Asst Professor, Youth & Family Ministry/Christian Education

Lenoir-Rhyne University

The School of Theology at Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks applications for a full time, 9 month, tenure-track position in Youth and Family Ministry/Christian Education at the Assistant Professor rank, beginning August 2013. Ph.D. is expected by the time of appointment. Responsibilities include teaching religion in the University’s core curriculum as well as teaching courses and supervising internships for students in the “Family Development” and “Outdoor Personal and Religious Development” tracks in the undergraduate Religion major. Ability to teach additional religion courses (e.g. Christian thought or ethics) would be an asset as well. The program is part of the curriculum of a university of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; an empathetic understanding of the Christian tradition and a commitment to education that will serve the mission of the church is required.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment and capacity for teaching excellence, student mentorship, scholarly and professional engagement, and campus citizenship.

To complete the online application (required), candidates are directed to:

While completing the application, candidates will be prompted to submit a Letter of Application, a Curriculum Vitae (including the names and addresses of three references), and a Statement of Teaching Philosophy. The application letter should discuss specifically how one’s professional experiences and perspectives relate to the needs of the position and of Lenoir-Rhyne University. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until April 1, 2013. Any questions regarding the position or the search process should be submitted electronically to Dr. Jonathan Schwiebert, Search Committee Chair, at Jonathan [dot] Schwiebert [at] lr [dot] edu.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private comprehensive liberal arts institution founded in 1891, with its main campus located in Hickory, North Carolina, a town of over 40,000, and additional campuses in Asheville and Columbia, SC. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lenoir-Rhyne is about an hour drive from Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and/or Asheville. By combining the liberal arts with professional studies, the University joins a rich foundation in the arts, humanities, social sciences, languages, religion, and natural sciences with approximately 60 undergraduate majors and 18 master’s degree programs. With record enrollments each of the last four years, the institution now enrolls over 1950 students at its three locales, and it intends to continue managed enrollment growth over the coming years as it expands upon its mission. In pursuit of the development of the whole person, Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community, and promote responsible leadership for service in the world. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lenoir-Rhyne promotes a diverse campus open to people from all religious backgrounds. It is an EOE/AA employer under all applicable civil rights laws. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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