Opening: History Dept, Full-time faculty position (Bethel U)

Bethel University. Photo used with permission.

Bethel University. Photo used with permission.

Updated Job Announcement: Application is open. The position will now begin Fall 2016.

Bethel University (MN) is seeking to fill a full-time faculty position in the Department of History, as a three-year appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences starting Fall 2015. Successful candidates must possess: the expertise, vision, and leadership necessary to design and implement a new undergraduate major in digital humanities; demonstrated teaching ability in ancient and medieval history; strong commitment to the educational mission and evangelical Christian orientation of the university; and demonstrated ability to contribute to Bethel’s anti-racism efforts and cross-cultural understanding. Teaching responsibilities amount to seven courses or equivalents per year: courses in digital humanities, ancient and medieval history, and a team-taught course in Bethel’s general education curriculum; coordination of the digital humanities major, including course development, student recruiting, internship supervision, and grant writing. General faculty responsibilities include student advising as well as department and committee assignments.

To learn more about the position, see

To begin the application process, visit the position announcement at the Bethel employment page: Priority will be given to applications completed by April 7, 2015.

Bethel University is a leader in Christ-centered higher education with approximately 6,300 students from 48 states and 32 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs. Bethel employs qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, or disability. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

The Pietist Vision of Higher Education

The Pietist Vision of Higher Education

Editor’s note: Thank-you to Christopher Gehrz, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of History, Co-coordinator, Christianity and Western Culture program, for bringing this opening to ESN’s attention. Later in the term, I hope to connect further with Chris. In particular I desire to interview him regarding The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education Forming Whole and Holy Persons (2014), a publication he edited for InterVarsity Press. If you’re in South Central PA, I encourage you to join me in hearing Chris present on Does Pietism Offer a ‘Usable Past’ to Churches Today? at Messiah College (April 30, 7 pm).

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Tom Grosh IV

Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the South Central PA Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). The Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine is the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!

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