Pacific School of Religion (PSR)

Assistant Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care

Practical Theology Position Announcement 2019

PSR is seeking a faculty member to teach courses in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care. We are seeking innovative theological educators who embrace robust interdisciplinarity in their teaching and scholarship to reimagine theological education and the role of faculty in facilitating it. PSR’s ground-breaking curriculum relies on faculty members whose scholarship and teaching bring together the best practices of non-profit organizations, the unique wisdom of faith communities, a diversity of activist strategies, models of social entrepreneurship, and the traditional disciplines of theological education and pathways of congregational ministry. This is a three-year, renewable, non-tenure track position, with rank open based on experience.


Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is a progressive, multi-denominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares a diverse cadre of spiritually-rooted leaders with the vision, resilience, and skill to create a world where all can thrive. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area and adjacent to the University of California at Berkeley campus, PSR is a member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an ecumenical and interfaith consortium of seminaries, centers, and institutes. Visit the website at PSR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Courses to be taught may include classes in pastoral care and theology, practical theology, spiritual formation, and organizational care. Additional expertise in critical pedagogy, homiletics, or ethics is highly desirable. The use of technology and online instruction for courses is necessary. The faculty colleague is expected to publish creative and rigorous scholarship in a variety of formats, and to be a thought-leader in addressing issues facing communities of color, migrants, LGBTQI communities, communities that are economically disadvantaged and the environment.


Essential duties and responsibilities include participation in PSR’s community life, teaching, advising, and commitment to PSR’s innovative curriculum and educational models. As a practical theologian and faculty member involved in the formation of students and community alike, the colleague’s participation at worship and community events is important. Active participation in the life of the school as committee member, commitment to the mission of the school, and contributions to activities and events that advance the mission of the school are essential.


We are seeking candidates with a PhD or equivalent, who have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, academic excellence, creativity in teaching, community building, and meaningful connections with historically under-represented groups and institutions. Language skills in addition to English, particularly in Spanish or Korean, are highly desirable. Persons from underrepresented groups within the profession are especially encouraged to apply and will have the opportunity to participate in a cohort of minority scholars of a similar rank with the support of one of the most diverse administrative teams in the Association of Theological Schools. For more details, see


Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and three professional letters of recommendation. These materials can be sent to Professor Sharon Fennema, Pacific School of Religion by email, [email protected].


Applications are due by November 15, 2019 to be considered for preliminary interviews at the AAR/SBL meetings in San Diego in November.  Persons who apply for this position should be available for teaching in the Fall of 2020.