Associate Professor of Anthropology

  • Date Posted:   2013-10-23
  • Department:   School - Intercultural Studies
  • FT/PT/Temp:   Full Time
  • Exempt Status:   Exempt
  • Pay Rate:   Salary is commensurate with experience


Position Type

Full Time


Fuller Theological Seminary invites candidates to apply for a tenure-track faculty position as Associate Professor of Anthropology and cognate studies, for the School of Intercultural Studies. The School of Intercultural Studies (formerly the School of World Mission and Institute of Church Growth) has a 49 year legacy of the application of the social sciences to the mission of the church.

The successful candidate will have an earned PhD in Anthropology or a related social science with a special concern for understanding and engaging urban, rural, and global cultures and societies in service of the mission of the Church to both the lost and the poor. In brief, we are looking for a theorist/practitioner who can address all socio-cultural issues within a missiological framework. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to think theologically and biblically within the context of their social science discipline(s).

Candidates must be engaged at varying levels with contemporary issues in anthropology and related disciplines as they relate to mission in today's complex globalizing world. The successful candidate will be able to speak into issues relating to sociocultural and religious concerns (e.g. poverty, human trafficking, Islamic cultures, etc.) which impact the Church and her mission.

Candidates must have teaching experience of a high quality, able to engage today's students in a way that results in motivation and increased competency. Candidates should have experience mentoring PhD students and able to teach both theory and research methods along a broad social science front.

It is expected that the successful candidate will work collaboratively with other faculty in maintaining the school's concern for biblical, theological as well as anthropological and sociological research in service to the Church. Applications will be accepted through December 31st, 2013.

Professional and Personal Qualifications

  1. Earned PhD with a focus in anthropology, sociology or a related social science with a concern for Christian mission and contextual concerns of the Church.
  2. Demonstrated ability in teaching in different cultural contexts at a graduate level.
  3. Proven ability to do scholarly work at the highest levels. A record of publishing in the areas of anthropology and/or sociology as they relate to a broad area of Christian mission.
  4. Able to use and teach research methods as well as social science theory and experience mentoring of PhD students.
  5. Experience as a missionary or living and working while doing research in different cultural contexts.
  6. Evidence of a deep commitment to Christian spirituality and passion for Christian mission.

Teaching, Research and Administrative Work

  1. Teach a normal load of 6 courses a year including at least three courses that are fully online. There is an expectation that the courses will cover anthropological foci including theory, research methods and human spirituality and they interface with general missiology and cultural engagement.
  2. Design research and seek funding for original research leading to books and journal articles.
  3. Teach and mentor PhD students in our Center for Missiological Research (CMR).
  4. Participate in appropriate professional conferences.
  5. Participate in the CMR colloquia, including presenting papers on current research.


Associate Professor; tenure-track; position available September 1, 2014.

Application Process

A letter of intent to apply and a curriculum vitae should be sent to Applicants should also send the names, email and phone number of three persons to be contacted for letters of reference.

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