George Fox University - Faculty
  • 02-Sep-2021 to Until Filled (PST)
  • Portland Seminary
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Portland Seminary of George Fox University announces a tenure track faculty position in Leadership & Pastoral Studies, to begin on August 15, 2022.

Rank: Assistant Professor, but open to exceptionally qualified candidates at the Associate level.

George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Professors teach all truth as God's truth, integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ, bringing the divine revelations through sense, reason, and intuition to the confirming test of Scripture. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University is an institution that values diversity as an essential dimension of God's design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our faculty.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Teaching
  2. Teach general and specialized courses in leadership, formation and practical studies on the Master's level.
  3. Teach/serve as Project faculty in the Doctoral programs.
  4. Scholarship
  5. Demonstrate capability to connect academic practical studies discourse and the vibrant life of the church.
  6. Engage in public dissemination of research in relation to practical studies disciplines and spiritual formation in the context of congregational leadership.
  7. Service
  8. Participate in the ongoing support of the seminary and university programs and curriculum.
  9. Support the relationship between the seminary/university and ecclesial communities.
  10. Serve on faculty committees, participate in the life of the university and seminary community, provide academic advisement to students, and engage in other duties associated with fulltime faculty members.


  • All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony in a local church. In addition, professors agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith.
  • A PhD or D.Min in a field related to practical studies and pastoral theology, or a related field such as organizational leadership.
  • Evidence of the ability to lead, design and implement transformation within a larger system, such as a congregation or a non-profit organization is essential.
  • Candidates with additional training and expertise in Spiritual Formation training are preferred.
  • Teaching experience and commitment to support online and hybrid course delivery at the graduate level is preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to mentoring and guiding persons who are called to serve the church or other ministry contexts.
  • Demonstration of engaging in practical studies scholarship such as pastoral conference presentations and accessible publications.
  • Commitment to training both women and men as pastors and ministry leaders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the university's statement on diversity:
  • All candidates must have legal authority to permanently work in the US.

Salary and Rank

Appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated, though candidates with significant teaching experience at previous institutions may be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor. Salary and benefits are competitive with comparable institutions.

Application Procedures – apply only through this website

  • When completing the on-line application, please send cover letter and CV.
  • Please also submit an essay on "Leadership Development: How are Christian Leaders Formed and Equipped?" and an essay on "Leading Change" - describe your philosophy, process, and experience with leading systemic change in your ministry context. The essays should each be between 500-1000 words.
  • Application review will begin on January 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Questions may be directed to: MaryKate Morse, Executive Dean of the Seminary at

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