Biblical Studies and Religious Studies Faculty

The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies at Messiah College invites applications for an Open-Rank, Term-Tenure Track position in biblical studies.


Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities include general education Bible courses, some departmental major courses in biblical studies, and involvement in the college’s interdisciplinary core course and/or first-year seminar program.


Qualifications: Ph.D. in New Testament, Early Christian Origins, or related field required. Evidence of strong commitments to teaching undergraduates in the liberal arts tradition is expected. A commitment to a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives that pay attention to diversity and inclusive excellence is also expected. Candidate must fully support our female students as they prepare for ministry in the church at all levels.


The Program:  The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies offers two academic majors: Biblical and Religious Studies and Christian Ministries. Additionally, the department provides general education courses for all undergraduate students.


The Department:  The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies is a community of students and Christian scholars who specialize in biblical studies, religious history, theology, world religions, and Christian ministry.


Our goal is to model and encourage informed thinking about Christian faith and practice and the role of religion in the world. We foster spiritual and theological reflection that enables individuals to develop and deepen Christian commitment, interpret matters of faith intelligently, and minister to others with wisdom and compassion.


The College: Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of approximately 2,800 undergraduate students including 13.9% of under-represented and 5.0% international students from 32 countries and over 600 graduate students including 11.8% of students from under-represented populations.


The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah College is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.


Diversity: Messiah College’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence draws inspiration from its mission “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The college has pursued this vision through a strategic planning process that encourages diversity through employee and student composition, campus climate, and an educational program that enables educators and students to embrace diversity. Candidates should clearly articulate why diversity and cultural intelligence matter to them as persons of faith as well as in their profession. Candidates will speak to how as a potential employee, they will contribute to the advancement of this vision through their teaching-learning, research, institutional service, and public engagement.


Starting Date: August 2019


Compensation: Salary and rank commensurate with academic credentials and qualifications and experience.


Applications and Nominations: Application materials will be reviewed beginning September 30, 2018 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Some initial interviews will be held during the AAR/SBL National Conference, November 17-20. Please provide a current curriculum vitae and additional materials as described in the official job posting (see link below). Documentation should clearly explain how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with the mission of Messiah College, which is “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.”


Vitae Instructions to Applicants:  Curriculum Vitae must include: (1) education, (2) previous employment history, (3) scholarly and professional accomplishments (e.g., papers, publication, recitals, showings), (4) membership in scholarly, professional, or honor societies, and (5) awards and honors received.


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Messiah College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our nondiscrimination statement, the College does not tolerate abuse or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the College. This includes, but is not limited to, vendors, contractors, and guests on the basis of, but not limited to, any of the above categories.