Vanderbilt Divinity School seeks applications and nominations
for the Charles G. Finney Chair in Homiletics beginning fall 2022.
The appointment will be made at the rank of full professor. The
ideal candidate would be a practical theologian who works at the
intersection of Homiletics and Liturgics; demonstrates deep
commitments to interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches;
attends to religious practices within public, cultural, and/or
faith contexts (including but not limited to preaching and
worship); and shows an awareness of practices and leadership within
the broad trajectory of religious vocations.
Although the search focuses primarily on the Homiletics
and Liturgics Area of the Graduate Department of Religion, it is
open to a wide array of approaches to teaching and research on the
history, theology, methods, theories, and practices of religious
communication or ritual studies in ways that will contribute to the
Homiletics and Liturgics faculty at the Divinity School.
The appointment entails advising in the four divinity
degree programs (M.Div., M.T.S., Th.M., and D.Min.), which prepare
students for ministry and public leadership, and the graduate
department of religion (M.A., Ph.D.), which prepares students for
teaching and research. The successful candidate will arrive
prepared to teach the introductory courses in Homiletics along with
advanced courses in theory and method. Appointed faculty will join
the Homiletics and Liturgics Area of the Graduate Department of
Religion, share responsibilities for teaching the ministerial arts
requirement in preaching, and offer a range of courses relating
preaching and worship or practices of ministry and public
leadership in today’s world.
Successful applicants will have completed either: a
doctorate or its equivalent focused on the history, theology, and
practice of Christian preaching and worship. Moreover, the
candidate should possess a substantial publication record to
demonstrate expertise in the area; be able to teach a wide variety
of students; be attentive to possibilities for working with other
University units; and have an interest in facilitating programs for
local clergy, laity, and public leaders.
We especially welcome applicants from underrepresented
candidates. Vanderbilt Divinity School has strong commitments to
social justice and places a high value on diversity among its
faculty and student body, as well as in research and teaching.
Successful candidates will evidence commitment to these priorities.
Vanderbilt University has made the safety of our students,
faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority.
As part of that commitment, the University recently announced that
students, faculty, and staff, are required to be vaccinated against
COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at Vanderbilt, you
will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination
protocol. Effective, August 1, 2021, proof of full
vaccination or an approved accommodation will be required before
the start of employment in order to work at Vanderbilt
University. Accommodations for medical and religious
exemptions can be requested with the Vanderbilt Equal, Opportunity
and Access Office.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications
November 1, 2021. Cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three
recommendation letters should be submitted via Interfolio at:
Applicants may establish a free Interfolio Dossier &