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Biola University seeks a leader with a record of demonstrated achievement marked by an ability to manage a complex enterprise. The Dean of Talbot is responsible for all educational and operational activities of Talbot School of Theology, both graduate and undergraduate. The Dean must ensure that the Faculty is outstanding in the classroom and in research, and that the new Faculty hold to the doctrinal statements of Biola. The Dean reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President and has an annual communication expectation to the Biola University Board of Trustees.
The Dean of Talbot School of Theology will think biblically and guide and unite the faculty and staff toward the development of disciples of Jesus Christ whose thought processes, character, and lifestyles reflect those of our Lord, and who are dedicated to disciple making throughout the world. The Dean of Talbot will embody an instinctive and deliberate habit of servant leadership and will have a strong vision. Leadership will be demonstrated through strategic planning and program development to ensure programs that are current, relevant, rigorous, and maintain faithfulness to biblical truths. Talbot’s Dean will think biblically with a theological voice that Faculty, Staff and students hear and listen to. The next Talbot Dean will be widely-respected and held with affection because of an instinctive and deliberate habit of servant leadership.
Reflect and promote the mission, vision, and identity of Biola University.
Work collaboratively with the Deans of the other schools on research ideas, program development, joint-teaching opportunities and budget efficiencies toward the betterment of the University.
Provide strategic oversight of Talbot’s academic programs and personnel in its undergraduate and graduate-level education.
Provide theological voice and guardianship for Talbot on-campus and in the world.
Working with the University’s Provost, develop a strategic plan for Talbot that identifies key priorities and commitments for the next season of the school.
Coordinate with University Staff, fellow Deans, and external constituents.
Recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff.
In concert with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, oversee all relevant accreditations (ATS, etc.), re-accreditations, program reviews and assessments.
Give budgetary oversight and monitoring.
Work collaboratively with University leadership and the Office of Advancement to expand Talbot’s donor base and strengthen its current community of faithful supporters.
Work with University leadership to continually develop and strengthen academic programming that is academically robust, theologically sound, and innovative in its delivery.
Coordinate and align marketing activities with mission and ethos of School of Theology.
Represent Talbot externally to key constituencies, including churches, alumni, donors, peer institutions, and relevant scholarly societies.
Vibrant belief in Jesus Christ with ample evidence of personal discipleship.
Personal and professional integrity, with the willingness and ability to earn respect and trust.
Personal commitment to and an ability to safeguard and defend Biola’s Theological Positions, including its Articles of Faith, Statement of Biblical Principles, and Teaching Position on Eschatology.
A record of demonstrated servant leadership and emotional intelligence, marked by effective decision making and team building.
A demonstrated track record of leadership in fostering healthy organizational culture and community among faculty.
Commitment to ensuring that Talbot remains church-focused, partnering with and supporting the local church in God’s redemptive work.
An ability to winsomely and effectively voice the theological vision and identity of Talbot.
Significant administrative and supervisory experience in Christian higher education and/or seminary.
Will operate as a team player among Deans with a collaborative spirit.
Research doctorate (Ph.D. or Th.D. preferred) and proven track record of scholarship and teaching.
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Biola University is a leading Christ-centered university in Southern California that offers a premier, nationally ranked education and has been named one of the nation's “up and coming” universities by U.S. News & World Report four times in five years. Founded in 1908, Biola is committed to the mission of biblically centered education, scholarship and service — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. With more than 6,300 students at its Los Angeles-area campus and around the world, the faculty and staff and students are professing Christians.
Biola University's Doctrinal Statement remains the foundational document regarding the theological position of the University. Biola's position from its inception has been and remains Christian, Protestant and theologically conservative.
The mission of Biola University is biblically centered education, scholarship and service — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.