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Professor of Biblical Studies (Open-Rank, Tenure Track)
Ouachita Baptist University
Location: Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Type: Full Time
Faculty Careers - Religion
The Pruet School of Christian Studies at Ouachita Baptist University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Bible to begin August 2024. The successful candidate will display evidence of excellent teaching in the context of a liberal-arts education; scholarly activity in the field of New Testament studies; a collegial commitment to professional, university, departmental, and community service; an authentic Christian faith lived out through personal discipleship and active involvement in a local church; and support for the university’s vision, mission, and values.
Primary teaching responsibilities will include biblical studies courses (possibly including biblical languages) as well as Survey of the Bible and Interpreting the Bible. Other responsibilities will include supporting students through academic advising, working with colleagues to develop new and existing programs, and actively participating in campus life. Additional opportunities exist for on and off-campus engagements, such as research and professional development. Rank and salary are dependent on qualifications. A PhD in New Testament and experience serving in ministry are essential. The successful candidate will be expected to become an active member of a church that partners with the ABSC.
Consistent with our mission as a Christ-centered learning community, Ouachita Baptist University seeks to develop a diverse faculty for the benefit of our students and stakeholders. Ouachita is a Christian liberal arts university founded in 1886. Of its approximately 1,800 students, more than 1,500 undergraduates attend the university’s highly residential campus; the university also offers graduate and fully online degrees to serve students with a variety of educational programs. Ouachita’s beautiful 200-acre campus is situated on the Ouachita River, is minutes from DeGray Lake Resort State Park, and is in the foothills of the Ouachita National Forest. To learn more about the university, see the opportunity profile and visit obu.edu/jobs.
Ouachita Baptist University, a private liberal arts university in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, is entering its 138th year as a Christ-centered learning community. Ouachita continues to experience considerable institutional momentum, reporting its highest enrollment in 57 years with a Fall 2023 total headcount of 1,815 as well as a 99% job or grad school placement rate within six months of graduation.
Residential undergraduate enrollment is 1,581, and there are 81 students enrolled in Ouachita’s six graduate programs – more than doubling the number who enrolled when graduate programs were reintroduced in 2020. Of last year’s freshmen, 83% returned for their sophomore year – a retention rate 22% higher than the average most recently reported for all 4-year colleges and universities in Arkansas. Among this year’s 469 first-time freshmen, there are two National Merit finalists and 33 Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholars. The cohort earned a collective high school grade point average of 3.8 out of 4.000; almost half earned a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher.
Arkadelphia, a city of 10,258, is the seat of Clark County. It’s located in the foothills of the beautiful Ouachita Mountains, a...n hour southwest of Little Rock and four hours northeast of Dallas, Texas. Ouachita’s tree-lined campus sits on a bluff overlooking the Ouachita River, with easy access to more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails winding in and around town. Surrounded by two million acres of national forests, Arkadelphia is a 10-minute drive from DeGray Lake Resort State Park and close to many other lakes, rivers and trails.