Professor of Homiletics / Dean of Chapel

Berkeley, CA
Type: Clergy
Posted Nov 13, 2017
Job Title
Professor of Homiletics/Dean of Chapel
Name of church or organization
Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Job Location
Berkeley, CA
Job Description
The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church, is seeking an Assistant Professor of Homiletics, who will also have a half-time appointment as Dean of Chapel, to begin July 1, 2018. We seek 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.

As Assistant Professor of Homiletics, the successful candidate will teach one course each semester in homiletics and a related area (depending on interests and expertise), and take a full role as a faculty member, including student advising. As Dean of Chapel, the successful candidate will exercise liturgical and administrative oversight of the seminary’s worship life, under the direction of the President and Dean. In particular, the Dean of Chapel will resource and further develop new patterns of creative worship at the seminary, and conduct workshops and teach courses on foundational skills in liturgical leadership.

Candidates should be prepared to teach at both the master’s and doctoral levels of instruction at an Episcopal seminary within the ecumenical and interfaith setting of the Graduate Theological Union. 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 and embody through worship a public theology that relates to Christian life and ministry in the world. This teacher must be able to guide students into an understanding of the implications of diverse contexts for preaching. As a member of the seminary faculty, this teacher is expected to 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 face-to-face 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 tenure-eligible, ranked position at the Assistant Professor level for an initial appointment of five years. Candidates should be ordained members of a church in the Anglican Communion, with significant prior experience in congregational ministry. They should hold an earned Ph.D. (or equivalent) in either Homiletics or Liturgics, with significant academic background in the other field. Christian commitment and practice; accessibility to students; openness to innovation; a commitment to professional theological education; strong pastoral, administrative, and collegial skills; significant background and experience with a diversity of styles of worship and preaching; and awareness of the potential of new technologies for the homiletical task and for faith formation are important assets, as is familiarity with the Episcopal Church.

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.

Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

Type of commitment
  • Full time
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Application Process
To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and a statement of up to 1000 words describing how, in your teaching, scholarship, and chapel oversight in this seminary context, you would: a) engage the curricular emphases of mission, discipleship, and evangelism; b) envision your role in forming faithful leaders for the church, the academy, and the world; c) balance the dual roles of teaching homiletics and overseeing worship; and d) engage a diversity of pedagogical practices. In addition, please have three letters of reference sent directly to CDSP.

Send completed application materials to For questions about the application process or the position, please contact Mary McChesney-Young, Registrar and Coordinator of Academic Services,

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