Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Spiritual Care

Toronto, ON, Canada ● Virtual Req #62
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Spiritual Care

Emmanuel College invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Practical Theology and Spiritual Care. This is a two-year, contract-limited appointment at the rank of assistant professor. The successful candidate will possess the ability to teach a variety of theories and practices of spiritual care to students from diverse religious and spiritual traditions. Expertise in one or more of the following teaching areas is desirable: trauma informed approaches, family systems, Indigenous healing modalities, aging/human development, mindfulness-based modalities, and spiritually integrated psychotherapy. Demonstrated excellence in research and teaching is essential. A completed PhD or equivalent in Spiritual or Pastoral Care (or related discipline) prior to the position start date is preferred, but consideration will be given to ABD candidates nearing the completion of their degree.

Emmanuel is a college of Victoria University in the University of Toronto (U of T), a member institution of the Toronto School of Theology (TST) and a theological school associated with the United Church of Canada that provides educational programs (all offered conjointly with U of T) designed for Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and others preparing for a variety of vocations. All qualified applicants are invited to apply; however, priority will be given to qualified Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Information about the College can be viewed on our website. Emmanuel College is committed to equity in access to employment and a diverse and inclusive workplace. The College encourages applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Review of applications will begin after 15 March 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Teaching for this appointment will:

  • demonstrate sensitivity to a variety of religious perspectives
  • display theological sensibilities coherent with the ethos of the United Church of Canada
  • offer approaches and methodologies for understanding the faith-based practices of diverse religious traditions
  • respect the dynamic and formative interaction of religious-spiritual practice and reflection
  • take account of religious diversity as well as interreligious and Christian ecumenical contexts
  • contribute to the overall formation of students as spiritual leaders in diverse contexts
  • engage the socio-political, economic and cultural aspects of religious-spiritual identity 

I.   Job expectations and responsibilities

A.   Teaching at Emmanuel College and the Toronto School of Theology (TST) by:

  1. teaching five semester-courses per academic year, including: 
  • courses that support the College’s professional master’s programs
  • teaching, supervising and giving research direction to Toronto School of Theology basic degree students (MDiv, MPS, MSMus, MTS) and/or giving research direction to graduate TST Graduate Degree students (Th.M., M.A., D.Min., Ph.D.) 
  1. being available, through office hours or by appointment, to students for consultation, including

 B.    Engaging in research, scholarship and professional activity by: 

  1. maintaining knowledge of and participating in professional and pedagogical conversations appropriate to the field. 
  2. participating in appropriate scholarly and professional associations

 C.    Participating in administrative activities by: 

  1. serving at Emmanuel College as a member of the faculty and the appropriate committees within Emmanuel College, Victoria University, the Toronto School of Theology, and the University of Toronto 
  2. acting as an advisor for assigned students at Emmanuel College and TST 
  3. participating in the community life of Emmanuel College

The Qualifications and Qualities listed below are held to be of equal importance in performing the “Job Expectations and Responsibilities” listed above.


II.   Qualifications

  1. At least ABD status in a PhD program (or equivalent), in field related to Spiritual or Pastoral Care 
  2. Demonstrated excellence or promise of excellence in scholarly research in this field 
  3. Demonstrated excellence or promise of excellence in teaching


III.    Qualities

A.   Educational stance

  1. ability to articulate one’s own philosophy of education for an educational context engaged in the development of spiritual care providers, psycho-spiritual therapists, religious professional leaders and academic scholars 
  2. fluency in a variety of teaching methods 
  3. commitment to the life of the College and the process of considering religious and community issues in light of a general or specific concern for issues of social justice

B.    Theological stance

  1. ability to articulate theological positions in relation to spiritual care and psychotherapy 
  2. respect for the diversity of religious perspectives 
  3. openness to cultural diversity, interreligious, intra-religious and ecumenical dialogue 
  4. participation in a religious community

C.    Relation to religious communities

  1. willingness to connect occasionally with local, regional, and national United Church of Canada communities through continuing education events sponsored by the College or through delivering occasional lectures or through other venues 
  2. willingness to serve as a resource to a variety of religious communities

D.   Collegiality

  1. demonstrated collegial style 
  2. willingness to work in interdisciplinary fashion within the College curriculum 
  3. willingness to collaborate with Emmanuel College and Toronto School of Theology colleagues in faculty work 
  4. ability to be in creative dialogue with faculty colleagues, students, and the wider community

IV.   Appointment procedure and rank


A.   This contractually limited term appointment at Emmanuel College will be full time for two years at the rank of assistant professor.

V.   Effective Date 

Review of applications will begin after 15 March 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. “The appointment is to commence on or after 1 July 2021 and conclude on 30 June 2023.”  Please send c.v. and letter of application (indicating qualifications and experience related to this position) and arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent separately. Materials should be submitted electronically to, attn.: Principal Michelle Voss Roberts.



Other details

  • Job Family Employee
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Virtual