California Lutheran University

Lecturer in New Testament (full-time, non-tenure track)

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Position Category: Faculty

FLSA: Exempt

FTE: .75

Location: Berkeley

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) of California Lutheran University, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, CA, invites applicants for the full-time position of Lecturer in New Testament Studies beginning August 2021. This non-tenure-track full-time position is renewable on an annual basis. In addition to the primary teaching areas of New Testament scholarship and Greek, secondary teaching areas may include early Christian history, pastoral care, or constructive theology. The lecturer is also expected to contribute to the life of the PLTS community via committee service, advising, and worship leadership. While the position centers in the seminary’s residential teaching program, the lecturer should have facility to engage in online pedagogy.

Representative Duties:

  • Teach foundational and elective Master’s level courses in New Testament in the ecumenical and interreligious GTU.
  • Teach foundational and elective Master’s level courses in Greek in the ecumenical and interreligious GTU.
  • Teach in online modalities.
  • To engage with the pastoral and formational processes of candidates preparing for ministry, ordained and lay.
  • There is the possibility of teaching in the Ph.D. program of the GTU, contingent on time restrictions and invitation of the Core Doctoral Faculty.

Knowledge of:

  • Teaching in online modalities.
  • Integrated understanding of different aspects of theological education

Ability To:

  • Work with colleagues in all aspects of graduate professional theological education
  • Engage in continuing education in an ecumenical setting
  • Connect the academy and the church,
  • Draw students into the task of relating biblical texts to Christian life and ministry in the world,
  • Employ critical hermeneutical methodologies that draw out the relation of sacred texts to living questions found in contemporary contexts.

Minimum Qualifications:

Because the seminary and university aspire to become leaders among their peer institutions in making meaningful and lasting progress responding to the needs and concerns of racial/ethnic minorities, we seek candidates who can mentor African-American or Latino(a) students and are able to teach courses that deepen student and faculty awareness regarding power dynamics related to race/ethnicity. ABD candidates for a Ph.D. in New Testament will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in New Testament.
  • Spanish-speaking ability will be considered an asset.

Working Environment: Indoor classroom and online.

Posting Number: Faculty000242020

Desired Start Date: 08/23/2021

Open Until Filled: No

Application Procedure/Special Instructions:

Applications will be received until January 15, 2021.

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy / Equity Statement: A statement of up to 1000 words describing how the candidate’s teaching and advising would:
    1. mentor especially BIPOC students;
    2. deepen student and faculty awareness regarding power dynamics related to race/ethnicity/gender/ecology;
    3. engage a diversity of pedagogical practices, including online teaching;
    4. prepare leaders for the church, academy, and broader society;
    5. engage with interpretations of the New Testament widely attributed to Lutheranism while empowering all students to draw from the wisdom and distinctiveness of their particular traditions.
  • Research Statement: This 1-page statement should discuss the candidate’s current and future research interests.
  • Reference Letters: Three reference letters, ideally addressing the candidate’s experiences and disposition to work with and attract underrepresented students. (Please note you will submit the names and emails; and, we will obtain the letters)

For more information, please contact Dr. Kirsi Stjerna (Chair of the NT Search Committee) at

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California Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment for all persons, regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by applicable law. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program, activity or facility of the University on the basis of these factors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University’s policies, procedures, and processes. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process can be provided to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information or to request an accommodation.

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Last updated: 2021-01-17