Patrick and Barbara Keenan Chair in Religious Education

Closed for Applications

The Faculty of Theology of the University of St. Michael’s College invites applications and nominations for the tenure-stream Patrick and Barbara Keenan Chair in Religious Education to begin 1 July 2021. Rank will be at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor depending upon the candidate’s qualifications. The successful applicant will teach the core courses for the Master of Religious Education program, such as Philosophy of Catholic Education, Faith Development Across the Lifespan, and Religious Education in Multifaith Contexts, as well as courses for the MTS and MDiv programs. The successful applicant will teach and supervise graduate students through the Graduate Centre in the Toronto School of Theology.

Applicants must have a PhD in Theological Studies (or an equivalent degree), an explicit grounding in Catholic theology and evidence of a strong performance in teaching. The Faculty of Theology is especially interested in candidates with experience in areas such as religious epistemology, pedagogy, moral development, cultural theory, faith formation, or educational leadership. Excellence in research and publications and strong evidence of a sustainable research agenda is required. The successful applicant will be supportive of the mission of the University of St Michael’s College, and will develop partnerships with the publicly-funded Catholic education system in the Province of Ontario.

St. Michael’s is a Roman Catholic Faculty of Theology in the Toronto School of Theology, an ecumenical federation of seven theological schools affiliated with the University of Toronto. The Faculty is committed to theological teaching and research that is interdisciplinary, ecumenical and sensitive to multi-faith and multicultural contexts.  We seek to form students for service in Church and society through faithful and rigorous scholarship grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more details about the Faculty, see Details of the University of St Michael’s College can be found at and details about the Toronto School of Theology are at

To apply, please send as email attachments a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching experience, and three names (and contact details) of referees, to  Please address the correspondence to:  John L. McLaughlin, Interim Dean, Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, 81 St Mary Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Canada. Nominations may also be sent to the attention of Interim Dean McLaughlin.

The application deadline is January 15, 2021.   Applications will be reviewed as they arrive.

 The University of St. Michael’s College offers competitive salaries, generous benefits (health care, vision and dental) and a defined benefits pension plan.

 We thank all applicants for their interest.  Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Citizens of the USA, Mexico, and Chile may be appointed to this position under their country’s relevant trade agreement with Canada.

 The University of St. Michael’s College is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, LBGTQ persons, people who take a religiously informed view of human experience, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. If you require accessibility accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Officer at 416-926-7118 or

  • Start Date
    July 1, 2021
  • Department
    Faculty of Theology — Supervised by: Dean, Faculty of Theology
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