, PhD, DMin)
2. being available, through office hours or by appointment, to students for consultation

B. Engaging in research, scholarship and professional activity by:
1. pursuing original research to fill gaps in scholarship in areas related to one’s discipline and United Church studies 
2. producing and disseminating the results of original research in written and oral forms through various media 
3. engaging in professional activities such as involvement in professional societies, eventual work on relevant editorial boards, conferences, etc. 
4. maintaining knowledge of and participating in professional and pedagogical conversations appropriate to the field participating in appropriate scholarly and professional associations

C. Participating in administrative activities by:
1. serving at Emmanuel College as a member of faculty and its committees, the Emmanuel College Council, and the Senate and/or the Board of Regents of Victoria University and its committees
2. serving as a member of appropriate committees within the Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto 
3. acting as an advisor for assigned students at Emmanuel College
4. participating in the community life of Emmanuel College

The Qualifications and Qualities listed below are held to be of equal importance in performing the “Job Expectations and Responsibilities” listed above.

II. Qualifications
 
1. PhD or ThD
2. Demonstrated excellence or promise of excellence in scholarly research in a theological discipline
3. Demonstrated excellence or promise of excellence in teaching

III. Qualities
 
A. Educational stance
1. ability to articulate one’s philosophy of education in an educational context engaged in the development of religious professional leaders and academic scholars 
2. fluency in a variety of teaching methods
3. commitment to the life of the College and the process of considering religious and community issues in light of a general or specific concern for issues of social justice

B. Theological stance 
1. ability to articulate theological positions in relation to United Church heritage 
2. respect for the diversity of religious and theological perspectives 
3. openness to cultural diversity, interreligious, intrareligious and ecumenical dialogue
4. participation in a community of faith

C. Relation to religious communities
1. commitment to help communities of faith understand and incorporate both tradition and emerging perspectives in the United Church of Canada 
2. willingness to serve as a resource to a variety of religious communities including but not limited to the United Church of Canada

D. Collegiality
1. demonstrated collegial style
2. willingness to work in an interdisciplinary fashion within the College curriculum
3. willingness to collaborate with Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology and University of Toronto colleagues in faculty work
4. ability to be in creative dialogue with faculty colleagues, students, and the wider community

IV. Appointment procedure, salary and rank
The appointment will be full time at Emmanuel College at the rank of assistant professor, tenure stream

V. Effective Date
Review of applications will begin 15 November 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment is to commence on or after 01 July 2023. Please send c.v. and letter of application (indicating qualifications and experience related to this position) and arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent separately. Materials should be submitted electronically to ec.searches@utoronto.ca 


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