Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies (Old Testament)

OPENING DATE: 2/28/2017

START DATE: 8/15/2017

George Fox University announces a full-time, ongoing faculty position in Biblical Studies (specifically in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible), to begin in August 15, 2017. The College of Christian Studies (CCS) is seeking a person with broad competence in the field of Old Testament, Hebrew language, and the historical-religious context of ancient Israel, with secondary competency in New Testament, Christian theology, and other adjacent fields.

George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Professors teach all truth as God's truth, integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ, bringing the divine revelations through sense, reason, and intuition to the confirming test of Scripture. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University is an institution that values diversity as an essential dimension of God’s design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our faculty.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching (load will be 24 credits per year and will include the following):
    • Introductory courses in Old Testament
    • Courses covering the full Christian Bible
    • Courses in the Hebrew language
    • Upper-division courses in biblical studies (per the interest and specialty of the faculty member)
  • Service:
    • Support local faith communities and community service efforts as appropriate; in particular, help connect the CCS to faith communities in the greater Portland area.
    • Participate in the ongoing support of the CCS programs and curriculum.
    • Serve on faculty committees, participate in the life of the university community, provide academic advisement to students and engage in other duties normally associated with full-time faculty members.
  • Scholarship:
    • Engage in high-level scholarly activity relevant to the teaching responsibilities of the position and to one’s particular area(s) of expertise.
    • Maintain (or show promise of maintaining) a sustained pattern of peer-reviewed publication as called for in the George Fox University Faculty Handbook for tenure-track faculty members.


  • PhD or ThD is required (we will consider highly qualified ABD candidates, so long as the candidate completes the terminal degree by August 15, 2017). 
  • The ability to teach undergraduates from a wide variety of backgrounds in a distinctly Christian method will be an important characteristic of the successful candidate.
  • A commitment to working with a diverse population of students is essential; demonstrated experience in this area is preferred.
  • All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony in a local church. In addition, professors agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith

Application Procedures

Candidates should send a complete faculty application (including an integration of faith and learning essay), a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a concise description of research plans to Chuck Conniry, PhD, Vice President and Dean of Portland Seminary and the College of Christian Studies, George Fox University, 414 N. Meridian Street, #6027, Newberg, OR 97132 or via email:  Recommendations and other supporting materials may be requested at a later stage of the review process.  Review of applications will commence on March 21st and will continue until the position is filled.