Post Date: 01/24/2019
Close Date: 03/31/2019
University Mission: Concordia University is a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society.
Position Title - Assistant Professor of Religion
Department - College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Religion
Reports To - Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
FLSA Status - Exempt
Primary Work Location - Onsite Main Campus, Portland OR
Work Schedule - Monday through Friday with flexibility to work irregular hours and weekends required.
Assessment Schedule - Position assessed after the initial 90 days and then annually
Position Number - FAC090
FTE - 1.0
This position of Assistant Professor of Religion is a ranked faculty position in the Concordia University College of Arts and Sciences. Primary responsibilities include: teaching various religion courses, supporting undergraduate student research, participating wholly in faculty service, serving as a champion for the Lutheran intellectual tradition, and pursuing a research agenda commensurate with teaching responsibilities.
Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the University and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direction of the Department Chair of Religion, the Religion faculty member will:
1. Teach undergraduate courses in the field of Religion and more specifically in one or more of the following areas: World Religions, Systematic Theology, Philosophy, Global Studies, and/or Ethics and may include teaching introductory and general education courses in Biblical Theology.
2. Serve as mentor to students, especially students pursuing careers in Church Work and/or Religious study/service. Be available to students via email, phone, or personal conferences. Keep a flexible weekly schedule that best facilitates student learning and access.
3. Facilitate student learning, provide effective instruction, and perform evaluations of student learning for all assigned classes, using each course's standard course outline as a guide.
4. Assist students in conducting undergraduate research that culminates in the completion of a senior thesis in the area of Religion.
5. Adhere to and enhance provided course syllabus, curriculum, course handouts, lectures, labs, and presentations, implementing the recognized established purposes of the College of Arts and Sciences.
6. Provide subject matter expertise to support the specified academic program, ensuring that student learning outcomes are achieved and are aligned to departmental, college, and university standards.
7. Carry out scholarly research agenda commensurate with teaching assignments in department.
8. Provide prompt and meaningful feedback to students in a fair, objective and consistent manner. Use established rubrics and clear grading criteria and the Blackboard management system and Taskstream where appropriate.
9. Assign grades and maintain course/student records in accordance with FERPA regulations. Submit grades and records by established deadlines.
10. Meet all classes and other scheduled responsibilities such as office hours and meetings at the designated times.
11. Participate in faculty service, including at a minimum administrative and committee assignments as determined by the Chair of Religion Dept. and/or the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
12. Demonstrate service to the larger university community and surrounding environs, including serving as a champion and spokesperson for the Lutheran Intellectual Tradition generally and in the context of the Pacific Northwest specifically.
13. Work collaboratively with the Department Chair, faculty, staff, and students to advance the mission and academic excellence of the College of Arts and Sciences, in accordance with the mission, values and vision of CU, and join peers in promoting and recruiting to the Religion major.
Work Contacts - Contacts include Department Dean, Department Director, Chairs, peer faculty, staff, and students on a regular basis.
Scope of Work - Work is subject to academic review and supports the execution of strategic initiatives of the University. Acts as a subject matter expert. Keeps leaders informed of results, outcomes and obstacles.
Working Conditions - Classroom, virtual classroom and office environment
Minimum Physical Requirements
• Able to be present to teach coursework onsite or in a virtual classroom.
• Able to use technology and administrative software (i.e. Blackboard, Microsoft Office Suite, Taskstream, etc.) to enter data, respond to inquiries and create teaching materials.
• Able to use computer hardware and peripherals as well as office equipment including copiers and scanners.
• Able to communicate effectively in person, in front of audiences, electronically and via telephone.
• Tolerance to repetitive motions including keyboarding and writing.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
• Earned doctorate in Religion, Theology, or a closely related field with a demonstrated emphasis in one of the following areas:
o Missiology/World Religions
o Systematic/Contemporary Theology
• ABD candidates are encouraged to apply.
• Membership in an LCMS congregation.
• Able to meet LCMS prior approval.
• LCMS Prior Approval (Bylaw 184.108.40.206.3): All initial appointments to persons serving on theology faculties, or teaching classes in or cross-listed with the theology department, shall require prior approval by a majority vote of the President of the Synod (or his designee), the chairman of the Council of Presidents (or his designee), and a member of the Concordia University System board selected by the chair, and shall include a thorough theological review. The three voters shall be ordained. The process shall be facilitated by the president of Concordia University System. Initial appointment refers to the initial engagement of any person to teach one or more theology courses, regardless of assigned academic department, other than faculty who teach theology courses no more than one academic year in any three-year period (https://www.lcms.org/Document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=4507).
• 1+ years experience teaching at the collegiate level commensurate with the philosophy of a private, liberal arts Lutheran university.
• Ability and commitment to work as an integral part of the Religion Department.
• Commitment to the Lutheran Confessions, the work of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and a passion for the ministry of Christ in the world.
• Experience teaching in multiple delivery modalities preferred (on-ground, on-line, and hybrid).
• Experience in cross or multicultural ministry/service preferred.
• Experience and/or service which demonstrates congruence with Concordia University’s mission and values preferred.
Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
• Effective and professional written and verbal communication.
• Experience and desire to create an academic environment that respects, includes and enhances diversity of thought and promotes effective consideration of alternative points of view.
• Strong computer and technology skills; proficient in using the Microsoft Office Suite and able to effectively use Blackboard and other applicable technology on a regular basis.
• Possess and demonstrate integrity, judgment, positivity and professionalism.
• Working knowledge of FERPA and ability to handle confidential information with tact, discretion and good judgement.
• Cultural competence and intercultural sensitivity
Pre-Employment Screening Requirements
Successfully pass a criminal background check.
Attitude and Demeanor of all Concordia University Employees
• Publicly support the mission of Concordia University.
• Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates.
• Work as a team member in a professional environment.
• Possess a “service attitude” (willingness to be flexible to meet the demands of the college and/or department).
• Have a professional physical appearance (appropriate clothing, hygiene, etc.).