By Bryan P Stone

Assistant Professor of Theology – Tenure Track

September 20th, 2014 in Job Postings within STH

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Assistant Professor of Theology
Tenure Track
Boston University School of Theology

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in theology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in Fall 2015. The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar in theology, holding a Ph.D. or Th.D. in Theology or an appropriate equivalent degree, and having potential for a strong record of publications in the field. The candidate should be a theologian operating in a constructive mode, specialization open, with a preference for competence in comparative theology. Candidates should be committed to the School’s mission of preparing leaders for diverse religious communities and faith-based organizations and for teaching doctoral students for the professoriate and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Responsibilities include teaching in masters and doctoral programs of the School of Theology and the Boston University Graduate Division of Religious Studies. Opportunities include collaborations with other Boston University schools and the Boston Theological Institute. Boston University expects excellence in teaching and research and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to engaged scholarship in a multicultural environment. Applications—including a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research plans, a major publication sample, and three professional references (sent separately)-should be sent to the Omnibus Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Applications may be submitted as email attachments to Danielle Stecher at dstecher@bu.edu.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Women and underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics – Tenure Track

September 20th, 2014 in Job Postings within STH

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WALTER G. MUELDER PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL ETHICS

Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics
Tenured Professor
Boston University School of Theology

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for a full-time tenured faculty position in Social Ethics at the rank of Professor, to begin in Fall 2015. The successful candidate will be a distinguished scholar who has an international reputation in social ethics, holds a Ph.D. or Th.D. in Ethics or an appropriate equivalent degree, and has a strong record of publications in the field. Candidates should have a research history and an agenda in social ethics, informed by inquiry and theory in theology, philosophy, and the social sciences. Areas of specialization are open. Candidates should be committed to the School’s mission of preparing leaders for diverse religious communities and faith-based organizations and for teaching doctoral students for the professoriate and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Responsibilities include teaching in masters and doctoral programs of the School of theology and the Boston University Graduate division of Religious Studies. Opportunities include collaborations with other Boston University schools and the Boston Theological Institute on a broad range of intellectual and ethical issues in a global context. Boston University expects excellence in teaching and research and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to engaged scholarship in a multicultural environment. Applications—including a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research plans, a major publication sample, and three professional references (sent separately)-should be sent to the Omnibus Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Applications may be submitted as email attachments to Danielle Stecher at dstecher@bu.edu.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Women and underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Theology – Tenure Track

September 20th, 2014 in Job Postings within STH

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Theology
Tenure-Track
Boston University School of Theology

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Pastoral Psychology and Theology at an Assistant rank. The candidate will hold a PhD or ThD in Pastoral or Practical Theology, Psychology, or an appropriate, equivalent degree. An additional seminary degree (e.g., MDiv, MTS, MAR) is highly desirable. Candidates should have a strong research record and research skills in pastoral psychology that includes interdisciplinary expertise in engaging psychological studies, practical theology, theology, and/or religious studies. They should also have clinical experience, including extended experience under supervision; some form of licensure or certification is preferable, along with experience providing pastoral or spiritual care in multi-faith contexts. A further desideratum is that a candidate will have areas of expertise that contribute to the School’s strengths in psychology and spirituality, practical theology, trauma studies, and/or diversity competency. Candidates should be committed to the School’s mission of preparing leaders for diverse forms of ministry in religious communities and faith-based organizations, as well as teaching doctoral students for the professoriate, clinical practice, and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Opportunities also include doctoral advising in the PhD program in Practical Theology and participation in the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute, which operates an out-patient mental health clinic, supervises a clinical training program, and supports the teaching and research program of the School of Theology. Boston University expects excellence in teaching and research and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to engaged scholarship in a multicultural environment. Applications, including a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research plans, a major publication sample, and three professional references (sent separately), should be sent to the Omnibus Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Applications may be submitted as email attachments to Danielle Stecher at dstecher@bu.edu.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Women and underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

STH Launches New Distance-Based DMin in Fall 2014

May 2nd, 2014 in News

Boston University has approved the School of Theology’s proposal to redesign its existing, long-standing residential D.Min. into a mixed-delivery program that can be pursued through a combination of intensive on-site D.Min. seminars and distance education courses that students can take from their home location. The new model focuses on Transformational Leadership and can be completed in three years. The Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) is a professional doctoral degree meant to enrich religious leaders in traditional and non-traditional settings, to deepen their understanding of and commitment to ministry, and to refine its practice.

The degree is composed of 4 seminars that meet on site at STH for one week of intensive work (with preparatory assignments and follow-up work), one in August and one in January in each of the first two years of the program. The intensive seminars provide a rigorous academic foundation in the study of religious leadership, community transformation, and contextual theological analysis, as well as grounding in research methods and opportunities to discuss and shape research projects with faculty and peers. Other cohort and elective courses for the program are offered online, though a student might petition to take an elective course on site at the School of Theology. All courses contribute to the research and professional goals of doctoral students by including reflection opportunities that are directly or indirectly preparatory for the D.Min. project.

The DMin program is designed for persons who have been in ministry for at least three years and who want to support their professional lives with further academic study. For more information, visit the STH website at: www.bu.edu/sth/dmin.

Prof. Dana Robert joins panel discussion on “Advancing the Global Human Condition: Challenges & Opportunities.”

March 1st, 2014 in News

On February 6, 2014, in celebration of the newly established Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at BU, the BU Alumni Association held a panel discussion for students and alumni in Santa Monica, CA. The Panel was entitled, “Advancing the Global Human Condition: Challenges & Opportunities.”

