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Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University is a Christian university that seeks to equip people to engage the culture and change the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Its comprehensive academic program serves more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. As a Christian university, SPU is historically orthodox, clearly evangelical, genuinely ecumenical, and distinctively Wesleyan, and seeks applicants who are committed to its Christian mission (SPU Statement of Faith and Mission). The University is located in a cosmopolitan urban center with rich cultural diversity and is committed to building an excellent and diverse teaching faculty.
About the School of Theology:
Comprising both undergraduate and graduate programs, the School of Theology embraces a threefold model of theological education called "Academy, Abbey, and Apostolate." This interplay of critical scholarship, spiritual edification, and Christian service is informed by SPU's Wesleyan heritage that joins "knowledge and vital piety."
Seeking to be faithful to the gospel, the School of Theology prioritizes serving the needs of the church and the world. We draw from our Holiness heritage in helping communities of faith to embrace their shared identity in Christ, and to follow him in exposing divisions and healing wounds. These may involve class distinctions, dis/ability marginalization, gender disparities, and racial/ethnic tensions. Candidates who can contribute to these aims are welcome.
Assistant Professor of Theological Studies: regular nine-month, full-time, tenure-track appointment beginning September 1, 2020, with a teaching load of 33 credits over the course of a teaching year (three quarters).
The candidate must be committed to classroom instruction. The teaching load of this position will be approximately 2/3 undergraduate and 1/3 graduate (seminary). Undergraduate teaching responsibilities for this position include teaching in the University Foundations program (especially UFDN 3100) as well as contributing to electives within the School of Theology's major and minors. At the graduate level, the successful candidate will teach Seattle Pacific Seminary's general theology courses as well as a biennial course on theology, race, and culture (THEO 6510).
Successful candidates will have a lively research trajectory that should manifest itself in an active writing agenda and publishing record. School of Theology faculty regularly publish scholarly works as well as resources for the church; they actively seek a cross-fertilization between the classroom and the study.
Service of various kinds is expected of School of Theology faculty. Such participation involves committee work internal to the School as well as service to the broader University. School of Theology faculty are also encouraged to serve beyond the University, especially in ecclesial settings. Many School of Theology faculty can be found regularly guest-teaching, preaching, and presiding throughout the Puget Sound.
School of Theology faculty are also to engage students in a variety of ways beyond the classroom. This work includes advising them with their academic programs, mentoring them in their vocations, and growing together in the path of Christian discipleship.
Ph.D. or equivalent in theological studies; doctoral students who are advanced in ABD status will also be considered. Successful candidates must be sympathetic to the Wesleyan Holiness tradition.
Required competencies: Ph.D. or Th.D. in theology. Successful candidates must have knowledge in systematic and historical theology and expertise in the theology of race, ethnicity, and culture. Classroom experience is expected.
Desired competencies: Knowledge of the theology of the global South; ministerial experience in various settings; conversant with Wesleyan theology.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include health, dental, disability, and life insurance, as well as retirement programs. A moving allowance is provided.
Applications are due by October 1, 2019. The online application includes an official SPU application form, a faith statement of approximately one page, a teaching philosophy statement of approximately one page, and other supporting documents. A cover letter and CV are also required. The University reserves the right to alter the search process due to funding. Address all inquiries to:
Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Its comprehensive academic program serves more than 4,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU is a Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants who are committed to its Christian mission and to the spiritual formation of its students. Qualified applicants should exhibit a deep awareness, understanding, and ability to articulate a commitment to biblical diversity and reconciliation. Women and people of color are particularly encouraged to apply.