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The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church, is seeking a Dean of Academic Affairs who will also have a half-time faculty appointment in a field that complements the existing strengths in the CDSP faculty. 

Our current needs are particularly in the areas of New Testament studies, Church History, and Pastoral Theology.  We seek to appoint a person who will further the institution’s commitment to forming leaders of ministry in culturally diverse contexts and in a changing church and world.  The Dean of Academic Affairs will implement the new and distinctive MDiv and MTS curricula, build upon recent faculty development, and continue to build on the success of the hybrid/low residence program.  In addition, the Dean will have the opportunity, in consultation with the President, Board of Trustees, and Faculty, to develop new initiatives reflecting the programmatic mission of CDSP. 

This person will have some experience or familiarity with the broad spectrum of tasks related to leading faculty and implementing curriculum, and carrying out (with support) the administrative functions of a seminary program.  The Academic Dean will be able to represent CDSP in the broader Episcopal Church, support faculty and staff in engaging with church polity and practices, and represent the Episcopal perspective in the larger arena of the ecumenical and interreligious Graduate Theological Union, including participation in the GTU Council of Deans.  Our expectation is that the Academic Dean participates fully in the leadership of the spiritual formation and worship life of CDSP. The current academic dean, the Rev. Dr. Ruth A. Meyers, whose term in the position ends in 2018, will serve until a new dean is appointed and will then return to full-time teaching at CDSP.

CDSP’s core program, the M.Div., offers rigorous academic and spiritual formation for those who, in a context of religious and cultural pluralism, will lead the church in participating in God’s mission, forming Christian disciples, and proclaiming the Gospel. We seek an engaging, dynamic teacher who bridges the line between the academy and the church, and can enable students to articulate a public theology that relates to Christian life and ministry in the world. This teacher should possess an integrated understanding of different aspects of theological education and be willing and able to work with colleagues in all aspects of graduate professional theological education. Candidates must have the capacity to teach in both classroom and online modalities and be eager to engage with the pastoral and formational processes of candidates preparing for ministry, ordained and lay.

This is a ranked position at the Associate or Full Professor level for an initial appointment of five years.  We expect candidates to have an earned PhD or the equivalent, a minimum of five years teaching experience, and a record of academic publishing, as well as demonstrated experience in educational administration, including accreditation.

The Church Divinity School of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons who would increase the racial/ethnic diversity of our faculty are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and a statement of up to 1000 words describing your vision for academic leadership in this seminary context, and how in your teaching and scholarship you would: a) engage the curricular emphases of mission, discipleship, and evangelism; b) envision your role in preparing leaders for the church, the academy, and the world; and c) engage a diversity of pedagogical practices. In addition, please have three letters of reference sent directly to CDSP. 

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Send completed application materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions about the application process or the position, please contact Mary McChesney-Young, Registrar and Academic Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..