Memphis Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track position in Evangelism & Mission to begin in the Fall of 2014. Rank is open. Responsibilities include teaching introductory and elective courses in our M.A., M.Div, and D.Min programs. An ability to teach from a global perspective is welcomed. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in the field and a commitment to diversity, collegiality, and the life of the church. We invite applications from all qualified candidates, especially those from traditionally under-represented populations.
Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to Dean Stan Wood, Memphis Theological Seminary, 168 E Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104. Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2014.
Interested parties are encouraged to read the following description regarding teaching responsibilities, institutional expectations, and participation in the community life of Memphis Theological Seminary.
- Our students are primarily ministerial students (rather than PhD candidates). They seek courses to help them do pastoral work in a variety of contexts, explore new avenues for ministry, and enable the people with whom they do ministry to fulfill their sense of mission.
- The successful candidate for our position in Evangelism & Mission will have significant freedom to shape the course offerings in the area according to the needs of our students & her or his understanding of the field and areas of expertise.
- Currently, all M.Div students & some M.A. students are required to take the introductory course in the field (CM 2000—The Mission of the Church). The successful candidate will shape this course and teach it nearly every semester.
- Our M.Div students are currently required to take 2 electives in the area of Context & Mission and may take more. The successful candidate will have the freedom and responsibility for creating elective courses which meet our students’ needs and interests.
- Our United Methodist students are required to take a 3-hr course in “evangelism” as well as a 3-hr course in “mission of the church in the world” as a part of their academic requirements for ordination. (UM students are currently the largest single constituency within the MTS student body.) The successful candidate will be prepared to offer courses in these areas and to assist UM students in navigating this aspect of their ordination journey.
- In addition to regular electives, we have a tradition of offering “immersion courses” which take our students to an area of mission work & study. (For example, a past professor took students to Cameroon, Africa; the Choctaw Reservation in Oklahoma; the U.S.-Mexico border; Trinidad & Tobago; and Canada.)
- We are interested in expanding our offerings in the area of global Christianity. Potential courses might highlight a single religious tradition (e.g., Pentecostalism) in global perspective; focus on the religious diversity or contexts of a particular region (e.g., Christianity in South Asia); or inter-religious encounters in global context (e.g., Christianity and Islam in Africa).
- We are currently working on a curriculum revision which, when implemented, will significantly reshape the landscape of our curricular offerings across all the theological sub-disciplines. We are looking for input from a new voice in the field of Evangelism & Mission who can develop a portfolio of courses for that area that will both expose our students to diverse approaches to the subject matter and engage them in critical considerations of the latest scholarly views and arguments. It will be important for our new professor to endorse the curriculum revision that has already been completed, even while adding his or her voice in those areas of ongoing work.
- The new curriculum includes attention to cross-disciplinary approaches aimed toward greater integration of subject matter for our students. Consequently, we envision creating a number of team-taught courses in our near future. Thus, the successful candidate will embrace collegiality & cooperation in working with his or her peers, including an openness to joint ventures in course instruction.
Memphis Theological Seminary
of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
168 East Parkway South • Memphis, Tennessee 38104-4395
Telephone 901.458.8232 • Fax 901.452.4051 • www.MemphisSeminary.edu