Academic Director of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community

  • Date Posted:   2014-06-27
  • Department:   School - Theology
  • FT/PT/Temp:  
  • Exempt Status:   Exempt
  • Reports To:   Vice Provost; Dean of the School of Theology

Application Deadline

Deadline for applications is October 31, 2014



Fuller Theological Seminary invites candidates for a tenure-track, combined faculty and administrative position as Academic Director of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community beginning in Fall 2015. Fuller is a multi-denominational seminary and seeks candidates who share its mission and commitment to training men and women for the various leadership roles in the church and the academy.

The Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community has evolved from its beginnings as a certificate program in 1974 to its current status of offering several master’s degrees entirely in Spanish. Today, over 100 students are taking classes offered through the Center at Fuller Seminary’s campuses in Pasadena and Menlo Park, California, and in Houston, Texas. The
mission of the Center is to serve Latino churches by preparing pastors and leaders; reflecting theologically and missionally on Latinas and Latinos’ role in church, community, and society; and providing opportunities for research and integration.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD and expertise in a discipline that falls within Fuller’s School of Theology, and has demonstrated successful service in the academy, ministry-related experience, and administrative skills. Both academic rank and theological discipline are open.

Essential Functions


  • Offer core and elective courses in the MA and MDiv programs in both Spanish and English, with the possibility of teaching DMin and/or PhD seminars
  • Interest in integrative, interdisciplinary topics highly desirable

Administration and Leadership

  • Reporting to the Vice Provost for administrative issues and to the Dean of the School of Theology for academic issues to provide vision, administrative oversight, and academic leadership for the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community
  • Work with the Diversity Council and the School of Theology Dean’s Council to provide advocacy and leadership and to communicate concerns for multicultural and multi-regional campus concerns (especially in areas of recruitment, retention, curriculum, and financial aid for Hispanic/Latino/a students)
  • Develop and mentor Hispanic/Latino/a students who are preparing for leadership
  • Build partnerships with Hispanic/Latino/a ministries locally, regionally, and nationally, and network with church leadership

Rank and Other Considerations

  • Tenure-track; initial three-year appointment
  • Rank and position title dependent on qualifications and experience
  • Date position available: September 1, 2015

Faculty Contract

  • Twelve-month contract, including paid four-week summer leave
  • Teach halftime: three courses per year on the quarter system, including one online course every two years
  • Sabbatical quarter every seventh quarter


  • PhD (or equivalent) in an appropriate academic field of specialization
  • Proven record or promise of publication, with ongoing research plans
  • MDiv (or equivalent), ordination, and/or ministry experience in a Hispanic church
  • Strong interest in theological, social, and ethical dimensions of ministry
  • Faith and lifestyle congruent with the mission of Fuller Theological Seminary as expressed in its Statements of Faith and community standard Fuller Seminary requires each faculty member to sign its Statement of Faith. Commitment to the evangelical and ecumenical heritage of Fuller Theological Seminary. See the Fuller Theological Seminary website
  • Commitment to theological education in the service of the local and global church, to shaping leaders for the church’s mission and ministry, to the spiritual formation of students, and to supporting women in pastoral and other leadership positions
  • Disposition to work collegially in a diverse—multi-ethnic, multi-denominational, multi-regional—seminary community
  • Familiarity with, engagement in, committed to, and supportive of the specific concerns of the Hispanic/Latino/a church community and people of Hispanic/Latino/a descent through teaching and in other activities and relationships
  • Fully bilingual (Spanish/English), with equal fluency (reading, writing, and speaking) in both languages
  • Commitment to educating, affirming, and supporting women in all offices and ministries of the church
  • Specialization in a discipline represented in Fuller Seminary's School of Theology
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills
  • Academic research and publication in both Spanish and English preferred

Special Requirements

This position is subject to a background and credit check

Must be willing to sign Fuller’s Statement of Faith. All teaching and management positions are restricted to persons who will affirm in writing the Statement of Faith of Fuller Theological Seminary

All employees (faculty, managers, and staff) are expected to adhere to the ethical standards affirmed in the Seminary's Statement of Community Standards as a continuing condition of employment.


Application Information

Applicants for faculty positions in the School of Theology are asked to submit the following materials (preferably by electronic means using the email address noted below):

  • A letter of interest
  • A curriculum vitae, indicating education, teaching experience, publications, and other professional qualifications
  • A list of three-four references with institutional affiliation and contact information, representing both academic and ministry qualifications

Method of Application Submission

Application materials should be submitted electronically to Persons with questions about this position or the application procedure may also contact us at:

(626) 584-5200
(800) 235-2222
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182