Associate Dean of Black Church Studies and Advanced Learning
The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is conducting a search for an Associate Dean of Black Church Studies and Advanced Learning. A theological school of the Presbyterian Church (USA) that is informed by the Reformed tradition, Louisville Seminary is committed to the ecumenical church and to being a multicultural and anti-racist community of theological scholarship and learning. We are seeking a colleague who shares this commitment and who can lead us as we maximize the synergy among our Black Church Studies, Doctor of Ministry, and Life Long Learning programs.
The Associate Dean will help the faculty reimagine the shape and pedagogy of the Black Church Studies, Doctor of Ministry, and Life Long Learning programs, and have opportunity to teach in areas of strength. The Black Church Studies program prepares women and men to provide leadership in African American churches by teaching students to honor the history and African American thought traditions through critical theological inquiry and exploration of new and emerging paths. The Doctor of Ministry program is committed to nurturing the spiritual and intellectual growth of those persons who have accepted the challenging call to vocational commitment either in the church or in fields closely related to the mission and witness of the church. It includes tracks in Advanced Practice of Ministry, Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Black Church Studies. The Life Long Learning program offers a series of annual lectures to stimulate pastoral thought and work on issues relevant to Christian life such as evangelism, peace and justice, church growth and multicultural ministry.
Candidates must have earned the PhD or DMin degree in a pertinent field, be an excellent teacher, have demonstrated superior gifts and skills as an administrator and strategic thinker; and possess ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and others of diverse backgrounds. Deep familiarity with African American Christianity and commitment to congregational life are essential. Louisville Seminary is committed to building and sustaining a community of diverse people, who embody differences such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, sexual orientation and denominational affiliation. We follow EEO guidelines and Affirmative Action procedures and particularly encourage candidates of color to apply.
Louisville Seminary offers a full range of benefits including a generous vacation package, 403b pension benefit, and health insurance. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Louisville Seminary follows EEO guidelines and affirmative action procedures. An application will include: your curriculum vitae or resume, a list of at least three references with their email addresses, and a letter of application expressing interest in and/or leadership gifts for the position that joins Black Church Studies and Advanced Learning.
Please direct inquiries to:
Dr. Debra J. Mumford
c/o Ms. Jean Newman
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Professor of Worship and Evangelism
Convinced that renewal for the Church must involve vibrant worship and faithful Christian witness in a world of religious difference, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary seeks a creative colleague to teach in the areas of worship and evangelism. Informed by the perspectives of Practical Theology, candidates for this position must have a heart for teaching, a strong and critical love for the Church, and a passion for helping to form the next generation of pastoral leaders. Applications are particularly encouraged from women and persons of color.
Louisville Seminary has been serving the Reformed tradition for more than 160 years, and we are committed to continuing that relationship: candidates must be able to move comfortably within a Reformed context and guide students preparing to minister in churches of the Reformed tradition. At the same time, Louisville Seminary is an increasingly diverse ecumenical community embracing many traditions. Approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, the Seminary offers a Methodist Studies curriculum, in which the Worship and Evangelism colleague will play an active role. We are committed to growing as a multicultural and anti-racist place of learning and living and to deepening interfaith dialogue and ecumenical relations.
We are eager to find a colleague who can prepare students for worship leadership which is theologically reflective, historically informed, and responsive to the opportunities of its time and place. This person will also work regularly with student Chapel Ministers in planning for Seminary worship, and join with us in reimagining and renewing our worship life in a way that reflects the diverse community we are and want to be.
A successful candidate should be able to provide students insight into the history, theology and current practices of evangelism or be willing to acquire knowledge necessary to do so. We are looking for someone who is eager to engage with enthusiasm and imagination the challenges posed to bearing faithful witness in an ecumenical and religiously diverse world in ways that are forthright and celebratory with regard to the Christian gospel while respectful and mindful of the diversity of others’ religious convictions and practices.
The Professor of Worship and Evangelism will teach students both in our masters-level and Doctor of Ministry degrees. In addition, she or he will have opportunity to participate in the Black Church Studies program, the Doors to Dialogue initiative, and the Master of Arts in Spirituality shared with Bellarmine University.
A Ph.D. or comparable degree in either worship or evangelism or in a closely related field is required; graduate preparation in both is highly desirable, as is parish and teaching experience. Faculty rank and tenure are negotiable on the basis of experience. We hope to make an appointment to begin teaching in September 2015.
Louisville Seminary follows EEO guidelines and affirmative action procedures. An application will include:
- your curriculum vitae,
- a list of at least three references with their email addresses,
- a letter of application expressing your vision for a position that joins Worship and Evangelism,
- a tentative syllabus for a course you could offer in Worship and/or Evangelism.
Send these materials electronically to:
Dr. David C. Hester, Search Committee Chair
Review of applications will begin October 31, 2014.