Job Opening: Homiletics, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago welcomes applications and nominations for a tenure-eligible position at the assistant professor rank with primary teaching responsibilities in the area of preaching, appointment beginning in the fall semester of 2018. The person appointed to this position will be installed in the Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair of Homiletics and will join a faculty committed to a lively engagement between the church and the life of the world.

The successful candidate will have a solid record in the teaching and practice of preaching, and possess a compelling research agenda in the area of preaching or a related field (e.g. bible, practical theology, etc.). Active involvement in the church is an essential criterion, with preferential consideration given to ministers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its ecumenical partners. LSTC seeks to foster gender, racial-ethnic and international diversity within its faculty. Women and representatives of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include teaching courses in preaching and other areas of expertise; preparing and advising students in candidacy for rostered ministry in the ELCA and in other church bodies; and working with students in all degree programs, including the ecumenical DMin and ACTS DMin in Preaching Program. This seminary values a collegial and collaborative approach to teaching, governance, and community life. Active involvement in the worship life of the seminary is an expectation of this position.

LSTC is committed to producing culturally competent ministerial leaders for the public church.  We affirm that diversity is necessary in all components of the school, including its theological curriculum and faculty. Candidates should ordinarily hold an academic doctorate, with demonstrated promise for research and publication, as well as teaching.  Spanish-speaking ability will be considered an asset.

Please send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of up to 1,000 words describing: 1) your scholarly and pedagogical commitments, 2) how you would engage the community and context of LSTC, including its Public Church curriculum and diverse learning environments, and 3) your understanding of Lutheran emphases of preaching and other ministries of the Word.

All materials should be submitted electronically to Dr. Christine Wenderoth, chair of the search committee, at [email protected] by November 22, 2017.

About LSTC
The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.  To learn more, visit

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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