Faculty Position in Biblical Studies: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament or New Testament


Open to applications from Monday, 12 October 2020 


Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia, intends to hire two new tenure-track faculty members at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, to commence in summer 2021 (date negotiable). One of the positions is in Biblical Studies, the other in Pastoral Theology. To fulfill statutory requirements, one (1.0 FTE) of the two appointments must be filled by a Roman Catholic. 

Applicants to the position in Biblical Studies should specialize in New Testament or Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, and should have a strong secondary competence and ability to teach in at least one of the following areas: 

  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (if NT is primary) 
  • New Testament (if HB/OT is primary) 
  • Patristics 
  • History of Christianity 
  • History of biblical interpretation 
  • Biblical exegesis/hermeneutics 
  • Interreligious/interfaith dialogue 

Note that no person is expected to teach in all these areas. Rather, each faculty member will contribute courses and leadership in their areas of expertise. Your application should make clear where your primary and secondary expertise lies. If (and only if) your secondary expertise is in Pastoral Theology, please refer to and address the separate listing for that position. AST is not seeking a generalist, but it is interested in candidates with potential for crossover in a relevant theological discipline. 

Key Attributes of the Candidate 

The successful candidate will have: 

  • A terminal degree in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament or New Testament 
  • The ability to teach effectively in on-campus, online, and hybrid environments 
  • The ability to teach effectively in a secondary specialization 
  • A dynamic research agenda 
  • Strong collegial and collaborative skills 
  • Situated awareness of AST’s founding church denominations 
  • Ecumenical faith commitments that engage a diverse student body 
  • An ability to navigate church bodies/structures (Roman Catholic Church especially) 
  • A compelling case for institutional fit 

A new hire to the Roman Catholic faculty would contribute to the design and delivery of courses in a variety of programs: 

  • A three-year MDiv degree with on-campus and summer-distance models tailored to the denominational requirements of candidates for ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada; 
  • A two-year Master of Arts (Theology and Religious Studies) degree, offered jointly with the faculty of Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s University, which gives students the opportunity to undertake graduate-level academic study of theology and religious studies; 
  • A six-course Diploma in the New Evangelization (DNE) designed to assist the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth in answering a papal call to educate and prepare lay Roman Catholics for leadership and ministry within the church and in the broader world. 

Participation in campus community life, including chapel leadership, is normative for AST faculty, as is sharing in some administrative work and student advising. Passion for working in an ecumenical environment is essential. Participation in parish and diocesan life external to AST is desirable. 

Application Instructions 

Applications must include: 

  • a letter of application describing your suitability for this position, 
  • a comprehensive curriculum vitae, 
  • a recent writing sample (3,000 words maximum), 
  • a statement of your teaching philosophy, 
  • and three letters of reference. 

See the full position description and apply at https://apply.interfolio.com/79674 

Review of applications will begin November 16, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. 

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