Position Title:  Faculty in Practical Theology and Youth and Family Ministries

Position Tracking Number: F168

School/College: School of Theology

Department:  Department of Practical Theology

Location: Azusa Campus



About APU:

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. As a leading Christian university in California, Azusa Pacific University grounds rigorous academics on a solid spiritual foundation. With an intentional focus on scholarship, faith integration, diversity, and internationalization, APU provides high-quality academic programs within a tight-knit community of disciples and scholars. APU is honored to have earned the status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) for another year. This is a federal designation, granted to universities based on the percentage of Latino students enrolled and the quality of services provided. APU is 1 of only 7 Coalition of Christian Colleges & Universities institutions and 291 schools nationwide to earn this designation. APU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral University, recognizing APU’s high level of research activity. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional locations across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.




We invite applications for a faculty position in the Department of Practical Theology in the Undergraduate Division of Religion and Philosophy beginning in August 2020.  Applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged.



Practical Theology, Youth and Family Ministries, and/or Christian Ministries.  The desired faculty member will demonstrate clear familiarity with the multidisciplinary nature of practical theology.  In addition, they will possess both academic training and practical experience related to youth ministry and/or Christian ministry in a faith community or non-profit organization.



  • Teaching (4/4)
  • Research and Publication
  • Department and Committee Assignments
  • Student Advising
  • May be needed to work at alternative Regional Campuses or Sites.



Assistant Professor or higher rank depending on experience


Qualifications:  Terminal degree completed in practical theology or other relevant theological discipline from an accredited academic institution. Demonstrated teaching excellence. Interest and engagement in scholarly research expected. Bilingual communication skills desired.



Demonstrated ability teaching in an undergraduate setting with substantial ministry experience in a local faith community or non-profit organization.  Theology informed by the broad Wesleyan tradition and willingness to engage students from that perspective.


Workload:  Full-time


Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
  • Ability to think and communicate theologically
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
  • Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Ability to appropriately balance and apply personal strengths as a member of a team.



Additional Information:

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University’s Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe), to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.


Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.


Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities
are encouraged to apply.


Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.


Application Procedure:

To apply, visit http://www.apu.edu/cp/employment/. Review of applications will begin January 17, 2019, and the position will remain open until filled.