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Wesley Theological Seminary
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Wesley Theological Seminary

Wesley Theological Seminary invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean.

Wesley Theological Seminary is a graduate theological school of the United Methodist Church located in Washington, DC. It is one of the largest and most diverse seminaries in the world. Degree programs include Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry. Almost 60 percent of the students are Methodist; the remaining 40 percent represent more than 25 different denominations. Forty-four percent of the students are African American, Hispanic, Asian, or other ethnic minority. Wesley's faculty includes 18 full-time faculty members and 25 adjunct faculty members.

The Dean is the Chief Academic Officer and responsible directly to the President. The Dean's responsibilities include developing and overseeing policy and programming, as well as personnel oversight, development, and fiscal management for the faculty and academic programs. The Dean is expected to provide vision and leadership in strategic planning and promote excellence in teaching and scholarship.

The best candidates for the position will possess an earned doctorate in a field of theological education and have a distinguished record of graduate teaching, scholarship, and active participation in the life of the church. In addition, candidates should have a demonstrated record of administrative competence and enthusiasm for the seminary's global perspective and programs. While qualified United Methodists will receive preference, the seminary welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of denominational affiliation.

More information, including an institutional profile with a full list of responsibilities, is available here:

How to Apply: Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a CV, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: [email protected]

The position is open until filled but only applications received by Tuesday, January 31, 2023, can be assured full consideration. The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at [email protected] and Chris Butler at [email protected]. Further information about Wesley Theological Seminary is available at

Wesley Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Seated in the nation's capital, centered in Christian faith, Wesley Theological Seminary prepares over 1,000 students annually, representing more than 30 denominations, to become exemplary teachers, preachers, and leaders in the world today.

The mission of Wesley Theological Seminary is to equip Christians for leadership in the church and the world, to advance theological scholarship, and to model a prophetic voice in the public square. Wesley is a teaching seminary and a service-oriented community. Our graduates are in ministry in all 50 states and in 20 countries as leaders of churches and other service organizations.

Wesley has come to have a strong impact through its commitment to service and to congregational partnerships. As vectors of creative, collaborative and scholarly practice, the members of Wesley's 2010 graduating class alone will minister to more than half a million people in the course of their careers. I welcome you to join them. - The Rev. Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, President

Founded | 1882

Affiliation | The United Methodist Church

Student Body
Wesley is one of the most diverse seminaries in the world. Within the community of about 500 students, 56% are women, 43% are an ethnic minority, and 38 denominations are represented. Clubs and organizations on campus include Association of Black Seminarians, Episcopal Student Union, Korean Student Association, Open Room, Of Sacred Worth, LOGOS, Multicultural Fellowship, Plumbline, Presbyterian Student Organization, Student Council, Unitarian Universalist Student Association, The Writing Group, Wesley Student Fellowship, and Wesley Ambassadors. New student groups are regularly formed based on the needs and interests of the community.

Residence Life
About 30% of the student body lives on campus in 2 residence halls, including both standard dorm style rooms and apartments.

Wesley is located in the Northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia, directly adjacent to American University. Wesley's campus consists of a chapel, library, residence hall, apartment building, administrative building, dining hall, faculty offices. classrooms, and community meeting areas. Wesley students have the privilege of using the library and wellness facilities at American University. Wesley is also a member of the Washington Theological Consortium which affords students the opportunity to take classes at and use the library facilities of any member institution. Wesley has long been a leader in promoting the intersection of Arts and Theology and in that vein boasts an art studio with changing exhibits and several artists in residence each semester.

Wesley offers 4 degrees including Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry. In addition, Wesley offers a dual degree program with neighboring American University combining a Master of Theological Studies from Wesley and a Master of Arts degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution or International Development from American University. The Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees include a Practice in Ministry and Mission (PMM) placement, Covenant Discipleship, and an Intercultural Immersion. Optional specialities within the Master of Divinity degree include Youth Ministry, Student Pastor Program, Emerging Ministry, and Urban Ministry. Master of Arts and Master of Theological Studies offer many options for specialization.

Class Size
Introductory lecture classes average 30-60 students in size. Discussion based classes generally include 6-10 students.

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