Richard B. Parker Professor of Wesleyan Theology

OPENING DATE:  August 26, 2016

START DATE:  August 15, 2017

Portland Seminary announces a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Wesleyan theology and heritage, to begin Aug. 15, 2017.

University Mission:

George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.

Seminary Mission:

Portland Seminary is Christ-centered, broadly evangelical, and committed to equipping women and men holistically for local and global service. We are located in Portland, Oregon.


Portland Seminary exists to develop leaders and scholars to have a transformative and prophetic influence for Jesus Christ in the church and the world. We pursue this purpose by integrating spiritual formation, history, theology, and biblical and pastoral studies, in a multicultural and ecologically sensitive environment.


1. Teaching:

  • Courses in Christian history and theology from a Wesleyan perspective 
  • Courses in pastoral studies, ministry leadership, and spiritual formation

2. Scholarship:

  • Maintain active engagement in Wesleyan scholarly guilds
  • Maintain a sustained pattern of peer-reviewed publication as called for in the George
  • Fox University Faculty Handbook

3. Service:

  • Support the university’s Free Methodist Center
  • Participate in the ongoing support of the seminary programs and curriculum
  • Serve on faculty committees, participate in the life of the university and seminary community, provide academic advisement to students, and engage in other duties normally associated with full-time faculty members
  • Support local faith communities and community service efforts as appropriate


  1.  A personal commitment to Jesus Christ and be actively involved in a local church. In addition, she or he must commit to live in agreement with the university’s lifestyle statement and affirm the  theological commitments expressed in the university’s Statement of Faith:
  2.  A PhD, preferably in historical, systematic, or practical theology, related to Wesleyan studies. ABD considered only if degree will be in hand by August 1, 2017.
  3.  Teaching experience in, and commitment to support, traditional classroom, online, and hybrid course delivery at the graduate level.
  4.  Demonstration of scholarship, including academic conference presentations and scholarly publications.
  5.  Commitment to training both women and men as pastors and ministry leaders.
  6.  Commitment to the integration of faith and learning, which includes integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ and subjecting the insights we derive through  sense, reason, and intuition to the confirming test of Scripture.
  7.  Preferred: ordination credentials from a church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and five years of ministry experience in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.
  8. Commitment to the university’s statement on diversity:


Rootedness: We prepare leaders who are rooted in Scripture and proclaim in word and deed the gospel of Jesus’ incarnation, life, death and resurrection, carrying out through the Church God's mission to foster personal and community transformation.

Spiritual formation: We are committed to forming our students and alumni holistically in Christ.

Equality: We promote women, people of color, and other commonly disenfranchised persons in full ministry, engaging global, intercultural, and other forms of diversity.

Earthkeeping: We emphasize that caring for creation, as a form of activism in service to racial and economic reconciliation, is an essential part of our faithfulness to Christ.

Innovation: We are a Portland-based, national seminary that is redesigning theological education to prepare leaders to serve in both entrepreneurial and established ministries.

About Our Learning Environments:

Students in the Local Learning Community (LLC) attend classes one or two days per week, on a full- or part-time basis. Students in the Online Learning Community (OLC) do the bulk of their coursework online, in community with a group of fellow students (cohorts), and travel to campus two or three times a year for face-to-face course intensives. Some courses are shared between the local and online learning communities. Whether on campus or online, our faculty and staff create a set of learning environments that support students’ education, training, and mentoring for leadership service.

Salary and Rank

Appointment at the Rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor is anticipated. Salary and benefits are competitive with comparable institutions.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send an electronic cover letter, CV, and the George Fox University Faculty Application (except for part III; finalists will be invited to submit part III at a later stage) to Dean of the Seminary, Dr. Chuck Conniry, at, with the subject line: Richard B. Parker Search. Applications must be received by October 31, 2016 for consideration for preliminary interviews at AAR. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

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.