Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Assistant / Associate Professor of American Church History

Department: Church History and the History of Christian Thought

Position: Full-time, tenure-track

Starting Date: July 1, 2020

The Department of Church History and the History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) seeks to appoint a tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor in American Church History, beginning on July 1, 2020.  In addition to teaching departmental courses in the Masters of Divinity, Masters of Church History, and PhD in Historical Theology programs, the successful candidate is expected to advise and mentor students, direct PhD dissertations, engage in research and publication, and provide service to the academic community. The standard teaching load is 9 credit hours per semester.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have an earned PhD in American religious history before August 2020, have received basic theological education equivalent to the MDiv degree, and be a convinced evangelical Christian. A demonstrated record of outstanding teaching and a proven research agenda with publications is expected. Preference will be shown to candidates who have significant Christian ministry experience and a vision for serving God and his people through the scholarly ministry of church history. All faculty members at TEDS are expected to affirm without reservation the school’s Statement of Faith (see http://go.efca.org/resources/documents/efca-statement-faith), Human Sexuality Statement, and Racial Reconciliation Statement.  

Seminary: TEDS and Trinity College are schools within Trinity International University, which is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America.  Founded in 1897, the university educates men and women to engage in God’s redemptive work by cultivating academic excellence, Christian faithfulness, and lifelong learning. At the heart of Trinity’s mission lies its four core values: Christ centered, community focused, church connected, and culturally engaged.  Trinity’s purpose is to enable its graduates to think and live like Christians in the twenty-first century. Located in Deerfield, Illinois, the university campus is 25 miles north of Chicago and 5 miles west of the shores of Lake Michigan.

Application: To be assured of full consideration, please send a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae by February 1 to Professor Scott Manetsch, chair of the Department of Church History (smanetsc@tiu.edu). Trinity International University complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination in employment. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Read more about TEDS and its programs at http://divinity.tiu.edu


Faculty Position in Reformation History and Theology

Luther Seminary welcomes applications for a full-time, three-year contract faculty position in Reformation History and Theology, beginning July 1, 2020. Rank is open and commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities include teaching a foundational course in the Lutheran Confessional Writings and developing elective courses in Luther Studies and the Reformation, as well as possible occasional teaching of the second required course in the History of Christianity (1500 to the present).  Faculty teaching at Luther Seminary includes teaching in residential, hybrid, intensive, and online modalities, as well as advising students in vocational preparation for professional ministry, and participating in the collegial life of the community.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or Th.D. in the area of the history and theology of the sixteenth-century reformations, and have demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship. They should have a broad understanding of these reformation traditions, including their global aspects, as well as the ability to assist students to understand their continuing contemporary influence and relevance.  As Luther Seminary is one of the largest seminaries within the member churches of the Lutheran World Federation, this candidate will develop courses and offerings to strengthen our course offerings in the study of the history and theology of Martin Luther. Leadership experience in Christian communities would be an asset to our primary mission of educating persons for leadership in Christian communities.  

The person in this faculty position will also be involved in leading and stewarding the Reformation Research Program, based at Luther Seminary. This program seeks to encourage and enhance interest in and reflection upon the heritage of the Lutheran reformation in particular and the movements in Christianity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries more broadly. The program is key to the consideration and continuation of the centrality of the insights of the Lutheran reformation and its heritage at Luther Seminary.  The Program seeks not only an appreciation of the past but also active reflection on how the heritage of the Lutheran reformation centers and informs confessing in today’s world.

The person chosen for this position will have a teaching load of five courses per year in addition to other faculty responsibilities, full medical and retirement benefits, support for course design, and scholarly conference funds.

“Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities called and sent by the Holy Spirit to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s world.” That mission statement governs the entire life of Luther Seminary and the Seminary seeks persons committed to that mission.

Luther Seminary is a diverse Christian community committed to engaging deeply in Christ-centered relationships across differences through honest, courageous and respectful dialogue. Persons of color and from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

A letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted to Dr. Mark Granquist, chair of the search committee at Luther Seminary.  Applications will be considered beginning January 15, 2020 and continuing until the position is filled.

Luther Seminary is one of the seven seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with over twenty faculty members and approximately 500 students. The seminary offers five degree programs: MDiv, MA, MTh, DMin, and PhD. Current students represent 41 different denominations, with approximately 30% of enrolled students from Christian communities other than the ELCA. Students at the seminary currently come from approximately twenty different countries.Luther Seminary was founded in 1869 and is located in a metropolitan area of three million people, in close proximity to the University of Minnesota, three other seminaries, and numerous private colleges and universities. See the seminary’s website at www.luthersem.edu for more information.