Associate Professor in the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to submit applications for the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies. This is a tenure-track faculty position that will begin August 2022. Applications will be accepted until December 3, 2021.
To apply, please follow the web link below to view the full job posting and submit all required materials:

Qualified candidates will hold an earned Ph. D. (from an institutionally accredited university or equivalent) in preaching, pastoral ministry, or another specialized area in the practice of Christian ministry, as well as have demonstrated effective teaching experience and scholarship appropriate for appointment at the level of Associate Professor They will also be Baptists (active members of a Baptist church at the time of application) with a minimum of 7 years of experience in pastoral ministry. Required qualifications will also include at least 18 graduate credit hours in biblical studies. Preference will be given to candidates with significant experience of mentoring young people in ministry. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in multiple cultures. Ability to teach Christian Theology preferred. Candidates must be comfortable mentoring students who come from a variety of Christian denominations and traditions. Candidates must affirm the Baptist Faith and Message of 1963, including the preface and without added interpretation (see Samford Faculty Handbook section A5.1 for full information). Candidates must also be committed to promoting the study of biblical, theological, and religious studies as a central academic pursuit in the university and as valuable to the intellectual, vocational, and spiritual maturation of students. Preference will be given to candidates who show promise for helping the department strengthen its ties with churches of the Alabama Baptist State Convention as well as other churches from which the department draws its students. The successful candidate will normally teach multiple sections of the University’s required Biblical Foundations course each year, as well as lower- and upper-level courses in practical ministry. Due to the administrative roles mentioned below, the teaching load for this position is 2-2. Duties include mentoring and advising students as well as service to the department, college, and university.

The successful candidate will also take on the roles of Director of the Preministerial Scholars Program and Director of Samford Sunday. The Preministerial Scholars Program entails mentoring undergraduate students who have discerned or are discerning a call to ministry, through small groups, retreats, personal mentoring, and the supervision of internships; this role will include some summer duties. The Director of the Preministerial Scholars program supervises a half-time PreMinisterial Scholars coordinator. The Samford Sunday program provides opportunities for students to preach in Birmingham area churches through networking with regional Baptist associations. The Director of the Samford Sunday program supervises a part-time student coordinator of the Samford Sunday program.