Panelists:
Andrew Bacevich, expert in U.S. foreign policy and national security
Anthony Janetos, authority on climate change and the interaction of land systems with human needs
Adil Najam, a leader in international development and environmental policy
Dana Robert, leading scholar in the history of World Christianity and mission
Jonathon Simon, authority on global public health

To view the video, click here.

More info about the Pardee School: http://www.bu.edu/today/2013/frederick-s-pardee-endows-new-international-affairs-school/

David Farley (STH ’78)

February 1st, 2014 in Alumni/ae Profiles

Reverend David Farley (STH ’78) has ministered for more than 30 years as pastor of Echo Park United Methodist Church in the urban core of Los Angeles. Pastor Farley & Echo Park UMC were involved in both the original Sanctuary Movement for Central American Refugees in the 80s and the New Sanctuary Movement for undocumented families in more recent years. In 2012 David was one of those recognized as a “Giant of Justice” by Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-LA) in recognition of his contribution to the interfaith struggle for the rights of workers and immigrants. David was named School of Theology Distinguished Alumnus in 2013.

Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey (STH ’76)

January 1st, 2014 in Alumni/ae Profiles

Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey (STH ’76) first felt a calling to the ordained ministry while a student at Boston University School of Theology. Ordained Deacon in 1974 and Elder in 1977, she served churches in the Iowa Annual Conference. She was elected to the episcopacy in 2004 at which time she began serving as the Bishop of the Dakotas Area Annual Conference. In July of 2012 she was assigned to the Michigan Area. She has received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both Iowa Wesleyan College (in 2004) and Dakota Wesleyan University (in 2012). She was named School of Theology Distinguished Alumna in 2013.

STH Converts the ThD to the PhD

December 20th, 2013 in News

On December 18, 2013, Boston University approved the proposal of the faculty of the School of Theology to convert its ThD (Doctor of Theology) degree to a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree effective January 1, 2014. The current ThD degree will be merged with the present PhD in Practical Theology to produce a single PhD with three tracks: History and Hermeneutics (including Biblical Studies, Church History, Mission Studies, and Liturgical Studies), Constructive Theology and Theological Ethics, and Practical Theology (including Congregation and Community, Evangelism and Missiology, Homiletics, Leadership and Administration, Pastoral Theology and Psychology, Religious Education, Spirituality Studies, and Worship). Students presently in the ThD program will be allowed to transfer into the new PhD program after January 1.

As with the ThD and the present PhD in Practical Theology, the converted PhD will consist of 48 credits, teaching and research internships and assistantships, two language requirements, three qualifying examinations, and a dissertation (including prospectus and defense). At least 36 of those 48 credits (9 courses) must be in coursework related to the track and concentration while up to 12 additional credits (3 courses) may be taken in elective coursework drawn from cognate disciplines or courses that support the research agenda of the individual student. The major/minor structure of the ThD will give way to a single concentration. While this change is largely one of nomenclature, the conversion also requires eliminating overlap with existing theological PhD degrees in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies (DRTS), which is now being renamed the Graduate Division in Religious Studies (GDRS).

The ThD is a longstanding and venerable degree, but one whose nomenclature is less and less understood beyond Boston University and other select universities that offer the degree. There will be no retroactive conversion to the PhD degree for those who have already graduated with the ThD. Boston University does not allow such retroactive conversions. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at STH, however, will provide a letter to any ThD graduate who requests it affirming the equivalency of the two degrees and their only substantial difference being one of nomenclature.

The rationale for converting the STH ThD to a PhD arose out of a two-year study of all advanced degrees conducted by STH faculty, though conversations about the conversion of the ThD to a PhD have taken place throughout the last two decades. The faculty has enthusiastically embraced this new consolidation of programs, together with a continuing excellent relationship with the GDRS.

K. James Wu

December 1st, 2013 in Alumni/ae Profiles

The Rev. Dr. K. James Wu (STH ’99 (M.Div.), STH ’08 (Th.D.)) is an ordained deacon in full connection with the Conference of Methodist Church in Taiwan. Dr. Wu has been appointed to serve as Research Fellow at the Center for Global Christianity and Mission of BUSTH. In 2009, Dr. Wu was called to serve as Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at the Methodist Graduate School of Theology, Taipei, Taiwan and is now serving as Dean of Academic Affairs of the school. Appointed by the Conference of the Methodist Church in Taiwan, Dr. Wu also serves as a committee member of the Liturgical Committee and Theology Committee in the World Federation Chinese Methodist Churches, a global Wesleyan body affiliated with the World Methodist Council.

Yo Han Bae (STH ’07)

November 2nd, 2013 in Alumni/ae Profiles

Reverend Dr. Yo Han Bae (STH 2007) graduated from Boston University with a Th.D. and has been teaching at Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary since 2008. Prof. Bae’s primary research interest is the comparative study between Christian Theology and East-Asian religious traditions (Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism). He is also interested in seeking the solid and evangelical Christian theology by encountering post-modern trends and East-Asian religious traditions. His book, “Understanding Confucianism with the View of an Christian Theologian (Sinhakjaga pureosseun Yugo Iyagi),” is the first book which is one of the books in the series, “Understanding of East-Asian religious tradition with the View of an Christian Theologian (Sinhakjaga pureosseun Dongyang jonggyo Iyagi),” and received the Somang Prize in 2012. His next book will be published September 2013. He still misses Boston and remains a Boston Red sox fan along with his two sons.