Christian Education opening, Samuel Proctor School of Theology

Virginia Union University is a predominately African-American institution, which equips persons for service within particular contexts. The University seeks to provide in the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology professional training for Christian ministers, characterized by high standards of scholarship in the basic academic disciplines, moral and spiritual growth, and competence for ministry in a variety of cultural settings.

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University invites applications for a faculty position in Christian education and practical theology, which opens Fall, 2017. Teaching responsibilities include courses in educational and developmental theory. Areas of expertise might include liberative pedagogies, leadership, and educational administration in congregational settings. Opportunities exist to advise students in all of the graduate programs, including the Doctor of Ministry Program.

Foundational courses in Christian education provide a context for developing students’ understanding of the basic principles of teaching and learning as well as the theory and practice of church education. In addition to focusing on religious instruction, the courses explore foundational issues, organizational structures, educational leadership, and administration from a ministry perspective. Becoming aware of the myriad of ministry challenges facing theological school graduates in this millennium and the ever growing needs of the church, the School of Theology launched a Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) degree in 2009. The design of this degree focuses intentionally upon courses essential to the theological and educational preparation of persons seeking to provide effective religious leadership, guidance and instruction for Christian education programs in 1. local congregation 2. regional, state, and national agencies and institutions and 3. creative ministries of transformation beyond the church.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae with official transcript, a one-page statement of one’s teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 15, 2017. Applications will be reviewed immediately should be submitted as a PDF via email to: NDWest@vuu.edu with the subject: CE Search.

Recommendations should be emailed directly by the recommender to Dr. West using the subject: CE Search and the name of the applicant. Dr. Nathaniel West Christian Education Search Committee Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology Virginia Union University Virginia Union does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, or national origin.

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