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St. John's University


Assistant Professor of Black Christian Theologies (Tenure Track) - Department of Theology & Religious Studies


Queens, NY
ID: 219125-951








Tenure Track 


Department of Theology & Religious Studies 


Assistant Professor 


Assistant Professor of Black Christian Theologies (Tenure Track) 


The Institution 

St. John’s established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University’s outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John’s University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations. 


Commitment to Inclusion 

A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission.  As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community.  We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution.  As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.  


St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the cornerstone and oldest division of St. John’s University. The College offers three undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Fine Arts. Although the College has always emphasized the liberal arts tradition, we offer more than thirty majors and forty minors in the arts and sciences, business, and education. The college’s graduate division provides numerous programs leading to master’s and doctorate degrees. St. John’s College serves approximately 3300 undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty in the College also teach the majority of courses in the University’s core curriculum whose courses are taken by every St. John’s University undergraduate student regardless of college/school or major. For additional information, please visit 


The Department of Theology and Religious Studies 

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies includes twenty full-time faculty and over thirty adjunct faculty. We serve undergraduate students in Queens, Staten Island, and on the university’s global campuses, and offer a Master of Arts in Theology on our Queens campus and online. Our faculty members embrace the teacher-scholar ideal, maintaining active research agendas while delivering excellent instruction in the classroom. Over the years, several of our faculty members have been selected to participate in the nationally competitive summer workshops on teaching sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religious Studies. Our faculty publish widely across a range of theological sub-disciplines. They participate actively in the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the College Theology Society, and the Society of Christian Ethics. In 2016, the Department secured a grant of nearly $600,000 from the Lilly Endowment to establish the Vincentian Summer Leadership Institute, a summer program that brings high school students for a weeklong residential experience of service and theological education. 



The Department of Theology and Religious Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position. We seek candidates with research and teaching emphases in Black Christian theologies in the United States. The successful candidate may be a specialist in one or more theological disciplines, including biblical studies, constructive or systematic theologies, theological ethics, Christian spiritualities, church history, and Christian ministry. Competency in contemporary theories of race and ethnicity is expected, and competencies in one or more of the following areas would be preferred: Black Catholicism, Black theologies in the Americas, religions of the African diaspora, womanist thought, decolonial thought. Candidates will also be expected to teach courses in critical race and ethnic studies. The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree in theology or religious studies by the time of the hire, evidence of teaching experience (e.g., a teaching portfolio), demonstrate potential for publication in refereed journals, and be committed to the university’s Roman Catholic and Vincentian mission. 


Application Process 

Application review will begin on November 21, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send a letter of application addressing teaching and training philosophy, curriculum vitae, a selection of publications, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent electronically to:  


Patrick Flanagan C.M., Ph.D., 

Associate Professor and Chair 

Department of Theology & Religious Studies 


St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. I understand that any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education. 


In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual salary range for this position is $75,000 - $80,000.  St. John’s University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.   



This position is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY. View the Google Map in full screen.