Position: Assistant Professor (tenure track) New Testament and Christian Origins

Area of Expertise:

Within the study of New Testament and Christian Origins, research specialization is open but preference will be given to those who are familiar with newer perspectives, methods, and theories gaining currency in the field, including, but not limited to, post-colonial and empire studies, material culture, economics, and social memory theory. Preference will also be given to candidates who have experience working in gospel literature. Facility with the languages, sources, and historical context appropriate to the study of New Testament and early Christianity is expected. The person who fills this position will have responsibility for introductory and upper-level courses in New Testament and early Christian history and is expected to enrich the range and depth of course offerings in the PhD program, which is jointly administered with the University of Denver.

Desired Strengths:

Our ideal candidate not only shows the promise of becoming a respected and productive scholar but is ready to excel in teaching in both residential and online environments. We desire someone who is an effective communicator both inside and outside the classroom. While preferred candidates will possess high-level expertise in some aspect of New Testament and Christian Origins, we are looking for those who can also relate their scholarship to broader issues in the study of religion and theology, as well as areas of concern central to the school, such as bringing the study of the Bible and other foundational Christian texts to bear on contemporary concerns related to social justice, marginalized communities, interreligious dialogue, and the diversity of global Christianity. We seek a candidate who will enable our students to think historically and encourage M.Div. students to incorporate the history of their tradition into the practice of ministry.


Teach on a full-time basis over three quarters per academic year (normally five courses) in Iliff’s various master’s programs as well as the University of Denver/Iliff Joint Ph.D. program

  • Read and direct MTS theses and dissertations
  • Teach in Iliff’s online programs
  • Advise PhD students concerning the academic and professional aspects of their work
  • Condut a research and publication program appropriate to the fiel
  • Participate in appropriate professional societies and meetings
  • Participate in school governance and administration through various committees and councils
  • Provide service to appropriate professional organizations and publishing houses
  • Work with churches (local or judicatory) and/or community boards and agencies
  • Teach laity or clergy outside the Iliff curriculum


The Iliff School of Theology is a United Methodist-related graduate theological school preparing students for leadership in a wide variety of vocations, including social service, community activism, chaplaincy, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, and parish ministry. Our students come from a wide variety of traditions, both Christian and non-Christian. Iliff offers a Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics; and a Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. In addition, we offer a joint Ph.D. program in the Study of Religion at the University of Denver. Iliff has robust course offerings in online, residential, and hybrid formats, and all faculty teaches in all formats each year. Over 60% of Iliff courses are taught online or hybrid.

Iliff is committed to becoming a more globally conscious and globally connected community. The Iliff School of Theology is an equal opportunity employer and as such prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender expression, creed, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or other legally protected statuses. All applicants and employees are treated equally according to their qualifications, abilities, and experience in conducting all personnel actions and procedures including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, placement, training, discipline, transfer, promotion, benefits, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and all other terms and conditions of employment. For more information, visit us at www.iliff.edu.

Applications should include a letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. For fullest consideration, candidates should submit all materials by October 24th, 2018. Applications and supporting material should be sent by email to humanresources@iliff.edu.

If electronic submissions are not possible, materials should be mailed to Professor Pamela Eisenbaum and Albert Hernandez, Co-Chairs, New Testament, and Christian Origins Search, c/o Dean’s Office, Iliff School of Theology, 2323 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80210.


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