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Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies
Faculty Opening with a focus on young adult ministry


Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM) of Loyola University New Orleans invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies with a focus on young adult ministry. This position supports a grant project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. entitled “F.I.E.L.D.: Faithful Innovation through Encountering, Listening, and Discerning: Practicing Synodality in Ministry with Young Adults.” The purpose of this project is to collaborate with parishes across the country to become more synodal and create innovative ministries and initiatives in ministry with young adults marked by synodality. This position will be funded for five years. 

Qualifications

  • D.Min. or Ph.D. in practical theology, religious education, pastoral studies, Catholic theology or related field

  • Strong preference for expertise in Catholic pastoral leadership and administration, ministry with young adults, or related field

  • Thorough familiarity with contemporary Roman Catholicism

  • Familiarity with and commitment to practical theology, contextual theological reflection, and synodality

  • Experience in ministry and/or ministry education

  • Strong communication and administrative skills

  • Experience in distance education, social media, and collecting and evaluating data

Responsibilities

This 12-month faculty member will report to the project director and devote half time to teaching and half time to project support. The successful candidate will also teach graduate and undergraduate courses on campus, online, and through LIM’s extension program (LIMEX) in an area of expertise and in related theological and ministry areas.  

This position’s support work will include designing and implementing inter- and intra-cohort gatherings, such as retreats and workshops. This position will also include administrative responsibilities such as collecting and organizing applications, managing evaluation data, and communication; managing social media; and coaching partner parishes.

Loyola University New Orleans seeks to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff, and student populations because broad diversity—including a wide range of individuals who contribute to a robust academic environment—is critical to achieving Loyola's mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and services in an increasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically assessing the many qualifications of each applicant, we would factor favorably an individual's record of conduct that includes experience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a wide variety of educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degrees.

The Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM) is located at Loyola University New Orleans and is committed to the mission and goals of a Catholic, Jesuit university. LIM is part of the College of Nursing and Health, which is committed to health in mind, body, and spirit. LIM offers master’s degrees in pastoral studies and religious education—emphasizing practical theology’s method of contextual theological reflection—as well as certificates and a range of continuing education courses and workshops. The Institute’s distance education programs are offered online and in partnership with dioceses around the United States and around the world.

Application 

A letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references should be emailed to lim@loyno.edu. New Orleans, LA. 70118.  The Loyola Institute for Ministry seeks a highly qualified, diverse applicant pool and especially encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Loyola is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Application review will begin May 11 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, please contact project director Tracey Lamont at tlamont@loyno.edu.

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The Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM) of Loyola University New Orleans invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies with a focus on young adult ministry. This position supports a grant project in support of young adult ministry. The position starts August 2022 and is a 12-month, non tenure-track position that has funding for five years. The successful candidate will have expertise in Catholic pastoral leadership and administration, young adult ministry, or a related field. The successful candidate will also have a D.Min. or Ph.D. in pastoral studies, religious education, practical theology, Catholic theology, or related area and will be a member of the Roman Catholic community with thorough familiarity with contemporary Roman Catholicism. Also required is experience in ministry and/or religious education, experience in distance education, and commitment to contextual theological reflection and synodality. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references should be emailed to lim@loyno.edu. New Orleans, LA. 70118. Informed by the methodology of practical theology, LIM offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs on campus, online, and onsite (LIMEX). The Loyola Institute for Ministry seeks a highly qualified, diverse applicant pool and especially encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Loyola is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Application review begins May 11 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, please contact project director Tracey Lamont tlamont@loyno.edu.

Grant Information

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