Open Rank Professor – Sociology

Center for Faith & Culture

The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic university in the heart of Houston, Texas, invites applications for a full-time faculty position in sociology. This faculty position will be open rank and will be housed in UST’s Nesti Center for Faith & Culture. The ideal candidate will contribute to advancing the mission of the Nesti Center through teaching as well as maintaining an active research agenda centered on Catholicism (and potentially the wider Christian landscape) specifically from a social scientific perspective. The start date for the position is August 2024.

About the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture

Founded by Fr. Donald Nesti CSSp in 1994, the Nesti Center for Faith & Culture aims to bring a faithfully Catholic voice to the ongoing dialogue between faith and culture. Through this dialogue, the Center seeks to foster relationships, mutual understanding, and opportunities for collaboration with people of all backgrounds and beliefs. We strive to form people of faith who have fully integrated the human, spiritual, social and intellectual dimensions of their lives. This developmental process integrates theoretical and practical learning to help people communicate God’s unconditional love for the world and serve the common good.


Teaching courses primarily in the Nesti Center’s programs and, secondarily, as needed in other departments at the University of St. Thomas.
Developing and maintaining active research and publishing agenda on Catholicism, and potentially the wider Christian landscape, using the methods of social science.
Service activities as needed by the Nesti Center and the university.


Ph.D. in sociology
A track record of published research in the social scientific study of Christianity
Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level
Extensive knowledge of the Catholic intellectual tradition and the social and cultural context of Christianity in the United States
A commitment to the university’s mission and the vision of the Nesti Center

Applicants must provide:

Cover letter addressing qualifications for the position.
Curriculum vitae (CV)
Statement on teaching
Statement on research
Contact information for three references.
A reflective response on Ex Corde Ecclesiae

Please upload all documents in the same section as your CV. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.

The University of St. Thomas is committed to hiring faculty who can help it not only fulfill its integrated mission – the formation of the whole person for flourishing in this life and the next – but also advance it in new ways. The University’s Catholic identity is the center of this mission, a Catholicism expressed for our own age by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Pope St. John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae. The University asks all candidates applying for this position to consider these documents to ensure their professional goals and practices can align with them.

While applicants need not be Catholic, they must be able to support the University as it seeks to be faithful to and embody the riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.