California Lutheran University — Rector, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

California Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) invite applications and nominations for the position of Rector of PLTS. Cal Lutheran and PLTS completed a legal merger in January 2014, and on completion of the merger the Seminary maintained the name Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University. As the President’s primary representative of the Seminary with external agencies, the Rector will report to Cal Lutheran’s Vice President of Mission and Identity and work alongside with the Dean of PLTS, who reports to Cal Lutheran’s Provost. The Rector, who will be an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will oversee the life and administration of the Seminary on the Berkeley campus.

PLTS offers the M.Div. and M.T.S. degrees, as well as a number of certificates. PLTS is a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an ecumenical and interfaith consortium of eight seminaries and nine research centers, with a cross-registration system allowing students to enroll in courses across the consortium. A joint M.A. is offered through the GTU, and PLTS provides core doctoral faculty for the Ph.D. program which is granted through the GTU.

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Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately, and nominations and expressions of interest will be welcomed until an appointment is made. The appointee is expected to take office in the spring of 2017. Applications received by December 2, 2016 will be assured of full consideration; these should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and names of five professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Calls to references will occur only later in the search process and only with prior notification of candidates. All submissions will be treated in confidence and should be sent electronically (MS Word format preferred) to:

The search committee is assisted by:

Dr. R. Stanton Hales, Senior Consultant
Academic Search, Inc. 707-545-2203

California Lutheran University is an equal opportunity employer. The University and Seminary encourage candidates who will contribute to cultural diversity and who value cultural, ethnic, and racial differences to apply.