The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) invites applications and nominations for a tenure-eligible position in New Testament, with competence in Queer Hermeneutics, at the assistant or associate professor rank.
LSTC understands New Testament studies to be a theological as well as a historical discipline that interprets the New Testament in its own historical milieu as a resource for the life and work of the church today. We seek an early or mid-career scholar and gifted teacher who connects the academy and the church, draws students into the task of relating biblical texts to Christian life and ministry in the world, and employs critical hermeneutical methodologies that draw out the relation of sacred texts to living questions.
Expertise in historical-critical and literary methods is necessary, as is demonstrated competence in queer hermeneutics. A related scholarly expertise such as Greco-Roman life and literature, biblical archaeology, Second Temple Judaism or Patristics/early church history is desired. Competence in racial/ethnic specific, or feminist/ womanist/mujerista hermeneutics, ecological hermeneutics, or Spanish-speaking ability will be considered an asset.
In a theological seminary whose mission includes vocational formation, responsibilities include:
- Teaching foundational and elective Master’s level and PhD courses in New Testament and Greek, including core courses in Gospels, Pauline epistles, and Biblical Greek.
- Supervising PhD dissertation research, demonstrating an integrated understanding of theological education, and participating in our Public Church curriculum.
- Utilizing distance and online instructional modalities as a regular and enriching part of the seminary’s educational outreach.
- Engaging with the pastoral and formational processes of candidates preparing for ministry, ordained and lay.
- Participating actively in a learning community committed to antiracism and the mutual support, accountability, encouragement, and empowerment of one another’s work.
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. Active involvement in the church, including the worship life of the seminary, is an essential criterion. LSTC seeks to foster gender, racial-ethnic, and international diversity within its faculty. Applicants should therefore demonstrate an explicit commitment to antiracism and openness to prioritize training in antiracism. Women and representatives of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates should hold an academic doctorate, with demonstrated promise for research and publication, as well as teaching.
Please submit a letter of application, CV, names and contact information for three references, and a statement of up to 1,000 words describing: 1) your NT scholarly, pedagogical, and antiracism commitments and how they intersect with LSTC’s Public Church curriculum and diverse classroom; 2) how you engage with Lutheran interpretations of the New Testament, while empowering all students to draw from the wisdom of their particular traditions and of our ecumenical and inter-religious world; 3) your anticipated publication and research trajectory.
All materials should be submitted through this application portal by December 31, 2022.
Any questions may be addressed to Dr. Barbara Rossing, chair of the search committee, at NTsearch@lstc.edu.
About the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
The Lutheran School of Theology, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty members provide resources for church and academy through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice. To learn more visit www.lstc.edu.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.