Earlham School of Religion — Assistant Professor of Spirituality

Earlham School of Religion (ESR), is a seminary in the Quaker tradition; located in Richmond, Indiana, a small city that’s just a short drive away from several major metropolitan areas including Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago.

ESR hiring a full-time, Assistant Professor of Spirituality, to start July 1, 2023.

We are seeking a dynamic teacher and scholar grounded in practice of their own tradition who is able to teach introductory and advanced graduate classes including a course in discernment, a survey course of spirituality (e.g., history of spirituality), a spiritual formation course, and perhaps an introduction to spiritual direction. The standard teaching load is six courses per year, which includes this spread of courses in spirituality as well as courses that contribute to other parts of the curriculum in consultation with the Dean. Examples include eco-spirituality, conflict transformation, world religions, writing or theopoetics, and creation care.


  • PhD is preferred, but ABD may also be acceptable provided the degree is in hand within one year of employment. A Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality would also be considered.
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary work
  • Able to work with interfaith and contemporary approaches to spirituality, especially combining contemplation and action, and who can work with a theologically diverse student body that includes, for example, LGBTQ+ trinitarians, unaffiliated seekers, and non-theist Friends.
  • Applicants must be committed to working within a Quaker ethos that values integrity, consensus decision-making, equity, justice, and peacemaking. Familiarity with Quaker spirituality is highly desirable.
  • Candidates must demonstrate an ability to teach creatively in face-to-face, synchronous video (Zoom), and online learning environments. ESR offers courses during the normal academic year in these formats as well as intensives in August, January, and May. ESR programs include an MDiv with several concentrations, an academic MA degree, a practical MA in Peace and Social Transformation, Master of Arts in Theopoetics and Writing, and a Certificate in Spiritual Formation.
  • Be a positive example and resource to all ESR Students

To Apply

  • Please submit the following application materials through our Careers Portal:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter – Address your interest in the opening explaining your relevant work history as it pertains to this position.
  • Statement of DEI – Submit your thoughts and experience with matters of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as it relates and specifically pertains to this position, in a 300 – 1000 word statement.  (Examples of helpful topics include: your understanding of DEI principles, past experiences with DEI, and/or future plans to contribute to DEI at Earlham.)
  • Statement of your Teaching Philosophy.
  • Research statement addressing your research history, and your expected timeline and plans for establishing a research program at Earlham.
  • List of Three Professional References with Contact Information

Earlham School of Religion / Earlham College requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

Earlham School of Religion / Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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