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Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor in Biblical Studies

Luther College
Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Religion
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Luther College is an undergraduate liberal arts college with a population of eighteen-hundred students. Our faculty and students are highly engaged in academics and research, music programs, athletics, social justice, sustainability, and service. Founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants, Luther values its heritage, just as it values the diversity of its students, staff, and faculty, who hail from many faith backgrounds and heritages. Coming from 44 states and 62 countries, 14% of our students are domestic students of color and 10% are international students.


Our location in the beautiful Driftless region of Northeast Iowa offers a wealth of opportunities not often found in small towns. The economic vitality of the Decorah area is attributable to being a regional hub for outdoor recreation, two nationally recognized healthcare systems, top ranked schools, business, agriculture, specialty retail, dining and tourism. In a scenic rural setting, we are an easy 70-mile drive to three urban areas including Rochester, MN, home of Mayo Clinic and an IBM major campus.


Luther College is committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty, with a focus on mentoring and providing development opportunities and support to new faculty cohorts. This support includes new faculty workshops, development and research funding, faculty mentoring groups, providing membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), and opportunities through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). Applicants from historically underrepresented groups, in particular ethnic, racial and gender groups are encouraged to become a candidate.


Position and Qualifications:  Luther College seeks a Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor in Biblical Studies. This is a one-year leave replacement position to begin late August 2022. Ph.D./Th.D. preferred at time of appointment; exceptional ABDs will be considered (Instructor rank). Teaching experience required. Specialization may be in Hebrew Bible or New Testament; an emphasis on gender/race-related or global approaches is welcomed. The successful candidate will have enthusiasm to teach introductory biblical studies courses and other undergraduate courses in biblical studies and religion. We are seeking a candidate who enriches our current faculty’s interests and expertise and who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, research, and service. Full-time teaching load is three courses fall term, one course January term, and three courses spring term. This position will teach five sections of introductory biblical studies and two additional courses designed according to interest and college need. Active engagement in scholarship is also expected.


Apply:  Review of applications begins February 4, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Apply at  Applicant’s dossier will include:


  • letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • evidence of effective teaching (student evaluations, sample syllabi, other course materials)
  • unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • three letters of recommendation (the college will send an email link to each letter writer identified in application process to upload their letter)


Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. Robert Shedinger, Chair, Biblical Studies Search Committee, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa, 52101; telephone: 563-387-1276; e-mail: Additional information about the college is available by visiting the college website, Questions regarding the application process should be directed to The Department of Religion has 7 full-time equivalent faculty and offers a major and minor. The College requires all students to complete one course in biblical studies and a second course in religion. Normal class size is twenty-five students.

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