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:


The search committee will begin reviewing applications November 1, 2018. Cover letter, curriculum

vitae, and three recommendation letters should be submitted via Interfolio at: Applicants will be able to establish a free Interfolio Dossier & Portfolio account.