Position Description & Responsibilities

The Department of Religious and Theological Studies invites applicants to teach one or two sections of the course RTS2820 Bioethics and Healthcare: Theological Perspectives. The sections available will meet in person on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:00 am - 9:15 am, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm., and 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm. The fall 2021 semester starts on August 30th and runs through December 17th (this includes the final exam period).

This course considers medical and healthcare issues derived from new technologies and capabilities with the human sphere. Theological bioethics aims to integrate the discipline of theology with the field of biomedical ethics to evaluate the goals of healthcare and practices associated with these goals. The course will involve an examination of the theological sources and methods used for addressing biomedical and healthcare issues in a contemporary context, for example end of life care, physician assisted suicide, abortion, reproductive technologies, organ donation, genetics, and social justice concerns. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ethics of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Christian moral tradition, and some nonreligious sources in their approach to a variety of issues facing the healthcare community. Attention will focus on foundations for religion, medicine, and spirituality as they intersect in care for the body and soul in the first half of the course, while the second half of the course will turn to bioethical issues that involve religious and ethical discernment.


Terminal Doctorate in Theology with some college-level teaching experience is preferred. Qualified ABDs and MAs will also be considered.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Sample syllabi of courses taught
  • Teaching evaluations
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College:

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 8/5/21