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Pacific School of Religion is seeking a professor of New Testament studies whose teaching, scholarship, and service reflect knowledge of diverse perspectives of Scripture and engagement of sacred texts as foundational to the ministry of the church and the work of social transformation. The position is tenure track, rank open. With strong academic credentials and a commitment to the work of justice, this professor will be joining those who share PSR’s vision for preparing theologically and spiritually rooted leaders dedicated to the work of social change and transformation.

PSR’s professor will provide intellectual leadership in the field of New Testament for a diverse faculty and student body by teaching one required introductory NT course and three elective courses for Certificate, Masters and PhD level students. The professor is expected to publish creative and recognized scholarship. Teaching ability in a secondary field is highly desirable, especially in the area of preaching. The professor will be expected to carry out additional responsibilities such as student advising, committee work and attending faculty meetings, community events, and public relations activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Teach classes in New Testament studies to an ecumenical (primarily Protestant) and interreligious body of students;
  2. Participate in PSR community life as member of the faculty involved in teaching, scholarship, student advising, and community service;
  3. Work with faculty and staff to shape the spiritual formation of students;
  4. Seek opportunities for the development of creative teaching, including the use of technology and on-line instruction;
  5. Advise certificate and degree students (including MDiv, MTS, MA, DMin, and PhD students);
  6. Contribute to the consortial academic work of the Graduate Theological Union;
  7. Carry out responsibilities listed in the Faculty Manual.

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  1. PhD or its equivalent in New Testament studies with demonstrated excellence in the field of New Testament with an expertise in contextual hermeneutics, both from the perspectives of the New Testament and the social location of its contemporary interpreter;
  2. Scholarly work consistent with rank;
  3. An understanding of contextual and cross-cultural dimensions of the field and an ability to engage in interdisciplinary conversation;
  4. Readiness to affirm PSR’s interreligious and Christian heritage and a commitment to an open and affirming community that honors and values diversity and presses toward racial, gender, sexual, and economic justice;
  5. Enthusiasm for teaching persons who will exercise their vocation in a variety of settings both within and beyond faith communities, and a depth of understanding about the various ways learning takes place;
  6. Competence in a secondary field, the teaching of preaching is highly desirable;
  7. A committed advocate who can speak with conviction and teach effectively about the role of sacred texts in motivating and shaping social transformation;
  8. Ability to teach Greek; experience teaching on-line;
  9. Ability to build good relationships with and among faculty, students, staff, trustees, and wider publics including community building, organizing, and networking.

PSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, PSR is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

Applicants will need to submit a curriculum vitae, the names of three professional references (none will be contacted without explicit prior permission), and a cover letter that includes (a) the applicant’s understanding of PSR’s mission and vision(see https://psr.edu/about/, (b) work in social change making, and a (c) statement of teaching philosophy and research agenda. Applications, nominations, and inquiries can be sent to Professor Aaron Brody, Committee Chair, at abrody@psr.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received prior to September 30, 2016. The professor of New Testament will be expected to take office on or about July 1, 2017.

About PSR

Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is a progressive, multi-denominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares leaders to work for the well-being of all people and creation. Reflecting the interreligious and multiethnic reality of the world, PSR develops and connects individuals engaged in faith-based leadership and social activism through rigorous scholarship, practical training, and immersive fieldwork, preparing them for ongoing service including pastoral ministry, non-profit and civic leadership, and public policy. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area adjacent to the University of California at Berkeley, PSR is a member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an ecumenical and interfaith consortium of seminaries, centers, and institutes.