Virginia Theological Seminary — The Berryman Family Chair for Children’s Spirituality and Nurture

Virginia Theological Seminary invites applications for a full-time tenure or tenure-track faculty position in Children’s Spirituality and Nurture, beginning work in the summer of 2022.

Learning from children and cultivating the faith of children are imperatives for the church, and ministry with children is a central obligation of the Body of Christ. This appointment demonstrates Virginia Seminary’s commitment to forming leaders who recognize the capacity of children in the life of faith. Recognizing the importance of lifelong Christian formation and challenges to being church today, the successful candidate for this position will have exceptional capacity for contextual formation, particularly in and among underrepresented cultures and traditions, and be able to connect the formation of children to the broader work of formation in the church.

The Berryman Family Chair for Children’s Spirituality and Nurture will teach 15 credits annually in the Masters and Doctoral degree programs. She/he/they will also engage in research, teaching, and advocacy concerning children’s spirituality and nurture. Finally, the Berryman Chair will work with the Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning to support the work of VTS’s Continuing Education programming.

As a member of the faculty, the successful applicant will also participate in the residential educational program at VTS, including daily worship and student advising.

Qualifications include:

  • A commitment to Christ and God’s mission in the world, and to theological education and formation.
  • A Doctoral degree, conferred before June 30, 2022.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following fields of study: Christian Spirituality, Christian Formation, Pastoral Care, Psychology (e.g., human development, neuroscience of children [including neurodivergence], and family systems), and/or Philosophy.
  • Experience teaching and mentoring underrepresented students in churches and schools and/or within the discipline.
  • Research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education and the church.
  • Openness to teaching in online and face-to-face contexts.

Women, couples, and persons from underrepresented ethnic and racial minorities are encouraged to apply. All full-time faculty members must live in faculty housing on campus. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references to https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=41438&clientkey=9D0C356EF28896A7850373AA24879CC0 by Dec 1, 2021.

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