Seminary Professor of Western Philosophy, Church History, Contemporary Theology - Jamaica

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-695704
    • Job Location: Kingston, JAM
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 01, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: July 14, 2020
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Job Description:


  • Kingston, Jamaica

Assignment Includes:

  • Teach in the Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Programs
  • Serve as academic advisor to students
  • Serve as chief pastor to students, especially those who identify as Lutheran
  • Serve on faculty sub-committees, such as the academic sub-committee, Community Affairs, etc.
  • Produce academic papers to share in the College's writing, research and publication agenda
  • Interpret the mission and ministry of our companions back to the ELCA through newsletters, blogs, and visits to ELCA congregations and members.

Site Information:

The United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) has been described as "the most significant venture in Caribbean ecumenism to date". The matrix of the College goes back much further than the date of its dedication on Wednesday, April 27, 1966. Indeed, the Caribbean has not only had a long history of theological education and ministerial training, but also an almost equally long one in ecumenical and co-operative ventures in preparing candidates for the ordained ministry.

From the very beginning, the College entered into a working relationship with the University of the West Indies and was established as the Department of Theology in the Faculty of Arts and General Studies (now Arts and Education). Since its inception, over 900 Christian leaders, trained by the Institution, have received a greater understanding of the beliefs, worship and traditions of the various denominations. Academically, the graduates have excelled, fulfilling their roles as Pastors, Priests, Deaconesses and lay-persons throughout the region and beyond.

UTCWI is first and foremost, a seminary to which participating Churches send candidates whom they have selected with a view to ordination for training. Many students also come to study at the UTCWI from non-participating communions. It is supported and maintained by the participating Churches all of which are indigenous. It receives no government subsidy. Its recurrent expenditure is met by the Churches, contributions from overseas donors and by fees from independent students.

Experience and Skills:

  • PhD in the Area Philosophy or Church History or related field
  • Knowledge, formation and research in History, Contemporary Christianity, and/or Philosophy
  • Minimum of 2 years of teaching, research, and full-time service in a teaching institution preferred
  • Experience advising and supervising students' research preferred
  • Qualified publications in books and periodical of the work area
  • Knowledge and experience in ecclesiastical ministry are desirable

Terms and Conditions

This position is supported under the terms of ELCA Global Mission Expectations and Support for Long Term Global Personnel. Those provisions include: international transportation, transportation related to work assignment, pensions and major medical coverage, assistance with schooling for children through high school, housing and cash salary which is adjusted according to the goods and services differential for Jamaica.

If Candidate is Married

Both must complete an application for this position, even if the spouse will not be fulfilling a specific role in the ministry. In the context of global mission service, a spouse is seen as a representative of the ELCA and of the receiving church regardless of their actual role. It is important for the ELCA that both members of a couple understand the role of missionary and are comfortable with that reality. In addition, an accompanying spouse receives an appointment to service by the ELCA and the support package for mission personnel includes compensation for an accompanying spouse.

General Qualifications for ELCA Global Personnel

  • Christian faith and a commitment to the mission of the church
  • Openness to various expressions of Christian faith and respect for people of other faiths
  • Respect for beliefs, values and customs of church and culture where assigned
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills demonstrating understanding and compassion
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out the responsibilities and the ability to adapt to different standards and practices
  • Ability to work within the framework of a local administration
  • Adaptable and flexible - sense of humor - good physical and emotional health
  • Live and serve in a way which reflects the vision and expectations of the ELCA