Job Opening: Director of Professional Formation, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO

The Iliff School of Theology invites applications for the position of Director of Professional Formation. The Director reports to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.

The Director of Professional Formation is responsible for curriculum development and pedagogical oversight of contextual/community-engaged education including internships, development of immersion program and international learning policies and faculty training, and development of faculty training and resources for contextual/community-engaged education (community-engaged pedagogy and scholarship). The Director works closely with students to guide these aspects of their education. The Director has a term faculty appointment, which includes teaching up to 8 credits in relevant areas of academic expertise, scholarship in areas relevant to the position, service to Iliff, to Church, and Community. The Director sits on the Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Council.

The Director of Professional Formation supervises the Director of Consultation & Formation, the Contextual Education Coordinator, and Internship Seminar Adjunct Faculty. The Director is the budget officer for the department; the Director supervises and collaborates with the Director of Consultation & Formation on departmental strategic planning, to build relationships with alumni, congregations, denominations, nonprofits, military, government, and business community partners—locally in Metro Denver/Colorado and nationally in high density locations of M.Div. Journey students. (Iliff’s Journey program is a modified residency distance M.Div. program.) The candidate should be committed to working with students and communities of all kinds of diversities.

The Iliff School of Theology is a United Methodist-related graduate theological school preparing students for leadership in a wide variety of vocations, including social service, community activism, chaplaincy, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, and parish ministry. Our students come from a wide variety of traditions, both Christian and non-Christian. Iliff offers a Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics; and a Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. In addition, we offer a joint Ph.D. program in the Study of Religion with the University of Denver. Iliff has a robust course offering in online, residential, and hybrid formats. Iliff is an equal opportunity employer and strives to include diversity in its faculty and teaching, including racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural diversity, and is committed to becoming a more globally conscious and globally connected community. For more information, visit us at

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D./Th.D. or equivalent degree by the time of appointment to the position. D.Min. is acceptable given other significant qualifications. Applications should include an application letter, curriculum vitae, and a sample syllabus of a course you either taught or plan to teach. For full consideration, candidates should submit all materials no later than October 15, 2017.

Please send materials electronically to the search committee chair, Dr. Theodore M. Vial, Chair, at [email protected] In addition, please have three reference letters that address academic preparation, administrative ability, and relational work with students submitted electronically to the same email address (please have persons writing reference letters write the candidate’s name in the subject line). All queries and communications should be addressed to the search chair.

The appointment to this position will begin effective June 1, 2018.

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