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Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Chestnut Hill College
Job Location:
Philadelphia, 19118
Religious Studies and Theology

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation

The Center for Integrated Humanities at Chestnut Hill College invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies beginning in the Fall 2024. The candidate will also direct Chestnut Hill College’s Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Chestnut Hill College, founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, is an independent, Catholic institution that fosters excellence by providing a holistic education within a strong liberal arts tradition. This is a 9-month, full-time position with all associated benefits.


Candidates must have an ABD or earned Ph.D. or other terminal degree in Religious Studies, Theology, or Ministry from an accredited university, with a specialization in Spirituality. Evidence of strong organizational experience relating to effectively running the College’s Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, teaching competency, and research capacity is required.


In addition to teaching courses primarily in Spirituality in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, and team-teaching in interdisciplinary courses, the person will also perform the duties listed below in their role as Director of the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. The required teaching load at Chestnut Hill is 4 courses per semester, but the candidate will also receive release time to serve as Institute Director.

The Institute leads the Chestnut Hill College community in working for the healing of divisions within and among human persons and communities by promoting forgiveness and reconciliation at every level of life together.

Duties of the Director of the Institute include:

  • Creating and offering training modules for skill development in the area of forgiveness and reconciliation. These skills revolve around listening, empathy, open and honest communication, mediation and conflict resolution/transformation, and restorative justice awareness. At least two skill development workshops are offered each year.
  • Creating and organizing a Planning Circle for Forgiveness and Reconciliation with members of administration, faculty, and staff who meet three times per semester to share values and experiences, ideas and recommendations, expertise, and service.
  • Organizing conferences and workshops on topics related to forgiveness and reconciliation by networking with other local and national organizations that are also committed to peace, healing, and non-violence. This involves identifying speakers, obtaining administrative support, and conducting publicity.

Please visit for more extensive information on the distinctive passion of the Institute, its activities, its history, and its resources.

Overall, the candidate will contribute to the goals of the Center for Integrated Humanities which include (1) a high-quality learning environment through the promotion of the humanities; (2) continuing scholarship; (3) curriculum and program development and enhancement; (4) quality student advising and mentoring; (5) service to the department and college which will include committee work, and (6) support of the College’s mission, which aims to provide students with a holistic education in an inclusive Catholic community marked by academic excellence, shared responsibility, personal and profession growth, service to one another and to the global community, and concern for the earth.

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Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, areas of scholarship, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references HERE. Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts must also be submitted if granted an interview. No phone calls, please.

Following updated guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Chestnut Hill College has dropped its vaccine mandate. However, the College and the CDC strongly encourage full COVID vaccination and boosters for eligible members of our community.

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