Bethany Seeks Peace Studies Faculty Member

Bethany Theological Seminary has launched a national search for a new faculty member to teach Peace Studies, along with a secondary area of emphasis in support of the Seminary’s educational mission.

Rank is open and candidates with a PhD in hand are preferred. (Candidates who are in the process of completing their dissertations will be considered.) 

While the primary focus of this position will be courses in Peace Studies, the successful candidate will be able to offer courses in another area of expertise, which complements and expands the Seminary’s degree and certificate programs. Various fields of study that could supplement Bethany’s Peace Studies curriculum include: theology and culture, theopoetics, social justice work, spirituality, history of Christianity, intercultural theology, intersectional theology, and ecological theology.  

Other duties will include: student advising, supervision of MA theses in the area of Peace Studies as needed, serving on at least one major institutional committee annually, participating in the recruitment of new students through interviews and informal contacts, regular participation in faculty meetings and other campus events, and opportunities for speaking engagements within the Church of the Brethren and other settings. Commitment to the mission and values of the Seminary is essential.  

“This is an exciting time of growth and new opportunities at Bethany,” notes Dr. Steve Schweitzer, academic dean. “The Peace Studies faculty position is integral to our Anabaptist and Radical Pietist witness, and has long been an area of strength with global recognition. We are excited to engage with candidates and see what new perspectives and scholarly approaches they may bring to Bethany, contributing courses across our various degree and certificate programs.” 

The Seminary specifically encourages applications from women, African-Americans, Latinx, and other ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the seminary professorate. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2022. 

The search anticipates the retirements of two longtime faculty members — Dr. Scott Holland and Dr. Kendall Rogers. Dr. Holland, who directs the peace studies program, will retire from full-time teaching at the end of this academic year, but will continue to teach courses in theopoetics. Dr. Rogers, who teaches historical studies,  will retire at the end of the 2022-23 academic year. 

Full information about this faculty position can be found here.