Assistant Professor, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Full Time, Tenure Track

Job Title:Assistant Professor, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Full Time, Tenure Track
Reports To: Chair – Counseling Division
Pay: $58,000 – $68,000

General Statement of Job Function

Counseling Division faculty in this position play an essential role in Denver Seminary’s academic mission by contributing excellent teaching, outstanding rigorous academic work, student mentoring, spiritual modeling, and institutional service as needed. Faculty (tenure track) in the Counseling Division typically teach 18 credit hours of graduate courses per academic year and are eligible for rank advancement. Faculty will be required to contribute productively to public or peer-reviewed scholarship in their appropriate discipline to align with the faculty member’s professional goals as outlined in the Faculty Handbook. In the area of scholarship, Counseling Division faculty on this track are expected to make ongoing progress in academic production and presentation. Other duties may be assigned in place of teaching to constitute a full load. This position is a twelve-month renewable agreement.

Essential Functions

  • Maintain a course load that includes courses primarily in the MDiv (Chaplaincy Concentration and MDiv (Pastoral Care Concentration), with some other potential coursework in the Counseling Division.
  • Prepare course syllabi and submit copies of the syllabi to the appropriate departments in a timely fashion.
  • Prepare and deliver teaching content, course materials, and exams in the appropriate modality for assigned courses.
  • Grade exams and required assignments and submit final grades to Registrar in a timely manner.
  • Communicate with students who need assistance with the course and be available each week for student questions and concerns.
  • Advise students on academic matters and refer questions as needed to the Registrar or appropriate department.
  • Attend faculty meetings, forums, retreats, Convocation, graduations, and other events as required.
  • Serve on faculty committees as assigned by the Academic Dean.
  • Hold membership in, and participate in, professional organizations.
  • Teach curriculum in multiple modalities, including distance learning formats.



  • PhD, EdD, or DMin. in a relevant area to coursework noted above (i.e., Chaplaincy, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Counseling, or related field)
  • Theological training and experience (preferably at the master’s or doctoral level)
  • ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education, and/or pastoral counseling, and/or pastoral care supervision experience and training
  • Graduate level teaching experience
  • Knowledge and teaching skills commensurate with working in an accredited Seminary including the ability to integrate faith and practice
  • Excellent collegiality and collaborative skills
  • A record of publications/presentations with the promise of ongoing scholarly productivity
  • Evidence of membership and active participation in appropriate professional organizations


  • Experience teaching MA level courses
  • Ability to teach across multiple modalities
  • Cross-cultural experience Relevant experience and ability to teach courses in at least two of the following areas:
    • ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education
    • Pastoral Care
    • Practical Counseling Skills
    • Theory and Practice of Worship
  • ACPE Certified Educator, or current, ongoing work and progress as a Certified Educator Candidate in ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Experience teaching education in ACPE CPE certified coursework in higher education
  • Engaging, passionate, and motivated teaching approach

Denver Seminary prepares men and women to engage the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the Gospel and the life-changing truth of Scripture. Through our educational programs and mentoring process, the Seminary challenges students to grow spiritually, intellectually, and professional in order to lead God’s people in the accomplishment of His mission in the world. The position of Teaching Faculty, regarded as a minister of the Gospel, supports this mission by:


  • Committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a lifestyle consistent with the Seminary’s Community Values and Behavioral Commitments.
  • Commitment to the local church.
  • Agreement with Denver Seminary’s Statement of Faith and Statement on Human Sexuality.
  • Willingness to support the Seminary’s Mission, Vision, and Core Commitments.


  • Meet Student Learning Outcomes pertaining to courses taught.
  • Meet ATS, HLC, ACPE, and seminary standards for readings, seat time, and all other class requirements for residential, on-line, or modified courses.

Typical Physical Demands and Working Conditions

Normal office working conditions including computer usage; may require occasional standing, walking, long periods of sitting, climb stairs, balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Denver Seminary is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence in all areas of ministry and operations.

Application Process

This is a 12-month renewable position that begins July 1, 2023. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the attention of Dr. Ron Welch at

Please do NOT send transcripts, letters of recommendation, or credential files. Full applications will be requested of promising candidate.

Pay Range: Assistant: $58,000 – $68,000 Actual compensation offer to candidate will be based upon prior experience, skill level, tenure track status, and budget.