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Assistant Professor of Theology & Ethics

George Fox University - Faculty Newberg, OR

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

George Fox University announces a tenure-track faculty position in Theology & Ethics who will also serve as program director for the University's new focus on Character Virtue, to begin in August 2021. The University is looking for a promising early-career scholar, teacher, and public intellectual to design and launch the University's new signature required ethics course (focused on the virtue of love) in the Cornerstone Core Curriculum, to develop new character virtue formation and evaluation tools, and to build on and collaborate with the School's existing strengths in the areas of Theology, Philosophy, Biblical Studies, and Christian Ministries. The candidate must possess broad training in theology and ethics, and ideally have special capacity in one or more of these areas: the virtue of love, the relation of character virtue to professional preparation, and the evaluation and assessment of character growth.

George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Professors teach all truth as God's truth, integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ, bringing the divine revelations through sense, reason, tradition, and intuition to the confirming test of Scripture. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University is an institution that values diversity as an essential dimension of God's design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our faculty.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate will have a 24-credit load divided between teaching 18 credits a year in the School of Theology and 6 credits of administrating the character evaluation initiatives in the Cornerstone Core Curriculum and professional programs on campus.
  • Candidate will teach courses within the curriculum of the School of Theology: 9 credits of Ethics (THEO 380) and 9 credits within the Theology Major (e.g. Theology I, Theology II, Public Theology, Apologetics, etc.).
  • Candidate will participate in the broader academic life of the university and the normal tenure review and promotion process.
  • Candidate is expected to develop and sustain an ongoing program of relevant scholarship.
  • Candidate will participate in the work of the college and the university, including advising, mentoring, and serving on university committees as needed.


  • Candidate will have broad knowledge of Christian ethics, virtue ethics, and the history of Christian thought and practice.
  • Ph.D. in Theology & Ethics; Ideally candidate will have further specialization in the virtue of love, character and professional life, and/or the evaluation of character growth. Candidates who are A.B.D. in a Ph.D. program will be considered but must have earned the Ph.D. by the time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching both online and in-person and in lecturing and text-based discussion.
  • A promising record of relevant scholarship appropriate to stage of career.
  • A commitment to working with a diverse population of students is essential; demonstrated experience in this area is preferred.
  • A commitment to nurturing the faith and moral growth of all students at the University.
  • All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and be an active participant in a local church. In addition, professors agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith.
  • Candidates must have legal authority to permanently work in the U.S. When employed by George Fox University, employees must be a resident of one of the following states: Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, New York, Ohio, or Texas.

Salary and Rank

Appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated, though candidates with significant teaching experience at previous institutions may be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor. Salary and benefits are competitive with comparable institutions.

Application Procedures apply only through this website

When completing the online application, please upload the following as Word or .pdf documents in the section marked Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and Essay Requirement:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Faith and learning essay*

Other supporting materials may be requested at a later stage of the review process.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at once. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled

Questions may be directed to: Joseph Clair, Executive Dean of the Cultural Enterprise ( and Sarita Edwards, Director of the School of Theology (

*INTEGRATION OF FAITH AND LEARNING ESSAY George Fox University is committed to the idea that one of the primary responsibilities of Christian higher education is to help students develop a uniquely Christian worldview. As teachers and mentors, it is important for George Fox University faculty members to integrate Christian faith and principles in all aspects of their lives. As an essential part of the application process, the University will carefully consider your response to the following: In a one-page essay (about 300 words) describe your personal Christian faith, as well as how your faith informs your teaching, scholarship, and service (including service and leadership in your church and/or in Christian ministries).

George Fox University - Faculty


Newberg, OR
97132 USA



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