Open Faculty Position Historical Theological Study of Christianity

Eden Theological Seminary invites nominations and applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment in the historical-theological study of Christianity to begin July 1, 2024Contact Director of Human Resources, Ms. Denise Stauffer,  [email protected] for application process.

Eden Theological Seminary
Eden Theological Seminary is one of five theological seminaries of the United Church of Christ (UCC). In this context, Eden advances its historic commitment to prepare ordained and lay leadership for the church and the common good. The school recognizes the changing landscape of theological education with its challenges and new opportunities. In this period of its history, Eden seeks to be relevant and responsive to those seeking both traditional and new forms of theological education.

Position Description
Eden Theological Seminary invites nominations and applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment in the historical-theological study of Christianity to begin July 1, 2024

Eden’s faculty collaborate to teach in a curriculum that holds students and their formation at the center of the educational experience, equipping them to lead with passion, purpose, skills, and knowledge needed to serve the mission of the Church in the reality of ever-changing cultures.

Teaching up to 18 credits annually, the position requires full-time teaching and scholarship in the global histories of Christianity. The Professor will offer a range of courses, as well as academic advising and thesis/project advising for Masters- and Doctoral-level students. Faculty at Eden Seminary also teach in the seminary’s non-degree programming. Courses are offered in all modalities from synchronous, to hybrid, to guided asynchronous. Eden’s Network Model of Theological Education (funded by a Pathways for Tomorrow grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc,) offers faculty the opportunity to learn with students from a variety of participating seminaries and to engage with faculty colleagues of the same.  As a member of the faculty, the professor will participate in the activities of Eden’s community of learning and faith, (e.g., weekly chapel worship, public lectures, social gatherings, other community events), 

Optimal candidates will provide excellence and innovation in teaching and research, promoting appreciation of the diversity of the Christian heritage. Specifically, candidates should be familiar with the potential and the challenges of equipping leaders to serve congregations and ministries faithfully in contemporary culture and how equipped to teach church histories in ways that will equip leaders for the diverse communities they serve.

Eden faculty are periodically invited to consider leadership roles in academic administration, and this position may be combined with an Associate Dean position if amenable to all parties.

Minimum qualifications

  • A faithful commitment to the ministry of theological education and formation, supported through deep involvement in a local community of Christian faith tradition.
  • A PhD in history, with expertise in the field of Church History; preference will be given to a conferral before June 30, 2024
  • Experience teaching and mentoring underrepresented students within the discipline.
  • Commitment to Eden’s stated mission to strengthen the life of the church by educating women and men [people of all genders] for ministry, enlivening critical reflection on faith, and supporting bold Christian discipleship.
  • A demonstrated commitment to working in a religiously and theologically diverse community, with a student body that is diverse with respect to race, age, gender, sexuality, ability, and theological perspective.
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching, research and service in the broader church, academy, and community

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of current theoretical debates in the study of culture and history
  • Comprehension of inter-religious and intercultural contexts and conflicts
  • Demonstrated knowledge or promise as a scholar and teacher in the field of the history of Methodist/Wesleyan traditions in their many varieties, with knowledge of The United Methodist Church, its present situation, structures, and concerns.
  • Background, interests, perspectives, and abilities that complement those of other members of the faculty, with an openness to creative pedagogical and academic collaboration across disciplines.

People from underrepresented groups—including women, racial/ethnic minorities, people who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and veterans—are strongly encouraged to apply.