Endowed Faculty Chair for Distinguished Ministry in Pastoral Care -- Assistant Rank, Tenure Eligible

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) invites applications and nominations for a tenure-eligible position in ministerial arts with expertise in pastoral care at the assistant professor rank. The person selected will hold the John H. Tietjen Chair of Distinguished Ministry. Responsibilities in addition to teaching will include the roles of Director of the MDiv and MA Programs and leadership in ELCA Candidacy. 


We seek an early career scholar and gifted teacher who connects the academy and the church, draws students into the task of caring for souls, and seeks wholeness within individuals, congregations, and communities. A secondary competency in racial/ethnic-specific, queer, or feminist/ womanist/mujerista methodologies would be an asset, as would the ability to speak Spanish. 

The successful candidate will teach foundational and elective Master’s level courses in pastoral care and ministerial arts, possess an integrated understanding of theological education, be able to assess and give constructive feedback for final Clinical Pastoral Education evaluations, have competency in trauma studies, and contribute to our Public Church curriculum. Ability to teach in distance and online modalities is required. Candidates should also be eager to engage with the pastoral and formational processes of candidates preparing for ministry -- ordained and lay. 

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. 

To Apply

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 scholarly, pedagogical, and antiracism commitments and how they intersect with LSTC’s Public Church curriculum and diverse classroom; 2) the personal, communal, intercultural, and intersectional aspects of your commitments in pastoral care; and 3) your anticipated publication and research trajectory. All materials should be submitted via the application portal.

Questions may be addressed to choth@lstc.edu. Please submit applications by December 31, 2022.  


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.