Employment Opportunity: Faculty in Religion and Philosophy - Fall 2018

Department Statement

The School of Theology and Christian Ministries at Northwest Nazarene University has a respected tradition of service to the institution, the denomination, the region, and the communities of southwest Idaho. The School consists of the undergraduate Department of Philosophy and Religion (which services the general education program of the University and offers several academic majors: Philosophy, Philosophy/Religion, Christian Ministry, Intercultural Ministries, Youth Ministries, and Biblical Studies) and the graduate Department of Theology and Christian Ministries (which offers fully online Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees in Spiritual Formation; Youth, Children, and Family Ministries; Pastoral Ministry; and Missional Leadership). The School presently consists of ten full-time faculty members who are actively engaged in both academic research and church ministry.

Description of Position

The School of Theology and Christian Ministries of Northwest Nazarene University is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty member (Professor of Religion and Philosophy, rank open) to begin in the Fall of 2018. This position will include courses in two of the following academic disciplines - - philosophy, church history, intercultural studies, and theology- -that reflect the candidate’s expertise and interests. The position will include a variety of courses (general education, major, and online graduate) in both traditional and online modalities that reflect the dimensions of the School’s curricula, along with academic advising and other faculty responsibilities within the University and School. Northwest Nazarene University is sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene and seeks to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. All those interested are encouraged to apply and will be evaluated equitably. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants are preferred to possess a completed Ph.D. in one of the disciplines stated above (although ABD will be considered), with significant graduate-level work in one of the second disciplines. Strong candidates will have a proven track record in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, understand teaching ministry as a Christian vocation, and demonstrate active engagement and contribution to theological scholarship through publication and academic service. Candidates need to be ordained ministers in the Church of the Nazarene (or be willing to pursue ordination) and have ministry experience. The University and School require that all candidates approach theology from a Wesleyan theological perspective, be in agreement with the mission and doctrines of the Church of the Nazarene, agree to live within the mission and lifestyle values of NNU, be willing to help advance the mission and vision of the University, and be an active participant in the Church of the Nazarene.


The salary will be determined by the educational background and experience of each applicant. Full-time faculty will be offered access to a benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance for employee and family, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending plan, tuition benefits for employee and dependents, opportunities for professional development, sabbatical experiences, and a retirement program.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, a complete application must be received, including all of the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Application form
  • Curriculum vita
  • Responses to the NNU Christian Mission
  • Statement describing your philosophy of Christian higher education
  • Statement describing your philosophy of teaching
  • Two reference letters from professional associates
  • Letter of reference from current pastor
  • Transcripts (unofficial acceptable for the hiring process, official required upon hire)
Send, fax or email completed application packet to:
Human Resources
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID  83686
Phone: (208) 467-8036
Fax: (208) 467-8587
Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until position is filled. The start date for this position is Fall of 2018.

Employment at Northwest Nazarene University is contingent upon the results of an independent background check.

Posted Mar 01, 2017

Northwest Nazarene University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an educational institution operating under the auspices of the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Sections 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended).