Faculty position in United Methodist Studies

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Aug 25, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is seeking a full-time faculty member to teach courses in United Methodist history, polity, and theology as well as courses in a candidate’s field of expertise. The faculty person will be expected to contribute to the cultivation of a strong denominational ethos among our United Methodist students and to foster collaborative relations between PSR and the United Methodist Church. 

We are seeking an innovative theological educator who embraces robust interdisciplinarity in their teaching and scholarship to reimagine theological education and the role of faculty in facilitating it. PSR’s ground-breaking curriculum relies on faculty members whose scholarship and teaching bring together the best practices of non-profit organizations, the unique wisdom of faith communities, a diversity of activist strategies, models of social entrepreneurship, and the traditional disciplines of theological education and pathways of congregational ministry. This is a three-year, renewable, non-tenure track position, with rank open based on experience.

 Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is a progressive, multi-denominational seminary and center for social justice, which prepares a diverse cadre of spiritually-rooted leaders with the vision, resilience, and skill to create a world where all can thrive. PSR has strong ties to the United Methodist Church, approved by the United Methodist University Senate; the United Church of Christ; and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Located in the San Francisco Bay Area and adjacent to the University of California at Berkeley campus, PSR is a member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an ecumenical and interfaith consortium of seminaries, centers, and institutes. PSR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

 The faculty member will teach courses in United Methodist studies and in the candidate’s field of expertise. Additional expertise in African American womanist homiletics, leadership, or ethics; or Latinx homiletics, leadership, or ethics is highly desirable; as is the candidate’s ability to teach in Spanish or other languages in addition to English. The faculty member will teach four courses—in consultation with the Dean—each academic year for our students as well as students in the GTU. The use of technology and online instruction for courses is necessary. The faculty colleague is expected to publish creative and rigorous scholarship in a variety of formats, and to be a thought-leader in addressing issues facing communities of color, migrants, LGBTQI communities, communities that are economically disadvantaged, and the environment. In addition, active participation in the life of the school through commitment to the school’s mission, service on committees, participation at worship and community events, and service to the broader community are essential. 

 We are seeking candidates with a PhD, ThD, or equivalent, who have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, academic excellence, creativity in teaching, community building, and meaningful connections with historically under-represented groups and institutions. Persons from underrepresented groups within the profession are especially encouraged to apply and will have the opportunity to participate in a cohort of minority scholars of a similar rank with the support of one of the most diverse administrative teams in the Association of Theological Schools. For more details, see https://psr.edu/about/jobs/

 Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and three professional letters of recommendation. These materials can be sent to Professor Sharon Jacob, Pacific School of Religion by email, sjacob@psr.edu.

 Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by October 12, 2020 will have preference. Persons who apply for this position should be available for teaching in Fall 2021.

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