Assistant Professor in Theological Ethics
Detroit, MI Religious Studies
Job Type

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Position Classification

FT Faculty UDMPU (9 month)

Position Summary

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Theological Ethics, with specialization in healthcare ethics, to begin August 2024. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose research and teaching interests also include Catholic theology and interreligious dialogue.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates shall have Ph.D. or Th.D. in Religious Studies, Theology, or Ethics. Advanced ABDs will be considered, but must have their Ph.D. or Th.D. completed within one year of hire. The successful candidate will make significant contributions to our undergraduate and graduate curricula, as well as the university Religious Studies Core Curriculum requirement. At the undergraduate level, they will be expected to teach multiple sections of Healthcare Ethics, in addition to topics in their area of specialization. At the graduate level, they will teach courses pertaining to Catholic theology and interreligious dialogue. The teaching load is 18 credit hours (6 courses) per academic year for faculty with an active research agenda.

Preferred Qualifications

We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research in a liberal arts setting. Strong candidates will have a record of experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching diverse students. The Department of Religious Studies is deeply committed to the University’s distinctive mission of educational excellence to a diverse student population within a vibrant urban context and a commitment to community engagement. The University’s mission can be found at Information about the Department of Religious Studies, its structure, and its curricula, is posted on our website:

Physical Requirements

Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).

Work Environment

Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.

Salary/Pay Information

Commensurate with experience

Anticipated Schedule


Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates must apply by completing an application and uploading materials. Materials must include: 

  • A letter of application 
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Sample syllabi or detailed course proposals
  • A teaching statement
  • A DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) statement
  • A writing sample
  • Transcripts

Three (3) letters of recommendation should be available upon request. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 31, 2024, and will continue until an appointment is made.

The University of Detroit Mercy is a comprehensive Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions. It is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to equality of opportunity and a diverse work force. Women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The Department of Religious Studies is committed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university community and curriculum.