Director of Field Education and Professor of Practical Theology

Theological reflection upon supervised practice in ministry is integral to the strength of the Master of Divinity education at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The seminary now seeks a creative colleague to direct its field education program and to teach in the area of practical theology. Candidates for this position must have a heart for teaching, experience in congregational ministry, administrative expertise, and a passion for helping to form the next generation of pastoral leaders.

Louisville Seminary has been serving the Reformed tradition for more than 160 years, and is committed to continuing that relationship: candidates must be able to move comfortably within a Reformed context and guide students preparing to minister in churches of the Reformed tradition. At the same time, Louisville Seminary is an increasingly diverse ecumenical community embracing many traditions. We are committed to growing as a multicultural and anti-racist place of learning and living and committed to deepening interfaith dialogue and ecumenical relations.

Job Responsibilities

MDiv students at Louisville Seminary are required to be in part-time field education placements for two of three years; we are eager to find a colleague who can prepare students for ministries which are theologically reflective, historically informed, and engaged with the larger society in faithful ways. This person will work closely with supervisors from local, regional, and national ministries as well as colleagues in the faculty’s Practical Theology area to develop both field- and classroom-based educational opportunities. Depending upon the area of expertise, the person will also have the opportunity to teach students in more focused courses within Practical Theology (e.g., church administration or Christian education) for both masters-level and Doctor of Ministry degrees. In addition, she or he will have opportunity to participate in the Black Church Studies program, the Doors to Dialogue initiative, and the Master of Arts in Spirituality shared with Bellarmine University.

Job Qualifications

Candidates must have earned the PhD or DMin degree in a pertinent field; be an excellent teacher; have demonstrated superior gifts and skills as an administrator and strategic thinker; and possess ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and others of diverse backgrounds. Louisville Seminary is committed to building and sustaining a community of diverse people, who embody differences such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, sexual orientation and denominational affiliation. We follow EEO guidelines and Affirmative Action procedures and particularly encourage women and candidates of color to apply.

Compensation

Louisville Seminary offers a full range of benefits including a generous vacation package, 403b pension benefit, and health insurance. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application

We hope to make an appointment to begin in the summer of 2016. An application will include:

your curriculum vitae,

  • a list of at least three references with their email addresses,
  • a letter of application expressing your vision for the role of field education and practical theology in theological education

Send these materials electronically, by October 31, 2015, to:

Dr. J. Bradley Wigger, Search Committee Chair

c/o Ms. Jean Newman
jnewman@lpts.edu

Review of applications will begin November 2015.

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