Associate/Assistant Professor of Religion & Director of Kenya Program

Posting Date: November 14, 2017

Location: Wayland Baptist University – Plainview Campus

School: School of Religion and Philosophy

In keeping with the mission of the University, the purposes of the School of Religion and Philosophy are to provide education in religion and philosophy for all students; to provide theological education and training for students interested in ministry; and to provide services to persons, churches, and denominational entities. The School of Religion and Philosophy offers undergraduate majors in religion, religious education, intercultural missions, composite religion, Christian ministry, and Christian recreation and camp management. Within these degree programs there are specializations in theological and ministry studies. The School also offers graduate degree programs in religion, Christian ministry, and divinity.

Supervised By: Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy 

Position Classification:  Exempt (Teaching) 

Positions Supervised:  Management of staff in Kenya

General Responsibilities:  The Assistant/Associate Professor of Religion will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in religion, religious education, ministry leadership, and mission as assigned; provide student support and advising in the School of Religion and Philosophy.  As a faculty member of WBU he/she will represent the University’s academic and spiritual emphasis to the students, faculty, staff, and the community in a manner consistent with the University’s mission and purpose.                              

Specific Tasks and Duties: 

1.   Prepare and teaching (24) semester hours per academic year through various modalities (face to face and online course settings).

2.   Administering the Kenya Program:  

a.     Student recruitment, including advising and aiding students in enrollment into the program

b.     Course schedules and rotations for the Kenyan academic sessions

c.     Recruitment and management of visiting faculty who administer the courses

d.     Management of WBU Kenyan staff (director, financial officer, and librarian)

e.     Coordinates and maintains collaborative relationships with Kenyan constituents and partners

f.      Manages the budget and PBER process for the Kenya program

g.     Implements the strategic plan for the Kenya program as outlined in the PBER

h.     Consults and advises WBU administration about new policies, laws, and potential partnerships for implementation and growth of the program

i.      Coordinates missional opportunities for WBU staff, faculty, and students in Kenya through the Director of the Wayland Mission Center

j.      Coordinates site visits for assessment and effectiveness visits

3.   Providing academic advising for undergraduate and graduate students as assigned

4.   Actively engaging in School of Religion and Philosophy recruiting and retention initiatives

5.   Cooperate with School of Religion and Philosophy faculty in curriculum and program development

6.   Serving on University and School of Religion and Philosophy committees as assigned

7.   Actively engaging in professional development and creative/scholarly activities

8.   Actively engaging in service to all churches and Baptist denominational bodies

The above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this job. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned by the Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy or the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A commitment of Christian Higher education and in agreement with the purposes and philosophy of Christian higher education as promoted by the Baptist General Convention of Texas in general and Wayland Baptist University in particular.

Education, Certification and License: 

1.   The candidate must have an earned doctorate in religion, religious education, Christian leadership, Intercultural Mission, or closely related discipline from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

2.   ABD applicants with a Master’s degree and willing to complete a doctorate within 5 years’ time may also be considered 

Experience and Knowledge:

Previous collegiate or seminary teaching is preferred.  Previous service in local church staff ministry is preferred.  Previous service in missional engagement is preferred.

1.   Preference will be given to individuals who have experience teaching Religion, Religious Education, Ministry, Christian Leadership, and/or Ministry/Mission courses in a college or university setting

2.   Preference will be given to applicants with experience with Christian higher administrative experience and administrating an academic program successfully

Skills and Abilities:

1.   Ability to teach courses as assigned in face-to-face, hybrid, and online delivery methods.

2.   Willingness to work cooperatively and collegially with faculty in all areas of work of the School of Religion and Philosophy

3.   Willingness to participate in planning, assessment, and improvement initiatives within the School of Religion and Philosophy and in the university as a whole

4.    An interest in teaching at a university where teaching excellence is highly valued

5.    A strong Christian commitment to be involved in the life of the university with students, faculty, and staff

6.   Good written and verbal communication skills

7.   Proficiency in Microsoft office and willingness to become proficient in classroom technology and Blackboard

Additional Requirements:

1.   Active membership in a local Baptist church

2.   Endorsement by the Vice President of Academic Affairs

3.   Able to pass criminal and credit background checks

4.   Have no delinquent or defaulted items on credit report

5.   Must have no delinquent or defaulted Student Loans.  A credit check may be conducted to insure the requirement is met

Conditions of Employment:

Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance.   If hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Employee must be able and willing to travel and teach at external campuses.  Must be able to operate a licensed motor vehicle, have access to a dependable motor vehicle, and possess a valid state driver’s license.  Must have and maintain a satisfactory driver’s record.

The University: Wayland Baptist University is a four-year liberal arts university. The institution is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The Wayland Baptist University System is comprised of the Plainview campus, which is predominately a residential campus, twelve external campuses, and the WBUonline offering courses in a broad range of academic areas.

Learn About Us: Candidates are encouraged to learn more at About Wayland.

Application Procedure: Applications may be submitted online or you may download it from the top of this web page by clicking on Application for Employment.

Interested individuals MUST submit the following information:

1. Letter of Interest/Cover Letter

2. Completed University Application of Employment with Faith Statement and Teaching Philosophy: (Link to Application Below)

https://www2.wbu.edu/jobapp/empapp.aspx

3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

4. Three current professional letters of recommendation

5.  Copies of transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic work

Additional material may be requested at a later date.

Please send this information to:
Ron Appling, Director of Human Resources
Wayland Baptist University
1900 W. 7th Street, CMB #1274
Plainview, TX 79072
Phone: (806) 291-3451
Fax: (806) 291-1981 
Email: applingr@wbu.edu

Specific questions regarding the position may be addressed to Dr. Clinton Lowin at lowinc@wbu.edu.

Application Deadline:
Application review will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Start date is Summer 2018.  

Wayland Baptist University does not illegally discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Under federal law, the university may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its mission and purposes.