Assistant Professor, Homiletics & Pastoral Theology


The Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology at Church Divinity School of the Pacific will further CDSP’s commitment to forming leaders for mission and ministry in culturally diverse contexts and in a changing church and world. We seek an engaging, dynamic teacher who bridges the academy, the church, and the world, and who can enable students to articulate and embody a public theology that relates to Christian life and ministry today and in the future. This teacher must be able to guide students into an understanding of the implications of diverse contexts for preaching and pastoral ministry.

Candidates should be prepared to teach at the master’s level, and potentially the doctoral level, at an Episcopal seminary within the ecumenical and interfaith setting of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), in Berkeley, California.

CDSP’s new partnership with Trinity Church Wall Street (TCWS) means that the years ahead will bring opportunities for growth and expansion. The professor of homiletics and pastoral theology will be an integral part of the faculty that will guide the development of new curricula, programs, and approaches to leadership education.

This is a ranked position at the Assistant Professor level for an initial appointment of five years, beginning August 1, 2020.


Teaching and Research

Design, prepare, and teach required introductory courses in homiletics and pastoral theology, both as semester-long courses and as on-campus intensives. Offer electives in both fields from time to time. Teach in both face-to-face and online modalities.

Teach with academic rigor, an awareness of the diversity of ministry contexts, and a clear focus on CDSP’s core curricular commitments to mission, discipleship, and evangelism. Incorporate into all teaching a careful attentiveness to the key skills of contextualization, critical theory, and public conversation.  

Carry out a program of continuing academic research and scholarship, including making presentations at professional meetings and publishing articles, books, and reviews.


Serve as advisor to CDSP students in a variety of degree and certificate programs, including supervising theses for the M.A. and M.T.S. degrees. Engage with the pastoral and formational processes of advisees and other students preparing for ministry, ordained and lay.  

Become a Qualified Administrator (QA) of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Interpret the IDI for advisees, and work with advisees on their Intercultural Development Plans (IDP).

Seminary Life

Participate fully in seminary worship, including preaching at least once per semester, and presiding at eucharist if appropriate to ordination status.

Participate actively in community life, including meals and other events with students and faculty.

External Service

Listen and speak to the needs of the church and the world. Such service may include guest preaching and speaking engagements, both locally and nationally; participation in national, provincial, diocesan, or congregational committees and task forces; attending or leading church conferences and events; writing and publishing articles, reviews, and books.

Participate actively in the life and ministry of a local congregation.

Shared Faculty Commitments

Work with colleagues at CDSP and in the GTU in all aspects of graduate professional theological education. Where appropriate, participate in teaching and academic committee work in the GTU.

With faculty at CDSP, assess and make recommendations about students’ readiness and suitability for ordination.

Collaborate on curriculum development with senior leadership at CDSP and partners at TCWS.

With faculty and senior staff at CDSP and TCWS, develop and implement strategies for dismantling racism in our largely white context.

Complete the IDI, receive feedback, and develop and work on a personal IDP. Collaborate with faculty in further developing intercultural pedagogy and curricula.

Serve on faculty committees and assume other responsibilities and special projects as required.

Perform all duties in a manner that promotes CDSP’s mission and core values.

Adhere to confidentiality rules and all other CDSP policies, procedures, and rules.

CDSP faculty contracts cover a full 12-month year and require full-time presence on campus and participation in community life during January Intersession and June Intensive terms (2 weeks each), as well as Fall and Spring semesters. The normal teaching load is five courses spread over these four terms, whether face-to-face or online.


Background and experience teaching a diversity of styles of preaching for a variety of cultural contexts

Awareness of the potential of new technologies for the homiletical task and for faith formation

Background and, preferably, experience with a diversity of approaches to pastoral care within congregations and beyond, across a variety of cultural backgrounds

An integrated understanding of different aspects of theological education and openness to innovation in teaching and curricular development

Strong pastoral, administrative, and collegial skills

Christian commitment and practice, including active participation in a local faith community

Commitment to the academic and ministerial formation of students

Strong commitment to the shared work of dismantling racism in a largely white institutional space

Familiarity with the Episcopal Church, and its sacramental approach to both homiletics and pastoral care


Hold an earned Ph.D. or equivalent in the field of practical theology, preferably with a primary concentration in homiletics, and with background and experience in pastoral theology.  

Be prepared to teach at both the master’s and potentially the doctoral levels of instruction at an Episcopal seminary within the ecumenical and interfaith setting of the Graduate Theological Union

Have the capacity to teach using both online and face-to-face modalities.

To apply submit a cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three references (one from a person in a ministry setting where you have been in leadership, one academic, and one professional, whether academic or non-academic setting), and a statement of up to 1000 words describing how, through your teaching and scholarship in this seminary context, you would:

engage CDSP’s curricular emphases of mission, discipleship, and evangelism;

prepare leaders for the church, the academy, and the world; and

engage a diversity of pedagogical practices, including in-person and on-line.

In addition, please provide an example of a course syllabus for a course offered either in-person or on-line.

Review of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please apply online at