Jobs at CTU

Jobs at CTU

For those interested in a career with Catholic Theological Union, the following positions available at CTU are listed below.

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Catholic Theological Union (CTU) is a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Its mission is to prepare effective leaders for the Church, ready to witness to Christ’s good news of justice, love, and peace. CTU’s 4,000 vowed religious women and men and lay graduates are serving in 60 countries worldwide.


Interested candidates should email cover letter and resume to

Visiting Scholar for Thriving in Ministry at Catholic Theological Union

CTU announces the establishment of a Visiting Scholar appointment sponsored by the Thriving in Ministry Initiative which is funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  A Visiting Scholar will propose a research agenda for a stated period of time ranging  from one month and up to one academic year. Research conducted should include some element of inquiry into the thriving of Catholic men and women religious and/or lay Catholic professionals in ministry in the United States. While research goals remain primary, the Visiting Scholar would also offer one public lecture, engage with the grant staff relative to program development and other activities as negotiated. The Visiting Scholar would also interface with the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life.  The agreement will be negotiated with the Director of Thriving in Ministry who will organize and guide the Visiting Scholar’s activities at CTU. A PhD., D.Min. or other relevant degree is required. Applicants from a variety of academic fields will be considered.


Research related to the Thriving in Ministry Initiative entails an exploration of some element of the holistic wellbeing of the minister who serves within a specific ministerial context.  Some current research looks at the minister’s self-integrity, preparation, levels of engagement, resilience and sense of significance. This research might also examine the various relationships, communal structures and social influences that impact the fulfillment and flourishing of the minister. 


In addition to funding, applicants will have access to an office and a computer. Library access includes the institutions of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools and the University of Chicago.

Limited housing is available in CTU’s residence hall for scholars without dependents. Parking is available onsite.  


About Thriving in Ministry

The Thriving in Ministry Initiative is part of Lilly Endowment’s grant-making to strengthen pastoral leadership in Christian congregations in the United States. CTU is one of 24 organizations taking part in the first phase of the initiative. In support of CTU’s leading efforts to prepare effective leaders for the church, including men and women religious and lay men and women, the grant opens a path for the school to identify and overcome obstacles and stress points that keep those ministering in the Church from thriving in their work, particularly those who are within the first ten years of ministry.


About the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life

The Center for the Study of Consecrated Life (CSCL) was established in 2016 to serve as a theological, academic, and pastoral resource for engaging contemporary issues and realities in consecrated life today from a global perspective.  The CSCL carries out its mission through courses, symposia, and workshops. The CSCL seeks to encourage new scholarship across disciplines; provide processes for reflective dialogue and creative imagining; assist in the discovery of new calls to ministry; and explore the internationality of consecrated life. CSCL website.


Application Process

Applications should be completed at least twelve weeks in advance of your anticipated start date. Please send all questions regarding the application and research plans to Marian Diaz at Applicants will receive a response within four weeks of completion of their application. Applications will not be considered until all materials have been submitted.


Complete the online application which includes:

Online Application Form

Upload your CV/Resume

Upload your research proposal – In approximately 5-7 pages (12-point and double-spaced) describe your proposal in detail, using the following outline:

      1. Primary question and rationale. State the primary question under investigation and how it relates to the goals of Thriving in Ministry. Why does is this research important to men and women religious?
      2. Research methods and sources. Describe your research process and methods. Include a bibliography of central texts.
      3. Proposed outcomes of research and dissemination plan. Outline how the research findings will be disseminated via publications, reports, lectures, etc.
      4. Proposed schedule and funding request. Document any other funding requested or received.
      5. Impact. Describe the potential benefits of this project to you personally, to your home institution and to men and women religious in the United States.  


Letters of Support (Emailed to


A letter of release and recommendation should come from the applicant’s chairperson or academic dean confirming release from teaching and academic responsibilities if the funding is awarded.  This letter should also evaluate your ability to complete the project in light of your previous work and demonstrated skills.

A letter on the feasibility of the project from a colleague who can assess the project, the applicant’s capacity to complete the project within the proposed time and the uniqueness and contribution of this project.


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Catholic Theological Union is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Teaching Position in Old Testament Studies

Catholic Theological Union at Chicago invites applications for an entry-level position in Old Testament Studies. The position is full-time and tenure-track in the Biblical Literature and Languages (BLL)Department. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Old Testament studies by September 1, 2021.  Additional competencies in early Jewish literature and the New Testament are desirable.

The responsibilities connected with this position include teaching on the Master’s level and supervising Master’s theses and projects. The BLL department is responsible for an annual study-tour of biblical lands.  The BLL faculty rotate responsibility for the academic direction of the program, which includes in-class preparation and onsite input.  CTU has distance-learning programs so faculty are expected to be able to teach online courses.

Catholic Theological Union was founded fifty years ago to prepare men from several religious orders and congregations for the ordained ministry in the Roman Catholic Church.  Today its student body also includes women and men, religious and lay, who are preparing for a variety of ministries in the Catholic Church. CTU offers several academic and professional Master’s degrees and a professional doctorate. The successful applicant will join a faculty of women and men who have a reputation for excellence in teaching and creative scholarship engaging both the academy and the Church. The applicant should feel at home with the mission and environment of a Catholic school of theology.   CTU’s faculty and administration are committed to theological education within the Roman Catholic tradition, in ecumenical, interfaith, and cross-cultural contexts.


Applications are to include

  • a letter of application
  • the applicant’s curriculum vitae
  • three references with email addresses

These materials should be saved as PDF documents and sent as attachments to with Barbara Reid on the subject line.

The deadline for applications is August 15, 2020.


Inquiries should be addressed to Barbara Reid, chair of the Search Committee, at

Senior Staff Accountant

Catholic Theological Union (CTU) is a non-profit graduate school of theology and ministry located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. We are searching for a qualified and experienced Senior Staff Accountant. The Senior Staff Accountant, along with two other staff members, will assist and support the Controller in overseeing the Business Office of the institution.   This position will ensure the efficient processing of accounting data so that the books and records of CTU are accurate and prepared on a timely basis.  This position has primary responsibility for the month-end closing process, payroll, investment earnings calculations and other general accounting functions.  This position will provide audit support and serve as a back-up for accounts payable and student inquiries. 


A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required, CPA is considered a plus. Experience with automated accounting systems required. Experience with accounting system implementation and integration is considered a plus.


Please submit cover letters and resumes to


Systems and Serials Librarian

The Paul Bechtold Library at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago is looking for someone to become our Systems and Serials Librarian.  In this newly created position, the Systems and Serials Librarian is the primary point person for the administration of Alma, our library services platform, and responsible for collaborating across the library to provide technical support and training for Alma within CTU.  To accomplish this, s/he will be the certified system administrator for Alma, and work on maintaining and improving the services of Alma to better support library accessibility.  S/he will also manage the electronic and print serials collection of the library. This position reports to the Library Director.


The ideal candidate has a Masters in Library Science and experience with integrated library systems, Open Athens and administration of authentication and security. S/he will also be skilled in troubleshooting and problem solving. The person will be able to work with a diverse set of stakeholders on issues related to maintenance, authentication, and administration of technology systems. The candidate must have a willingness for continual learning, development, and application of additional expertise through work related experiences and professional development opportunities.


How to Apply

Those interested in the position are asked to send a letter of interest, current resume, and the names and contact information for three references via email to Kris Veldheer at  The position is open until filled.

Catholic Theological Union is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status.