Africa University, a Pan-African and United Methodist-Related Institution in Zimbabwe, invites applications from suitable qualified and well experienced persons to fill the following strategic position:
JAMES M. WALKER CHAIR: DIRECTOR FOR THE INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
The Institute of Theology and Religious Studies is a key academic unit of Africa University’s College of Social Sciences, Theology, Humanities and Education. It is envisioned that the Institute will embody a new and creative approach to theological and religious studies at Africa University and be the premier institution on the continent for the study of Theology and its distinctive ministerial practices and African religions.
The successful candidate will be an accomplished academic leader and administrator with teaching and research experience at Senior Lecturer or Professorial level and will have demonstrated ability to provide leadership and future direction for the Institute including setting an agenda for further research and study on Theology and Religious Studies. In addition to teaching and research, the Director will lead the Institute in offering service, both within the University and in the larger church and community including serving and chairing selected Committees of the University.
Applicants should have the following qualifications and attributes:
- A PhD and Masters in Theology and or Religious studies.
- Specialization and experience in Pastoral Care Education or relevant field would be an added advantage.
- Be able to teach in English; the ability to read and speak either in French or Portuguese would be an advantage.
- Be competent to teach at undergraduate and graduate levels online including development of programmes and learning materials.
- Be competent to teach in another area of theological studies in addition to evangelism
- Familiarity with the United Methodist polity, Wesleyan history and theology, and evangelism programmes in the African Episcopal Areas of the United Methodist Church would be an advantage.
- Be a creative and dynamic administrator, with strong leadership skills, solid experience in and knowledge of both the church and academia and be a fundraiser
- Ability to teach on-line.
- Provide leadership for the overall running of the Institute.
- Developing and teaching courses in several of the degree programs of the Institute and College
- Take a leading role in resource mobilization through grant writing for research and innovative projects
- Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels with particular attention to the African context;
- Participate in curriculum review of current programmes and develop new programmes;
- Participate in all University activities as a member of the College of Social Sciences, Theology, Humanities and Education.
- Conduct cutting edge research in the area of Theology and Evangelism and publish the findings.
- Organize academic workshops, seminars and conferences.
- Engage in frontier research in the field.
- Produce published scholarship to enhance the visibility of the College and the University.
Applications together with six (6) copies of Curriculum vitae, certified copies and certificates, academic transcripts and at least three names of referees with their e-mail, phone numbers and postal addresses should be forwarded to:
Assistant Registrar – Human Resources and Administration
P. O. Box 1320
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*NB: The closing date for applications is 15 April 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be responded to.