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Assistant Professor of Religion

The Department of Religion at Bethel University is currently accepting applications for a full-time permanent faculty position in religion at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 1, 2024.

Position Requirements

  • The Department of Religion seeks applicants from within the Christian tradition who are committed to the integration of their faith with their teaching and scholarship.
  • Candidates will be expected to have completed or be near completion of a Ph.D. in some field of study within Christian Theology. Candidates with experience in ministry are encouraged to apply.
  • Prospective candidates will be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level with preference given to those candidates with experience in teaching in a variety of contexts (in-class and online) using a variety of methods and instructional technology.
  • Preference will be to those candidates with the ability to teach across the theological and biblical disciplines and with broad interdisciplinary interests. Candidates will also be expected to have a commitment to best practices in the classroom (with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion), as well as the desire to engage students outside the classroom.
  • Other responsibilities for this position may include academic advising and serving on Department, College, and University committees, as appropriate.

Position Description

  • Teaching responsibilities include both introductory and upper-level courses in Old and New Testament, the History of Christianity, Christian Ethics, and Sociology of Religion. The ability to teach courses in Christian Ministry/Education will be considered a plus. Candidates with specializations in addition to these areas should be prepared to discuss potential course offerings.
  • Full-time faculty at Bethel are expected to teach 24 semester hours per academic year.
  • Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

About the Department of Religion

The Department of Religion resides within Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The Department offers courses in Christian theology, biblical studies, Christian history, and comparative religions along with associated subjects. All Bethel students are required to take two religion courses in partial fulfillment of the University's general education requirements. The Religion Department offers a major in Christian studies and minor in religion.

About Bethel University

Established in 1842, Bethel University is a private Christian University and one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state of Tennessee. The University is composed of three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Professional Studies, and Health Sciences. The University's main campus is in McKenzie, TN, with satellite campuses in Paris and Jackson, TN. The student body is represented by students from 45 states and 25 foreign countries.

To Apply

Submit the following materials to Dr. Keith Herris, Division Chair, or mail to Director Human Resources, Bethel University, 325 Cherry Avenue, McKenzie, TN 38201

  • A letter of application addressing the position requirements and responsibilities indicated above.
  • A full curriculum vitae.
  • A 250-500 word statement describing your Christian faith and explaining your interest in teaching at Bethel University.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

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