Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
WFH Flexible
Job Type

Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), a multifaith graduate theological school, invites applications for a full-time Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. This position has a non-renewable, three-year term (pending successful annual performance reviews). The starting date is July 1, 2024 (an earlier start date is negotiable), and the termination date is June 30, 2027. This position is hybrid (i.e., some regular, on campus presence is required as determined by the President and the Vice-President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean). 

The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs provides academic administration for Chicago Theological Seminary, including support for the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean (VPAA/AD), the faculty, and significant operational support for academic programs (e.g., coordinating records, compiling minutes, and drafting correspondence for Academic Council and Faculty Caucus meetings and processing invoices related to academic programs).

In collaboration with VPAA/AD, the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs plays a major role in coordinating the annual and ten-year reporting to CTS’s accreditors: the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission, as well as facilitating CTS’s ongoing accreditation for online learning through the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). 

The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs is a key liaison between the Department of Academic Affairs and other seminary departments, programs, initiatives, and task forces. Accordingly, active participation in a diverse array of seminary committee is required as approved by the VPAA/AD and President. The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs supervises the Director of Field Education, the Faculty Office Assistant, and any student workers, as well as assisting the VPAA/AD in coordinating the adjunct faculty hiring process, including onboarding, communication, and payments. The Assistant Dean also functions as the seminary’s Director of Student Learning and Assessment.

A master’s degree and at least two years of relevant administrative experience (preferably in higher education) are required. Adjunct (i.e., non-tenure-track) faculty status is negotiable for a candidate with a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD or DMin) who is offered the job. A candidate afforded adjunct faculty status will teach one or two courses (at the master’s, DMin, and/or Ph.D. level) each academic year with the approval of the VPAA/AD. Interdisciplinary work and intersections with CTS’s commitments concerning race, gender, class, and diversity in religious and sexual identity are encouraged, as are contributions to our formal concentrations in Interreligious Engagement, the Study of Black Faith and Life, LGBTQ+ Studies, and Chaplaincy Studies. 

Candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and the names and complete contact information for three persons who can provide letters of recommendation, along with their application. For fullest consideration, applications should be submitted by February 16, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The goal is to have a candidate selected by April, 2024. A seminary of the United Church of Christ with an ecumenical faculty and student body, Chicago Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity, Open and Affirming employer.



Chicago Theological Seminary does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination or harassment, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in matters of employment or admissions or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.

NOTE: This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.