Job Opening: Educational Ministry, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

Faculty Position in Educational Ministry

Columbia Theological Seminary, a graduate educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), invites applications for a faculty position in Educational Ministry. The position is tenure-track, open rank. Applicants must have a PhD or EdD in Educational Ministry or related field. The position includes teaching in all programs of the seminary, including residential and online basic and advanced degree courses and life-long learning programs, with a start date of July 1, 2017. Columbia seeks to appoint a faculty member to the Practical Theology area who is committed to theological education, with demonstrated excellence as a scholar and teacher. Nominations welcome. Applicants send a cover letter with a CV and the names of three references to: Dr. Christine Roy Yoder, Interim Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Educational Ministry Search Committee, P.O. Box 520, Decatur, Georgia, 30031, or by email at [email protected], or by FAX to 404-687-4575. Columbia Seminary is an EO/AA employer seeking a diverse work force.

Position Description

Columbia is leading the work of training resilient, imaginative leaders in educational ministry. We offer two degrees that allow students to concentrate in this area (MAPT, DEdMin), and are one of only a few seminaries to offer the DEdMin. We are looking for a strong educator and scholar to join us in the important work of preparing people whose vocational interests are in educational ministry.

  • Responsibilities
  1. To teach in all programs of the seminary, including residential and online basic and advanced degree courses and life-long learning programs. Subspecialties may includeyouth and young adults, intergenerational education, older adults, and/or faith formation.
  2. To engage in research and writing in the area of educational ministry, and share the fruits of that research with the academy and church through publishing, speaking, and teaching.
  3. To advise students, particularly in the MAPT, dual MDiv/MAPT, and DEdMin programs for registration and vocational purposes.
  4. To work collegially with Practical Theology colleagues across Columbia’s degree programs.
  5. To fulfill general responsibilities as a member of the CTS faculty, including participation in the life of the seminary community, the church, and society.

Faculty Rank

Tenure track, rank depends on qualifications and experience.

Institutional Accountability

The professor in this position reports directly to the Dean of the Faculty, and serves as a member of the Practical Theology Area.


  • Educationa theological Masters degree, and a PhD or EdD in Educational Ministry or related field.
  • Open to ordained and non-ordained candidates. 

Desired Qualities

  • Commitment to modeling and teaching equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Training and experience in a wide array of teaching methodologies.
  • Excellent teaching and communication skills.
  • Commitment to ecumenical, intercultural, and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Educational ministry experience in and beyond the church.
  • Affiliation with an ecclesial body.

Physical demands:  Although physical limitations for this position can be accommodated, the job’s physical demands can include but are not limited to intermittent sitting, standing, stooping, crouching, walking, and lifting of items up to 50 lbs.  Work is performed in an office environment and campus wide.

Disclaimer:  The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.

Columbia Theological Seminary is an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a community of theological inquiry and formation committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ.  Established in the Reformed tradition, we are an ecumenical school hosting a large table for people of all denominational backgrounds.



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