Samford accepting applications for Beeson dean

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Samford accepting applications for Beeson dean

Samford University is accepting applications for the position of Dean of Beeson Divinity School.

The dean provides theological, academic and administrative leadership for Beeson Divinity School, an interdenominational divinity school embedded within Samford University, a Baptist university. The mission of Beeson Divinity School is to prepare God-called persons to serve as ministers in the Church of Jesus Christ by providing quality theological education from an explicitly evangelical perspective. Beeson’s faculty includes representatives of diverse denominational commitments, including chairs dedicated to the Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian traditions.

The Dean of Beeson Divinity School oversees and assesses all aspects of academic programming, the divinity school faculty, selected divinity school officers, and the directors of internal programs of the divinity school. The dean also represents the divinity school to its key constituents — churches, alumni, friends, donors and guests.

Candidates for the position of dean must hold a doctorate in a classical theological field such as theology, church history or biblical studies; sincerely embrace evangelical Protestant Christianity; be devoted to the tradition of orthodox theological reflection; and be committed to ecumenical relations with other orthodox Christian traditions.

Requirements also include relevant teaching and pastoral experience, superlative oral and written communications skills, publication in relevant fields and a record of demonstrated effectiveness in theological administration. Specific duties include hiring, budgeting, curriculum development, preparing and delivering annual reports, serving on university committees and other duties as outlined by the university. The Dean of Beeson Divinity School reports to the provost of Samford University.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vita with names and contact information of five references, a description of teaching and leadership experience, as well as research interests and activities. Applicants must also complete an “Application for Faculty Position” and the “Statement of Educational Philosophy and Theological Convictions”.

Review of applications will begin January 15 and will continue until the position is filled. The new dean will begin in August 2019.

To be considered for this position candidates must submit a complete application with all materials in PDF format to Please put in the subject line Attn: Co-chairs of the Beeson Dean Search Committee at Samford University.

Nominations and inquires may be directed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Dr. Frank Thielman ( and Dr. Roy Ciampa ( (Samford)

UPDATE – Position has been filled