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Professor of Hebrew Bible (Tenure Track)

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Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) invites applications and nominations for an opening in Hebrew Bible. 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 Hebrew Bible by May 2022
  • Additional expertise in another area, such as preaching, theology, or theological ethics
  • The ability and willingness to teach online and one or more biblical languages
  • A record of or promise for scholarly activity and service to a graduate educational institution
  • 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 mission is to form disciples of Jesus Christ for church and community leadership to serve God’s transforming of the world. Most recently, the new strategic plan reinforces the support of this mission through its intentional focus on student centeredness, embracing diversity, racial equity, interfaith collaboration, technological mindfulness and more. Financial stability, committed Board of Trustees, visionary academic administration, and talented faculty all position CTS well in continuing its mission.

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 Alilah Williams, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at [email protected]. CTS will not contact references without notifying applicants beforehand.

Review of applications will begin by January 10, 2022 and an appointment can be made for the beginning of the 2022-23 academic year. Applications will be welcomed until the position is filled.

Christian Theological Seminary is an inclusive community of teaching and learning that will carefully review materials submitted by all applicants. CTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Description

Professor of Hebrew Bible (Open Rank) As a member of the faculty at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS), the Hebrew Bible faculty member 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 Hebrew Bible faculty member 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 above all else, these additional responsibilities will be appropriately balanced to permit her or him to develop first and foremost as a theological educator. The Hebrew Bible faculty member will be assigned an experienced member of the CTS faculty as a mentor and advocate. Per the Faculty Handbook, she or he will undergo annual performance reviews. If untenured upon appointment, 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 Hebrew Bible faculty member 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 Hebrew Bible faculty member 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 Hebrew Bible faculty member needs to 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.

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