Qualified men and women are invited to apply for a full-time Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowship in Speech Communication in Ministry. The purpose of this Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship is to assist the regular faculty in delivering the curriculum in the above named area of the Practical Theology department.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills in teaching, course planning and syllabus design in the well-resourced environment of Princeton Theological Seminary, a graduate theological school in the Reformed tradition embracing the breadth of communions represented in the worldwide church.  The term of appointment is two years, with the first contract year to begin July 1, 2014. 

The successful candidate will participate with the regular faculty to teach in the Master of Divinity program at the introductory level of speech communication in ministry, with the possibility of a course in preaching or worship given other faculty configurations.  Free of committee work or departmental responsibilities, she or he will be supported by an exceptional theological library, access to the library of Princeton University, a full range of teaching resources, and a practical theological faculty that excels in both pedagogy and scholarship. 


Teach at least six hours per semester in Introduction to Speech Communication in Ministry I and II, a course required of all Master’s degree students with regular consultation with faculty on pedagogy, course development, and syllabus design, plus possibly an additional course. Given the areas of expertise of the successful candidate, there is a possibility for a couple hours of the introductory course to be exchanged for an elective or advanced course. 


  • Completion of the Ph.D. or equivalent, or letter from the Academic Dean of the degree-conferring institution confirming that such degree will be awarded by the time the fellowship commences. 
  • Academic training and experience sufficient to teach speech at the graduate theological level. 
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in effective, creative teaching with sensitivity toward a diverse academic community. 
  • Knowledge of contemporary theory in speech performance for ministry, homiletical theory and practice, and/or theory, theology, and practice of worship. 
  • Scholarly contributions commensurate with the candidate’s experience. 
  • Commitment to the faith and mission of the church; parish experience valued, but not required. 
  • Demonstrated competence as a preacher highly valued. 
  • Sufficient knowledge and appreciation of the Reformed tradition to work effectively in a seminary identified with the Reformed tradition, yet hospitable to, and knowledgeable about, diverse denominational and ecclesial contexts. 

Compensation  [To be supplied by administration.]  

As Princeton Theological Seminary is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), all faculty are expected to be able to work constructively within a theological environment informed by the Reformed tradition. 

Applicants are required to apply online at https://tns-apps.ptsem.edu/FacultyApplicationSpeech/

Applicants must provide a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and detailed descriptions of two proposed courses (one introductory course, and the other in an area of specialization). Three confidential recommendation letters are also required.  Applicants request all references through the online application where complete instructions will be found.  Review of applications will begin on Monday, March 17.  The application deadline is April 15, 2014

Princeton Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.