Posting Cancelled: Summer 2019 | Course Instructor: SMP2205HS “Theosis-Divinization” | Faculty of Theology

Post closing date: April 17, 2019

The University of St. Michael’s College, federated with the University of Toronto, is a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Congregation of St. Basil, whose motto, “Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge,” sets the tone for campus life. Committed to the pursuit of knowledge, meaning and truth, USMC is a dynamic centre where Catholic intellectual life thrives in a context of academic freedom and rigorous debate. The University of St. Michael’s College boasts a large and dynamic undergraduate division, a Faculty of Theology and one of the busiest and most important libraries on the University of Toronto Campus.

Organization: University of St. Michael's College

Location: 81 St Mary St, Toronto, ON, Canada

Start Date: July 2, 2019

Department: Faculty of Theology

Supervisor: Dean, Faculty of Theology

Compensation: $8,323

Hours: $8,323 (includes vacation pay)


This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 4 Collective Agreement.

Position:  Course Instructor
Number of Positions Available One (1)
Term when the course will be offered: 2019 Summer
Course Number & Course Title: SMP2205HS “Theosis-Divinization”
Course Description: Theosis (divinization, deification) has become a veritable buzzword in the Eastern Churches in the last century. It constitutes the Orthodox understanding of grace and sanctification, but it goes further. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not an exclusively Eastern teaching, as various Western Christian authors have taken it up, from the Latin Fathers to Thomas Aquinas as well as modern authors and even the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Recently Anglican, Lutheran, Reformed, Methodist and even Evangelical authors have been drawn to the theme. This course will focus primarily on the biblical, patristic, medieval, and contemporary writings from the Orthodox point of view, with a nod to Catholic approaches. It will engage questions of Image and likeness, incarnational exchange, adoption, the essence/energies distinction.
Qualifications: Ph.D. with expertise in Eastern Christian Studies. Previous teaching experience in a similar course is strongly preferred. Ability to assume sole responsibility for the preparation and grading of all written assignments, and tests.
Brief Description of Duties: Preparation and delivery of course content; goals/outcomes; development, administration and marking of assignments, tests and exams; calculation and submission of grades; holding regular office hours; supervising TAs (if any) assigned to the course.
Salary: $8,323 (includes vacation pay)
Estimated Course Enrolment: 12
Estimated TA Support: N/A
Class Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday 18:00-21:00
Dates of the Appointment: July 2 – July 25, 2019
Application Process Applicants should submit a cover letter, an updated CV and names of three references via email to the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College

Please note that this position is tentative, pending funding, final course determinations and enrolments.

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

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