Homiletics Job Description FINAL 10-1-19 

Faculty Position in Homiletics

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York


Union Theological Seminary seeks applicants for an open rank appointment in homiletics. The candidates we seek to attract will articulate, in varied, creative, and collaborative ways, the significance of scripture and theology rooted in Christian tradition and the proclamation of justice (ecclesially and societally). We imagine them to be negotiators of how their expertise will relate to the regular life of the Seminary chapel, which has a long tradition of formation of ministers and social activists in the context of a progressive and interreligious school.  The position will offer possibilities for teaching a range of required and elective courses in the MDiv and MA curriculum, as well as doctoral level courses and advisement of students. Senior candidates may be eligible for the Joe R. Engle Chair in Preaching.


Successful candidates should:

  1. Have a proven track record of excellence in their field, including scholarly publication and leadership/active participation in related academic guilds.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of homiletic theory, literature, and practices across a wide range of traditions and cultures.
  3. Work collaboratively with colleagues in the Seminary’s biblical and other fields.
  4. Demonstrate a sensitive awareness and pedagogical competency in addressing race, class, gender, sexuality, abilities, and other markers of social difference, as realities that govern the shaping and communication of the theory and praxis of their discipline.
  5. Have experience within and/or willingness to engage in an interreligious seminary situated in a global and multi-religious city.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to the realities of our increasingly fragile earth and be aware of climate crisis and its challenges for local communities.
  7. Demonstrate familiarity with artistic expressions, performance, ritual and cultural studies and know how to bring these fields to bear on the work of preaching.
  8. Demonstrate familiarity with, and skills in, new communications technology and social media.
  9. Cultivate students who can speak in a significant public voice to the moral, social and theological issues of our times.

Union Theological Seminary, an equal opportunities employer, seeks a racially diverse, broadly representative faculty, that is sensitive to cross-cultural issues.


Applications should be submitted to: Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Dean of Academic Affairs, c/o Alma L. Matos, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, New York, NY. 10027. Materials may also be submitted electronically to: [email protected]. Review of applications will begin Nov. 1 and will continue until position is filled.  Initial interviews will take place at the American Academy of Religion in San Diego and the Academy of Homiletics in New Brunswick, NJ.