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Academic Dean

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Kentucky, United States
Closing date
May 22, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Religion, Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
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Full Time
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Louisville Seminary is seeking an individual to serve as Academic Dean for a five-year renewable term in a tenured faculty position. The position offers an excellent salary and benefits package and a collegial atmosphere.

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 this context and support students preparing to minister in churches of the Reformed tradition. At the same time, Louisville Seminary seeks candidates who are able to move comfortably in an increasingly diverse ecumenical community embracing many traditions. We are committed to growing as a multicultural and anti-racist place of learning and living and to deepening ecumenical and interreligious learning. The ideal candidate will be a visionary, inclusive, transformative, and decisive leader with the demonstrated ability to be collaborative, innovative, and forward thinking.​

  • Serves as the chief academic officer of the Seminary and works with the President and other senior administrators in all aspects of the Seminary’s life.
  • Gives effective strategic attention to the Seminary’s academic programs, policies, and procedures, including curriculum, budget, and other resources.
  • Staffs the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees and advocates for the academic affairs of the Seminary.
  • Provides leadership for and oversight of faculty matters including performance, promotion, tenure, and professional development opportunities.
  • Works with the Dean of Student Engagement in supporting students’ academic formation.
  • Gives care and attention to the concerns and cultivation of the faculty, to issues of scholarship, research and teaching, and to the design and implementation of the curriculum.
  • Teaches and engages in their own research, scholarship, and professional activities as time permits.
  • Represents the Seminary as an accomplished scholar who demonstrates a broad engagement with theological education and its changing dynamics and models academic excellence.

The Dean is responsible directly to the President and is elected by the Board of Trustees. The Dean oversees student and program learning outcomes and assessment in collaboration with the faculty and academic staff.

  • A Ph.D. or its equivalent in a discipline appropriate to theological education.
  • Master of Divinity or record of substantive commitment to the life and mission of the church.
  • Three to five years of administrative leadership preferred.
  • Commitment to an intentionally inclusive and diverse academic community, church, and society.
  • A strong communicator with an ability to develop a sense of collegiality and community among faculty, students, and staff.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities of relational skills, integrity, fairness, transparency, collaboration, and accountability.
  • Proven ability to work in complex systems and manage a budget effectively.

We anticipate making this appointment beginning in July 1, 2020. Faculty rank will be determined on the basis of experience. Interested candidates must send electronically: 1) a letter of interest; 2.) curriculum vitae; and 3) three letters of reference to:

Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell, Search Committee Chair
c/o Ms. Susan DiLuca at

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications must be received by October 15, 2019.

Louisville Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability. 

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