Director Lifelong Learning at Meadville Lombard

Meadville Lombard Theological School, located in downtown Chicago, is currently seeking a full-time Senior Director of Lifelong Learning who will be a key player in the success of our co-curricular programs and relaunched Doctor of Ministry degree program.

A graduate theological institution, Meadville Lombard is academically rigorous, spiritually grounded, unapologetically progressive, and deeply committed to teaching and learning for social justice and transformation. Meadville Lombard’s innovative education model is a low residency program grounded in service learning and integrated internships.

Students travel to Chicago two times a year for learning convocations and intensives in addition to regular contact with faculty and students through a variety of standard technology formats. The successful candidate must have competency in functioning in a multiracial, multicultural, and theologically diverse learning and work environment.

Applications will be accepted until August 15, 2021, and more details are available online.

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Lecturer in African and African diaspora philosophy

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University invites applications for a full-time, academic year appointment in African and African diaspora philosophy and religion, or ethics and moral philosophy at the rank of Professorial Lecturer beginning August 30, 2021. Teaching duties include introductory courses in ethics as well as at least one MA-level course in African and African diaspora philosophy and religion or comparative ethics. In addition to scholarship and teaching, responsibilities may include participation in department, school, and university activities. The teaching load for the year is three courses per semester (fall and spring). Funding for research and/or travel to participate in academic conferences is available.

The Department of Philosophy and Religion offers undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies and graduate degrees in Philosophy, including the M.A. in Philosophy (including Philosophy and Social Policy) and a joint MA in Ethics, Peace and Human Rights. Learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences at http://www.american.edu/cas/ and about the department at http://www.american.edu/cas/philrel/.

Details for applying are online.

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Director of Spiritual Formation

This is a full-time appointment to serve as the Director of Spiritual Formation for Jesuit School of Theology students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders at Santa Clara University, beginning on August 15, 2021. This position reports to the Senior Assistant Dean at JST and serves as one of three members of the Cluster for Formation and Ministry.

The Director of Spiritual Formation is responsible for the successful promotion, development and administration of spiritual formation for JST stakeholders, for preparing spiritual directors, and for supporting the liturgical life of the school, including programs and events.

  1. Develop a formal Spiritual Formation Program within JST-SCU to support all members of the community, collaborating with internal constituencies at JST and the main campus on a strategic plan.
  2. Provide spiritual direction, including direction according to the Ignatian tradition, to JST community, through retreats, programs, and direct guidance.
  3. Create programs to prepare spiritual directors, including direction according to the Ignatian tradition, in collaboration with JST academic program directors.
  4. Coordinate the liturgical life of the school, including sacristan support for the Chapel, daily masses, and special liturgical events, in collaboration with the Rector of the Jesuit Community of Berkeley and the JST Dean.
  5. Establish and operationalize formal Advisory Board procedures, commensurate with the strategic vision and priorities of the Spiritual Formation Program and of JST.
  6. Oversee and coordinate provision of spiritual formation resources to alumni, benefactors and the larger community.
  7. Coordinate programming with Director of Ministerial Formation and Assistant Dean of Student Life.
  8. Serve as an effective and respected colleague and team member at JST and a leader in relation to external publics

More details are available online.

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Instructional Designer

Union Presbyterian Seminary (UPSem) invites applications and nominations for an Instructional Designer. The physical location of this position will be on the Richmond or Charlotte campus and is negotiable. Wherever located, the incumbent in this position will serve instructional design needs on both campuses and therefore will travel to the campus where the position is not located. This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position with primary responsibility in administration, with year-round responsibilities. The person appointed to this position will be assigned a faculty rank commensurate with their background and qualifications for this position, and will report to the VP for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean (Richmond campus).

Letters of application, including a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references, should be addressed to Ken McFayden, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Richmond Campus, Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227, staylor [at] upsem [dot] edu. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Please see the position description for more information.

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Director of Supervised Ministry and Vocational Planning

Union Presbyterian Seminary (UPSem) invites applications and nominations for a Director of Supervised Ministry and Vocational Planning and (Professor) of Supervised Ministry to serve primarily on our Richmond, Virginia campus. The incumbent in this position works closely and collegially with a parallel position on the Charlotte campus. This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position with primary responsibility in administration, with year-round responsibilities. The person appointed to this position will be assigned a faculty rank commensurate with their background and qualifications for this position.

Letters of application, including a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references, should be addressed to Ken McFayden, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Richmond Campus, Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227, staylor [at] upsem [dot] edu. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Please see the position description for more information.

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Invitation to participate in research on religious didactics

Prof. Dr. Martin Rothgangel at Universität Wien and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Riegel at Universität Siegen are seeking other research scholars in religious education (defined here as scholars with a PHD) who are willing to complete a research survey on the topic of the formative effects on research in religious education in the school context. More information is available online. Please participate if you meet their criteria, and do so prior to June 30th.

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Research working group in children’s spirituality

The Children’s Spirituality Research & Innovation Hub is looking for scholars and reflective practitioners who are interested in contributing to fresh, contemporary understandings of the spiritual lives and development of children from birth to age 12. We are organizing small groups of scholars from diverse fields to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects, as well as seeking individuals or collaborators who want to pursue independent research projects. To learn more about our Research Working Groups and/or Independent Research Grants and review our Request for Proposal and Application guidelines, please visit our website or email us.

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REA Pop-Up Session: Transformative Instructional Practices for Religious Education

A year of a pandemic, a hasty shift to virtual and online education, racial injustice, and polarization in U.S. politics and religious communities, calls on religious educators to consider instructional practices and modes of assessment that promote the aim of religious education and respond to the challenges posed by these events.

Join us in the upcoming REA Pop-Up session, Transformative Instructional Practices for Religious Education, on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 8 PM EST. This session will offer a space to discuss the aim of religious education and liberative instructional strategies and assessments that, in flowing from the nature of religious education, can promote its aim of forming God’s people for mission.

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Reminder: May 18th AAPI solidarity round table

Please remember that we are hosting a roundtable for those who wish to be in solidarity with AAPI people against anti-Asian racism, including ways for REA to continue to support its members in this work on Tuesday, May 18th from 7-8:30pmET. You must register in advance to receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Assoc. Dean Community Life at Wesley

Wesley Theological Seminary invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean for Community Life.

The ideal candidate for the position will possess a minimum of a Master of Divinity degree, and a DMin degree is preferred. Ordination and an active participation in the life of the church is required, and extensive pastoral experience is preferred. In addition, candidates should have a demonstrated record of administrative experience, as well as an appreciation for diversity and cross-cultural competency. Teaching opportunities may be available for the candidate with the academic credentials and teaching competency. The Associate Dean for Community Life reports to the Dean.

The Associate Dean for Community Life’s general responsibilities include administration and development of community life, implementation of programs that prepare students for ministry, liaison between students and faculty, address students needs and concerns, and crisis management. The Associate Dean administers the Community Life office and supervises the student services staff who are direct reports. This team is comprised of the Program Administrator and Executive Assistant for Community Life, Director of the Writing Center, Residential Life, Food Services, Program Coordinator for Student Care, and other staff that provide student services.

More details are available online (search under administrative openings).

Applications and nominations will be accepted until an Associate Dean for Community Life is selected, but to ensure optimal consideration, interested parties should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references by May 1, 2021. Please send to: associatedeansearch2021 [at] wesleyseminary [dot] edu

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