Thriving Congregations Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow and Scholar, School of Divinity

North Carolina, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Wake Forest University School of Divinity invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral teaching fellow and scholar beginning July 1, 2021.

The Thriving Congregations Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Scholar will provide leadership and support in expanding Wake Divinity’s Thriving Congregations Initiative (The Baptist Commons Project for Thriving Congregations: Forming Agents of Justice, Reconciliation, and Compassion) through a particular focus on supporting religious/congregational leaders as they explore strategies for 1) expanding their communities' knowledge about Christian faith traditions and practices, and 2) embodying this knowledge through varied forms of community engagement.

The Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow and Scholar will
● develop two courses to contribute to the Initiative,
● provide leadership in helping laity in congregational settings learn historicism, denominational theology, ethics, collaborative leadership, and/or formation practices, and
● explore and implement strategies to develop a continuing education program for thriving congregations.

The Fellow will participate in Thriving Congregations Initiative planning meetings and will serve as a non-voting member of the Wake Div faculty. The Fellow will teach the equivalent of two courses (six credit hours each) per academic year.

We are particularly interested in teacher-scholars who have experience with and interest in teaching and research at the intersections of at least one of the following
● justice, reconciliation, and compassion for congregations within their communities;
● formation practices and ecclesial traditions;
● theology and religious identity;
● history and community collaboration; and/or
● governance models and collaborative leadership within congregations.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to core teaching and research values that resonate with Wake Div’s values.

Job Description:

Essential Functions:

  • Works collaboratively with the Program Director to
    • develop the program curriculum;
    • create program surveys and research for program evaluation;
    • develop a continuing education program for thriving congregations including classes for laity, curriculum tool kits for independent study, publishable curriculum materials, and on-campus institutes;
    • inform other faculty of program research;
    • provide avenues for stories and reflections from program participants.
  • Teaches courses in Wake Div’s MDiv program.
  • Attends monthly Wake Div faculty meetings.
  • Supervises three thriving congregation interns per semester who are current students in the MDiv program.
  • Reports to the Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Academic Initiatives and works in consultation with the Program Director.
  • Collaborates with the Assistant Dean of Vocational Formation and Director of the Art of Ministry for the MDiv degree program;
  • Provides regular reports to the Program Director.
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in religious/theological studies with particular attention to religious leadership, administration and/or Christian education, theology, ethics, collaborative leadership, and/or formation practices;
  • Evidence of strong teaching and course design skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to design and implement curricula for MDiv students and for diverse religious communities;
  • Interest in research and teaching in fields related to thriving congregations;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups and partners.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience working with diverse religious communities;
  • Knowledge or familiarity with congregations actively working towards justice, reconciliation, and compassion.

Additional Job Description


  • Responsible for own work;
  • Collaborates with the Thriving Congregations team;
  • Reports to the Vice Dean of the Divinity School.

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

The position is grant-funded from July 2021-June 2023.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.