Faculty – New Testament
Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) invites applications and nominations for an opening in New Testament. The position will be full-time, tenure-track or tenured, with faculty rank open to negotiation.
The successful candidate will have:
- A terminal degree (PhD or ThD) in New Testament (consideration will be given to applicants in the final stages of completing their dissertations);
- Additional expertise in another area, such as preaching, theology, or theological ethics;
- The ability and willingness to teach one or more biblical languages;
- A record of or promise for scholarly activity and service to a graduate educational institution; and,
- Evidence of a strong commitment to congregational ministry (including possible service as a pastor of congregations) and preparing leaders for the Church.
Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, CTS is a theologically progressive, ecumenical seminary with historic and ongoing ties to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The seminary’s recent significant achievements include the re-invention of the MDiv and DMin degree programs and the launch of a unique and innovative PhD degree program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric. A strong endowment, committed Board of Trustees, visionary academic administration, and talented faculty all position CTS well in continuing its mission of forming “disciples of Jesus Christ for church and community leadership to serve God’s transforming of the world.”
For more information, visit the CTS website at www.cts.edu.
Applicants should submit by e-mail attachment (1) a letter of interest, (2) a current curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and contact information for three professional references to Della Stanley-Green, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at email@example.com. CTS will not contact references without notifying applicants beforehand. Review of applications will begin by March 15, 2018 and ideally an appointment will be made in time for the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
CTS is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment; we welcome a broad spectrum of candidates, and particularly invite applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Assistant Professor of New Testament
As a junior member of the faculty at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS), the Assistant Professor of New Testament will teach courses equivalent to 15 credit hours per academic year in her of his area of expertise and passion. As negotiated with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, those courses will be offered in both the master’s level degree programs (MDiv, MACM, and MTS), and in the doctoral level degree programs (DMin and PhD).
Additionally, the Assistant Professor of New Testament will advise students, serve on assigned seminary committees, render other service to the seminary and Church appropriate to his or her interests and skills, and pursue an active life as a scholar. Because CTS values in its faculty excellence in teaching and scholarship, these additional responsibilities will be appropriately balanced to permit her or him to develop first and foremost as a theological educator.
The Assistant Professor of New Testament will be assigned an experienced member of the CTS faculty as a mentor and advocate, and will undergo annual performance reviews. At the appropriate time—ordinarily after six years of full-time employment at the seminary—he or she will be expected to make an application for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor according to academic policies and procedures in force at the time of his or her initial appointment.
In all of her of his work, the Assistant Professor of New Testament will engage collaboratively and collegially with a diverse community, including trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students. CTS is a theologically progressive, ecumenical seminary with historic and ongoing ties to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Accordingly, the seminary expects everyone in the community—especially its faculty—both to respect the canons of academic freedom and to engage respectfully across differences of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic status, religious tradition, and theological perspective.
In response to the rapidly changing nature of theological education generally and to the season of curricular transition at CTS specifically, the Assistant Professor of New Testament needs to be nimble and open to innovation and change. This includes adaptability to a variety of teaching strategies, course formats, and delivery systems, including online-supported learning. CTS is committed to providing him or her with professional development opportunities as appropriate.
Finally, the Assistant Professor of New Testament should enter the CTS faculty committed to becoming part of a “community of practice” (Etienne Wenger), a collegial group of passionate theological educators who learn how to teach and lead better through regular interaction and mutual support.