Assistant Professor of Training and Mentoring
General Statement of Job Function
Training and Mentoring faculty serve the curricular whole-life formation process which is integrative, context-based, collaborative, and student-directed within intentional mentoring relationships. A Mentoring Professor is an expert in adult learning theory with competencies in Christian formation, theology and experience in coaching and practical ministry experience. Mentoring Professors provide teaching, reflection and assessment for students’ character and professional theological field education. This faculty member teaches the equivalent of 24 credit hours of graduate courses per academic year and is eligible for rank advancement. In the area of scholarship, TM faculty on this track are expected to remain current in their discipline relevant to the area of andragogy and to advance knowledge in either public or peer-reviewed contexts which align with the faculty member’s professional goals and as outlined in the Faculty Handbook. Other duties may be assigned in place of teaching in order to make up a full load, but these non-teaching duties usually constitute no more than one-third of the faculty member’s load.
- Prepare course syllabus in a timely manner. • Prepare course syllabus in a timely manner.
- Prepare and deliver teaching content, course materials and evaluate students for assigned courses
- Grade required assignments and submit final grades to Registrar in a timely manner.
- Work with students to identify appropriate, whole-life mentors for tutelage in growth in character.
- Work with students to identify mentors and experiential learning contexts in which to practice professional skills (field education).
- Maintain online course management site(s) (Moodle) for assigned students/courses.
- Function within the Training and Mentoring curriculum as an adaptive, collaborative and generous partner in academic curriculum design and fulfillment, goal creation, evaluation and improvements.
- Serve on seminary committees as assigned by the Provost/Dean.
- Remain current in scholarship of the disciplines relevant to the andragogy: mentoring, adult learning and development, germane theology and biblical studies, practical ministry, Christian formation and business/leadership.
- Committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a lifestyle consistent with Denver Seminary’s Community Values and Behavioral Commitments
- Agreement with Denver Seminary’s statement of faith
- Graduate-level theological degree
- Teaching experience in higher education or knowledge and teaching skills commensurate with working in an accredited seminary including the ability to integrate faith and practice
- Minimum of five years full-time professional experience in church, non-profit or for-profit contexts; a variety of experiences are preferred
- Personal experience in mentoring and an understanding of the process and practice of mentoring
- Excellent collegiality and collaborative skills
- Expertise in training or coaching others to successfully assess and grow in their readiness and capacity for growth as a life-long learner
- Familiarity with the distinctives and skills needed in a variety of contexts of Christian professional work
- Full-time professional experience in pastoral ministry a plus
- Experience teaching students how to discern, develop, manage and reflect on self-directed learning goals focused on character and professional skill development
- Experience working among diverse populations; excellent bi-lingual skills a plus
- Oriented to collaborative teamwork
- Above average interpersonal communication skills: ability to listen, encourage, challenge, suggest creative opportunities and solutions, intervene, and manage and resolve conflict
- Proven speaking, writing and editing skills with a capacity to write for publication
- Expert administration of details, correspondence and records
- Capacity to learn the use of databases, online learning tools, virtual classrooms, video presentations
- Willingness to support female and male students in preparation for all forms of work, including pastoral ministry (pulpit teaching, pastoral care, leadership, etc.)
- Capacity to work with and support students from a wide variety of denominations and traditions
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:
- Meeting Student Learning Outcomes pertaining to courses taught
- Meeting ATS and HLC 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.
This is a 12-month renewable position that begins January 1, 2022. The candidate must fully support Denver Seminary’s Statement of Faith, Mission, Vision, Core Commitments and Community Values and Behavioral Commitment. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the attention of Professor Debra Anderson at FacultySearch@denverseminary.edu.
Please do NOT send transcripts, letters of recommendation, or credential files. Full applications will be requested of promising candidate.
Pay Range: $56,400 – $65,000. Actual compensation offer to candidate will be based upon prior experience, skill level, tenure track status, and budget.