Wyoming Catholic College Hiring -- including Philosophy & Theology

From our website:

Wyoming Catholic College seeks to hire one full-time professor to teach in one or more of the following areas of our curriculum:

Humanities – The applicant should have a degree in Literature, History, or Philosophy, and should be equipped to teach a broad range of Humanities courses ranging from ancient Greeks to the moderns.

Theology – The applicant should be conversant with Sacred Scripture, comfortable and competent in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, well-grounded in the philosophia perennis and strong in Latin, at least of the scholastic period.Successful applicants are expected to seek and obtain the mandatum from the bishop of Cheyenne.

Philosophy – The applicant should be well-grounded in the philosophia perennis, comfortable teaching from the texts of Aristotle and Aquinas, and able to speak about contemporary debates.

Trivium – The applicant should have a demonstrated background in teaching Logic and/or Rhetoric (both written and spoken would be strongly preferred), as well as knowledge of logical principles and rhetorical theory. Prior work in a college-level Writing Program, Writing Center, or Writing Across the Curriculum initiative would be ideal.

Mathematics / Natural Science – The applicant should have a degree in mathematics or science and be equipped to teach a broad range of related texts, from Euclid's Elements to Newton's Principia Mathematica. Particularly desirable are candidates equipped to teach these courses from a liberal arts perspective (e.g., to form connections with the curriculum's philosophy sequence).

Applicants should have already completed a doctorate in a field clearly related to the area for which they are applying, and they should be equipped to teach a broad range courses within that discipline (see the Catalog for a description of the courses offered at WCC).  Especially desired is a candidate who has benefited from a liberal arts education that enables him or her to teach a specific subject with a sympathetic awareness of the principles, methods, and Great Books of other disciplines; most desirable is a candidate enthusiastic about contributing to other areas of the WCC curriculum as well.

Applicants should deeply understand and be able to commit themselves to the vision and mission of Wyoming Catholic College as articulated in the Philosophical Vision Statement and the Catalog. This understanding and agreement must be manifested in the letter of intent, which should speak to the overall vision of the College as well as the applicant’s particular discipline, and why the candidate believes himself or herself to be qualified to teach it well.

Faculty at WCC are committed to teaching students as their primary responsibility.A semester course load of 12 hours per week is the norm each semester. At the beginning of each academic year, all Catholic faculty make a public profession of faith and take an oath of fidelity to the Magisterium, and non-Catholic faculty make a pledge to respect the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Rank and salary are commensurate with degrees earned and teaching experience; salary and benefits are competitive.

Wyoming Catholic College is interested in receiving applications for this position regardless of the applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

A letter of intent with curriculum vitae should be sent to: jmortensen@wyomingcatholiccollege.com.

Dr. John Mortensen 
Wyoming Catholic College
306 Main Street
Lander, WY 82520

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Thomas and Thomisms

This came in from father Richard Conrad O.P.

The Aquinas Institute at Blackfriars Hall in Oxford organizes an interesting colloquium on March 7, 2015, entitled "Thomas and Thomisms". Speakers include Reinhard Hütter, John O'Callaghan and Jeremy Wilkens from the US. Here is the PDF.


Jörgen Vijgen

DR. JÖRGEN VIJGEN holds academic appointments in Medieval and Thomistic Philosophy at several institutions in the Netherlands. His dissertation, “The status of Eucharistic accidents ‘sine subiecto’: An Historical Trajectory up to Thomas Aquinas and selected reactions,” was written under the direction of Fr. Walter Senner, O.P. at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy and published in 2013 by Akademie Verlag (now De Gruyter) in Berlin, Germany.

Third scholasticism redux

Fr. James Schall has a laudatory review of Ed Feser's Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction. I interviewed interviewed Feser about his new book here at Thomistica.net in November. In fact, at the beginning of his review Fr. Schall quotes from that interview. The last paragraph of Fr. Schall's review is worth reproducing here in toto:

In Feser’s little “manual,” we have the seeds of something great, the realization that, on philosophical grounds themselves, the scholastic tradition in the heritage of Aristotle and Aquinas is in fact the newest thing in academia. The only people who do not know this are likely to be academicians, but they are often out-of-date. We need, as I have often said, to go to the books that tell the truth, not only tell it, but know what it is on the basis of reason and argument. This book on “scholastic metaphysics” is precisely one of these books. If professors do not assign it, let the student read it by himself. If the department won’t consider it, go elsewhere to find someone who will. For we sense that, in our increasingly decadent culture, there is light in the darkness, a light that has been burning all along in obscure texts that a small but growing number of scholars like Edward Feser thought worthy to read.

Fr Dewan is ill and declining

Maxime Allard, OP, of the Dominican University College in Ottawa, is sharing news that Fr Lawrence Dewan, OP, is in the hospital, and his health is rapidly declining. Please storm heaven with your prayers for him.

More De Koninck online

This is a supplement to Mark's previous post. A few days ago, while doing research for something I was writing, I was looking for some online De Koninck resources. Besides the site mentioned by Mark, I also came across two more: the Charles De Koninck page at goodcatholicbooks.org and the Charles De Koninck Archive at Scribd.com.