Faculty Position in Christian Worship and Director of Worship Life
Since its founding in 1866, Pacific School of Religion (PSR) has served as a multi-denominational Christian seminary. PSR stands at a remarkable crossroads of faith and learning communities. PSR has formal relationships with three denominations: the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Half of PSR’s students come from these three traditions. Other PSR students come from faith traditions as diverse as Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and several other mainline denominations and new religious movements.
PSR participates in the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an ecumenical consortium of nine theological schools. PSR students use the GTU's Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, one of the largest theological libraries in the United States. PSR is located one block away from the University of California, Berkeley, where students have access to resources of one of the world's great research universities. For more information about PSR, please visit our website at http://www.psr.edu.
General Job Summary
This three-year position (with possibility of renewable upon successful review) provides leadership in the field of worship and worship life at Pacific School of Religion for a diverse faculty and student body. The successful candidate will be expected to teach two introductory classes in Christian Worship: one semester in practicum (denominational, interreligious, emerging liturgical expression and skill development); and one semester in the histories, theologies and practices of worship to an ecumenical student body. One half-time will be spent leading and directing campus worship life as one dimension of students’ spiritual formation and community life experience, including: supervising other worship staff, music director, and the coordinators of weekly chapel services and other communal worship activities.
Persons from underrepresented groups within the profession are especially encouraged to apply. As a PSR faculty member, s/he will be expected to carry out responsibilities such as student advising, committee work, and attend faculty meetings, community events, and public relations activities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
introductory classes in the histories, theologies and practices of worship to
an ecumenical (primarily Protestant) body of students;
weekly chapel and other worship services designed to meet the needs of PSR’s
music director and other chapel and worship coordinators;
in PSR community life as a member of the faculty involved in teaching,
scholarship, student advising, and community service;
with faculty and staff to shape spiritual formation of students;
collaborations with other faculty that relate to spiritual and vocational
formation and leadership development;
opportunities for the development of creative teaching, including the use of
newer technologies and on-line instruction;
MDiv, MTS, DMin and GTU MA and PhD students;
out the responsibilities listed in the Faculty Manual. These include research,
advising, attending professional meetings, community events, and public
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Holds the Ph.D. or its equivalent in the field of Christian Worship or in theology or church history with significant experience in worship leadership and planning worship;
- Scholarly work consistent with rank;
- A competent teacher who demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching persons who will exercise ministry as their vocation and with a depth of understanding about the various ways learning takes place, open to ideas and resources such as:
- various pedagogical styles, especially the use of new information technologies, for teaching and learning;
- diverse traditions, including regional and ethnic perspectives and histories of women and minorities;
- the relationship between education, ethics, bible, preaching, worship and the arts, theology, and spirituality;
- Commitment to excellence in teaching and an active scholarly agenda;• Demonstrates an understanding of the contextual and cross-cultural dimensions of worship;
- Is engaged in interdisciplinary conversation, and demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to diversity in teaching and research;
- Readiness to affirm PSR’s ecumenical and Christian heritage and commitment as an open and affirming community that honors diversity and presses toward racial, gender, sexual orientation and economic justice;
- Person of faith with strong connections to a faith community;
- Understands worship as both focal and formative for our spiritual practice, moral education, good health and pastoral care;
- Ability to build good relationships with and among faculty, students, staff, trustees, and wider public including community building, organizing, and networking;
- Skilled communicator with sensitivity to diverse perspectives;
- Ability to think critically, to write and speak clearly, to administer effectively, and to balance conflicting demands and interests;
- Approachability and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others.
Compensation Package: Includes family medical, dental and vision insurance, employer contribution to 403(b) retirement account, free parking, an extraordinary & committed team of colleagues, and beautiful park-like campus in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Applications are due by 1 November 2013. Review of all applications will begin 15 November 2013.
Persons who apply for this position should be available for teaching in the Fall of 2014. Untenured rank is negotiable depending on experience and other qualifications. Salary will be
based on PSR guidelines. The PSR faculty is committed to continued oversight of its diversity.
Candidates should submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, curriculum vitae, sample syllabus for an introduction to worship class, and three letters of reference to:
Dr. Bernard Schlager
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709-1323
PSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer