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Associate Professor of Divinity (Old Testament/Hebrew) (9-Mo-TT)

Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama
Salary commensurate with experience.
Date posted
Sep 25, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Religion
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


Beeson Divinity School of Samford University seeks an established scholar with a track record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and student interaction to serve as Associate Professor of Divinity (Old Testament/Hebrew) on a tenure-track, nine-month appointment, to begin in August 2024. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This faculty member will teach a full load of graduate-level courses annually (typically 12 credit hours), as assigned by the Dean or Associate Dean. He or she will participate fully in the community life activities of Beeson Divinity School, including but not limited to weekly services of corporate worship and faculty-led mentor groups. He or she will engage productively in research and scholarship to contribute to scholarly discussions in the discipline. He or she will fulfill the normal functions of a full-time divinity faculty member within the period of the nine-month appointment, including but not limited to keeping posted office hours, attending divinity and university faculty meetings, convocations, commencement events, lectureships, etc., evaluating student’s academic performance and submitting grades according to university policy, and serving on divinity and university committees as requested or appointed. He or she will serve collaboratively with other members of the Beeson faculty and staff to advance the mission of the School and Samford University.

Consideration will be given to applicants who are devoted followers of Jesus Christ, active in worship and service in a local church, who agree with Beeson Divinity School’s statement of faith (see Samford Faculty Handbook, Section A5.1) and support the school’s evangelical and interdenominational ethos, and who hold a research doctoral degree in Old Testament/Hebrew Studies from an accredited institution and is an established scholar with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and scholarship equivalent to the rank of Associate Professor. He or she must be able to offer pastoral support and spiritual encouragement to students as they prepare for vocational ministry. A commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work effectively with faculty, students and colleagues is expected.

Beeson Divinity School ( was established in 1988 through the generosity of Ralph Waldo Beeson. The mission of the school is to prepare God-called persons to serve as ministers in the church of Jesus Christ by providing quality theological education in a community that worships the triune God and cultivates authentic Christian spirituality. Beeson offers the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Theological Studies, the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling, the Master of Theology, and the Doctor of Philosophy. All degrees are accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (COA/ATS). Beeson is one of ten schools that comprise Samford University.

Samford University ( is a leading nationally ranked Christian University. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in the Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Homewood, with 425 full-time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 22 countries. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. Samford University and Beeson Divinity School embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.  The University offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2023 through December 15, 2023. Application deadline is December 15, 2023. Please submit (combined into one PDF) a cover letter, application for faculty position, faculty applicant Christian mission statement, curriculum vita. Additionally, please have three letters of recommendation submitted directly from the recommender to: with the subject line denoting: “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – Old Testament Associate Professor Search.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position.

Materials should be sent in PDF format to:

Subject line: Old Testament/Hebrew Search (Assoc Prof)

The “Application for Faculty Position” can be found at: employment.pdf

The “Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at: Christian-Mission-Statement.docx

Questions may be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Doug Sweeney (

Except as specifically exempted by federal law requirements, Samford University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability or age in the administration or application of its educational programs and policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs. Consistent with its Christian mission and organizations, Samford is exempt from the religious provisions of Title VII pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e-1(a) and 2000e-2(e).


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