The text of the announcement is below…
Memphis Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track position in Church History. Rank is open. Responsibilities include teaching introductory and elective courses in our M.Div, MAYM, 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.
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 Church History 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 are required to take the introductory course in the field (CH—Introduction to Church History). 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 History and Theology and may take more. The successful candidate will have the freedom and responsibility for creating elective courses which meet our students’ needs and interests.
- We are interested in expanding our offerings in the area of global Christianity. Potential courses might highlight the history of a single religious tradition (e.g., Pentecostalism) in global perspective; focus on the history of religious diversity or contexts of a particular region (e.g., Christianity in South Asia); or the history of 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 Church History 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.