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The Starr King faculty and staff are comprised of people dedicated to scholarship, religious leadership, and sacred social change. We are a small, close-knit team working to train progressive religious leaders committed to creating just and sustainable communities.

Current Openings

Opportunities to join our team don’t come along every day but we encourage professors, school administrators, and support staff who connect with our mission to feel free to forward their resumes to or to introduce themselves at community events.

See below for a few of the benefits of joining this team:

Benefits Overview
  • Medical Insurance through CalChoice
  • Optional Dental and Vision Coverage Plus Free Long-Term Disability Coverage
  • Life Insurance – $50K Free Coverage
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with 5% Match
  • 4 Weeks of Vacation plus school breaks
  • 12 Paid Holidays plus a Floating Holiday

Starr King School for the Ministry centers its pedagogical model on countering oppressions, confronting what many in academia turn away from, not just acknowledging that systemic oppressions exists but actively working to dismantle them and offer new and innovative possibilities for creating a more equitable and sustainable future.

Dr. Ashley Bacchi

Starr King Faculty

Assistant Professor


Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM), a Unitarian Universalist and multi-religious graduate theological school preparing spiritual leaders for ministries of compassion and sacred social change since 1904, invites applications for a full-time core faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning August 2023. While SKSM campus is in Oakland, California, the position does not require or entail relocation. SKSM offers the Master of Divinity and the MA in Social Change, and several specialized certificates.

Candidates for the position will have a Ph.D. or equivalent academic degree in Practical Theology and/or Trauma and healing studies, with a specialization in at least one of the following areas: Womanist theologies, Black Studies, African Indigenous Traditions, Indigenous Traditions. The cover letter should also indicate scholarly and teaching competence in any other areas relevant to theological education.

The teaching load is four courses a year, including semester-length courses in the Fall and Spring terms and intensive courses in August and/or January.


Faculty with exceptional records in online and hybrid teaching will be preferred. The successful candidate will also be expected to work collegially and inter-disciplinarily, advise students, direct independent studies, contribute to the work of the SKSM Faculty and to the scholarship in their area of expertise.

Special attention will be given to candidates with a record of counter-oppressive education and scholarship and who are able to offer classes that apply theology and ethics to the practices of ministry and community activism. The successful educator/scholar will be grounded in transformative pedagogies, a strong research agenda, and a desire to be an active member of a multi-religious and anti-oppressive educational community.

Application Instructions

Applications should include:

  • a letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable)
  • a one-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • a statement explaining how your academic and professional experiences prepare you for counter-oppressive theological education
  • academic writing sample (no more than 20 pages)
  • and at least three professional reference letters.

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2022. Nominations for the position are welcome. Preliminary interviews will occur online in November via Zoom. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The term of appointment would begin August 1, 2023 or as soon as practicable thereafter.

Please direct all inquiries concerning this position to:

Starr King School for the Ministry is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons from traditionally underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to apply.

Thank you for your interest in this position. We will review only complete applications and contact only candidates selected for an interview.

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