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University of Redlands
  • Position Number: 3910053
  • Location: Redlands, CA
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Religious Studies & Theology

The Ford Visiting Professor - San Francisco Theological Seminary, the Graduate School of Theology in the University of Redlands

San Francisco Theological Seminary, the Graduate School of Theology in the University of Redlands

The Ford Visiting Professor

Start date: 21 August 2023

Review of Applications begins 15 March 2023

San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) invites applications for a renewable one-year appointment as the Ford Visiting Professor in Practical Theology. The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree (ABD with scheduled dissertation defense in 2023 will be considered) in their discipline within the field of Practical Theology (i.e. worship, proclamation, outreach and evangelism, education, entrepreneurship, community organization, etc.). In light of the evolving changes in religious and spiritual communities, we are looking for someone who engages interdisciplinary approaches to theological education and is attuned to a variety of traditional ministry settings as well as interreligious, extra-religious, and evolving spiritual expressions. We understand Practical Theology to relate to the full range of community-facing theologies in the public sphere. We seek a scholar with a passion for developing innovative models and skills for leadership in a fast-changing religious landscape, who is keenly attentive to issues of racism, social justice, gender diversity, ecology, and other pressing social issues.

Our students are preparing for ordained ministry in the PC(USA) and other denominations, or for vocations in chaplaincy, social justice advocacy, spiritual formation and direction, non-profit and for-profit spiritual entrepreneurship, and more. SFTS offers MDiv, MATS, and DMin degrees and five certificates, taught face-to-face, online synchronously and asynchronously, in residential, hybrid, and low-residency modalities. As a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley (GTU), SFTS Masters-level courses have open cross-registration with all GTU schools and Centers, creating a vibrantly ecumenical and interfaith classroom. SFTS faculty belong to the Consortial Faculty of the GTU, and more than half of the faculty are also members of the GTU's Core Doctoral Faculty. Berkeley is an essential part of the experience of teaching and learning here. The Ford Visiting Professor will be strongly encouraged to participate in the GTU's Department of Religion and Practice.

This is a full-time position located on the Marin Campus of the University of Redlands. The Ford Visiting Professor will offer the equivalent of 24 units of teaching and service, including elective courses and courses required for ordination in the PC(USA), participate in routine faculty governance, student advising, and on-campus community life. The Ford Visiting Professor has access to on-campus faculty housing.

The University of Redlands seeks to hire a cohort of faculty who can contribute to our mission as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with strong commitments to serving Native Students, advancing an anti-racist agenda, and building an inclusive learning community for all. Candidates whose teaching and research advance the outcomes of our Latinx and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) students and broader community of inclusive excellence will be given preference and will have the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary cohort of faculty in business, education, environmental science, theology, and Armacost library.

The University invites applications from underrepresented populations without regard to race, ethnic origin, gender, color, creed, political beliefs, age, sexual orientation or gender fluidity, or national origin. The University does not discriminate against any applicant due to physical or mental disability in regard to a position for which the applicant is otherwise qualified. All applicants will be given full and equal consideration. Rank and salary commensurate with teaching experience, entry-level preferred. For additional information, see our website,

Values/Ethos of SFTS

We identify ourselves as a progressive Protestant/Presbyterian educational community, enriched by ecumenical openness and hospitality. We are committed to creating an ethos with these features:
  • Critical thinking and conscientization. We believe that dedication to scholarship contributes to our ability to skillfully work for systemic change and for a more just world.
  • Appreciation of pluralism within and beyond Christianity. Christianity is inwardly diverse and related to non-Christian cultures and religions. Foundational knowledge includes not only cutting-edge scholarship in history, theology, and biblical studies but also complex awareness of the diverse ways Christians have understood themselves throughout history. We invite students into knowledge of and relationship to other religious traditions, global Christianity, racial and ethnic diversity, and diverse expressions of gender and sexuality.
  • Cross-disciplinary conversations. The study of Christian faith has been at its best when it is in conversation with the learning of the broader culture. We engage conversations across disciplines, including natural and social sciences, literature and the arts, philosophy, and critical theory.
  • Transformation. We engage in spiritual practices and pastoral skills that integrate interior transformation, community building, and compassionate and just world engagement.

The University of Redlands is fortunate to have the opportunity to hire a cohort of faculty with support from endowed positions. The University of Redlands encourages and will give preference to applicants for these positions who can contribute to our mission as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with strong commitments to serving Native Students, advancing an anti-racist agenda, and building an inclusive learning community for all. Candidates who can connect their research to advancing the outcomes of our Latinx and broader BIPOC learners and community members will be given preference and will have the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary cohort of new hires in business, environmental science, theology, and the humanities.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

Working Conditions:

Standard office and field setting. Duties performed are primarily in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer workstation or in meetings. At least minimal environmental controls to assure health and comfort. Must be willing and able to travel (domestic and international) and to work non-traditional hours including nights and weekends, as required.

Physical Demands:

Incumbents regularly sit for long periods; walk short distances on a regular basis; travel to various locations to attend meetings and conduct work; use hands and fingers to operate an electronic keyboard or other office machines; reach with hands and arms; stoop or kneel or crouch to file; speak clearly and distinctly to answer telephones and to provide information; see to read fine print and operate computer; hear and understand voices over telephone and in person; and lift, carry and/or move objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

TO APPLY: A resume/CV, three (3) reference letters and cover letter are required. In compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act, if selected for the interview process and accommodations are needed, please call (909) 748-8040.

HIRING RANGE: Anticipated hiring range is near or at the minimum of the classification, commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training. The University of Redlands is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Hiring Range. Placement within the Hiring Range is determined by internal equity, and relevant qualifications.

DRIVER'S LICENSE CHECK: Possession of a valid Driver's License is required for certain positions. Employees in positions that require a valid Driver's License will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMS: For certain positions typically in Public Safety, Facilities, Athletics and Information Technology Services departments, employment is contingent upon a candidate passing a pre-employment physical exam with the ability to lift in excess of 50 lbs. Public Safety Officers, in addition to a pre-employment physical exam, will also be required to pass a psychological evaluation.

INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19: New employees are required to submit proof of having received the full course dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine including a booster or submit an exemption request for medical or religious reasons within sixty (60) days from your date of hire.

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