Preaching and Worship in the African American Tradition
Vanderbilt Divinity School seeks applications and nominations for a faculty position beginning fall
2019. This is a tenure/tenure-track level position, rank open. Although focused primarily on
homiletics, the appointment includes responsibilities for teaching and research related to both
preaching and worship as practices in the historic and contemporary black churches. It also entails
advising in both the divinity degree programs (MDiv, MTS, and ThM), which prepare students for
ministry and public leadership, and the Graduate Department of Religion (MA, PhD), which prepares
students for teaching and research. Appointed faculty will join the Homiletics and Liturgics Area of the
Graduate Department of Religion, share responsibilities for teaching the ministerial arts requirement
in preaching, and offer a range of courses relating preaching and worship to practices of ministry and
public leadership in today’s world.
Successful applicants will have completed a PhD or its equivalent focused on the history, theology, and
practice of Christian preaching and worship; have a demonstrated research interest in the religious life
of African American people and their churches; be able to teach a wide variety of students; be attentive
to possibilities for working with other University units; and have an interest in facilitating programs
for local clergy, laity, and public leaders.
Underrepresented candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The school has strong commitments to social justice and places a high value on diversity among its faculty and student body, as well as in research and teaching. Successful candidates will evidence commitment to these priorities. (see: https://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/about/purposes.php)
The search committee will begin reviewing applications November 1, 2018. Cover letter, curriculum
vitae, and three recommendation letters should be submitted via Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/56091. Applicants will be able to establish a free Interfolio Dossier & Portfolio account.