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Faculty Instructor in Theology and Religious Studies

Faculty Instructor in Theology and Religious Studies
Tucson, AZ
Job Description

The Instructor in Theology and Religious Studies serves as part of a dedicated and high-competency instructional team charged with ensuring that every student (grades 09-12) meets or exceeds the expectations for growth in content knowledge, learning skills and personal transformation in this area of study and formation.

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position that includes five courses of Theology and Religious Studies and a typical array of other professional duties (campus supervision, co-curricular programs). For certain Instructors simultaneously qualified in other content areas, the instructional load of this position could be shaped as a hybrid across two content areas (e.g. three courses of Theology Religious Studies and two courses of English Literature and Composition). The Instructor may also elect to participate in extracurricular student activities, sports, and clubs.

All instructors participate in a variety of collegial programs intended to serve their professional and ministerial growth needs. Our school offers an Instructional Leadership Team (ILT), an early-career instructional coach, opportunities for peer observation and content-area professional development, a system of regular classroom observations and conferencing with an administrative colleague, and a team dedicated to leading personal and spiritual formation.

Given our school’s commitment to serving high-potential young people from families of limited financial means in an under-resourced community of Tucson, the Instructor is expected to demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to working with students who come with a history of under-resourced academic support and who will likely be the first in their family to enter a university degree program.
School Description and Mission Alignment

A full description of the mission, identity, and program offerings of San Miguel Catholic High School can be found at The school is located in the Diocese of Tucson and is sponsored by the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle).

As a long-standing member of the national Cristo Rey Network, the school operates with a unique work-and-study educational structure through which every student (grades 09-12) spends approximately five days per month engaged in a professional work assignment at a Tucson area business and spends the other 75 percent of one’s time in college preparatory classes on campus. In order to accommodate this dual programming, the typical school day and academic year are longer than most other area high schools.

In alignment with the school’s commitment to an education that is simultaneously college-ready, career-supported, and Catholic, the Instructor is likewise expected to demonstrate a personal philosophy that highly values all three of these dimensions of a San Miguel education.
Compensation and Benefits

San Miguel Catholic High School offers a competitive salary with a full range of optional benefits including coverage for medical, dental, and vision care, personal and professional leave, professional development, and retirement investment.
The following core competencies are expected of the Instructor in Theology and Religious Studies and constitute the framework on which evaluations are made in the interview process:

Instructional Planning and Preparation

● Content knowledge in Catholic theology and religious studies and pedagogical knowledge in instructional practice at the secondary level
● Knowledge of adolescent development related to the field of theology and religious studies (e.g. adolescent spiritualities and philosophies, lived experiences of religiosity, faith development)
● Evolving familiarity with a wide range of primary and secondary sources in the field of theology and religious studies
● Ability to demonstrate design coherence in instructional planning, assessment, and student learning
Learning environment
● Ability to conduct relationships with students and their families in a multicultural and multireligious environment of respect and rapport
● Ability to motivate student interest in the study of Catholic theology and religion
● Ability to manage classroom procedures and student behavior
Instructional practice
● Ability to lead student learning in a classroom setting in accord with best practices in instructional planning and execution
● Ability to use a variety of assessment methods and techniques to determine student mastery of content and skills and to provide feedback to students about their progress
● Ability to demonstrate flexibility and adaptivity in instructional practice in response to student learning needs and environmental conditions

Professional Responsibilities

● Ability to engage oneself and colleagues as a reflective practitioner who accurately identifies strengths and needs for growth in practice
● Strong communication habits across a variety of media and in a variety of interpersonal settings (e.g. colleagues, students, parents)
● Ability to integrate into a collegial community of teaching and learning experts
● Ability to conduct oneself as a person of integrity, ethical conduct, service to and advocacy for the changing needs of young people and their families


The following qualifications are initially assessed in the candidate’s application and further discussed in the interview process. Candidates with one or more ‘preferred qualifications’ are prioritized in the selection process.


● One to three years of experience in classroom instruction at the secondary level
● Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Catholic theology, religious studies, philosophy, or related field
● Earned (or working towards) certification in secondary instruction


● Five years of instructional experience in theology and religious education with high school students
● Three years of experience working with young people and families of under-resourced communities
● Master’s degree from an accredited university in religious education, Catholic theology, religious studies, philosophy, or a related field
● Cultural knowledge of indigenous tribal and Latinx communities in Arizona
● Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish
● Ecclesial certification for ministry with young people


In its interview process for qualified candidates, San Miguel Catholic High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our teaching and learning community.

Next Steps

Qualified and highly motivated candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae or résumé to Advancing candidates will be contacted with information about the interview process and invited to submit a full set of application materials.

San Miguel Catholic High School uses a rolling interview process in which the position may be filled at any time. It is therefore to the candidate’s advantage to make one’s interest known as soon as possible.
Start Date
Salary is determined according to the faculty schedule and is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Contact Christine Miranda
Phone: (520) 294-6403
Fax: (520) 294-6417
6601 S. San Fernando Road, Tucson, AZ 85756