Full- time Position in Biblical Studies: New Testament Graduate Theology (F262)

Azusa, Los Angeles County / Irwindale, Los Angeles County
Feb 25, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

School/College: School of Theology

Department: Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology (APGST): Graduate Biblical Studies

Location: Azusa Campus, San Diego Regional Center, Los Angeles Regional Center


Azusa Pacific University invites applications and nominations for a faculty position in New Testament Studies in the Graduate Biblical Studies Department in the Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology. The contract is renewable, in a system of one-year, three-year, and five-year (term tenure) contracts. The APGST’s programs are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The APGST is a seminary with a Wesleyan heritage; it has a diverse faculty and student body. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, medical status, or status as a veteran.

Faculty members are required to affirm the university’s Statement of Faith annually in writing. Additionally, faculty members are expected to affirm, support, and sustain the Identity Statements of the university. These statements may be found on the university’s website under “About APU” and “What We Believe” (see http://www.apu.edu/about/believe/).

The person holding this appointment will have a specialty in area of New Testament Studies and have a proven record of effective teaching and publication, as well as interests and experience in Christian ministry. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.


  • Teaching core and elective courses in New Testament Studies in the master’s degree programs of the APGST.
  • Advising students in the master’s degree programs of APGST.
  • Traveling to the off-campus centers of the APGST to fulfill part of the teaching load.
  • Engaging actively in scholarship in Biblical Studies, including presentations at conferences and publications.
  • Participating in the development and delivery of online courses.
  • Participating in faculty governance of the APGST and the university through faculty councils and committees.
  • Contributing to an irenic spirit among the multiple denominational traditions of the Azusa Pacific University community.

Level: Rank open


  • Higher education-level teaching experience and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, New Testament by the time of appointment.
  • A deep commitment to the Wesleyan theological perspective.
  • An understanding of the needs of churches and the responsibility of the APGST in preparing leaders to meet these needs.
  • A proven record of embracing the importance of men and women, representing multiple ethnicities and cultures, in the various leadership roles of the academy as well as the church.
  • A strong background in teaching the inductive method of exegesis and biblical interpretation.
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one critical methodology of interpretation.
  • Skill in Hebrew and Greek, preferably including a working knowledge of Aramaic and Latin.
  • The ability to encourage exposition and dialogue within the Wesleyan theological tradition.
  • A good publication record.

Experience: Applicants’ curriculum vitae should provide evidence of strength in both teaching and scholarship.

Workload: Teaching a nine-month contract load of 24 semester units in regular semester, intensive, and/or online formats. Courses are normally four units.

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects
  • Ability to think and communicate theologically
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form
  • Ability to appropriately balance and apply personal strengths in teamwork

Hire Date: Fall 2015

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.