Thursday, 14 August 2008

Westminster Theological Seminary: 4 Faculty Positions Available

Westminster Theological Seminary is currently seeking for candidates to fill four full-time, tenur-track, faculty positions in the Departments of New Testament, Old Testament, Systematic Theology, and Practical Theology.

For the Department of New Testament, WTS seeks to fill "a full-time, tenure-track position, effective July 1, 2009. The initial appointment is for three years. Responsibilities include teaching both M.Div. and M.A.R. courses and graduate-level (Th.M., Ph.D.) courses, mostly on the Philadelphia campus (14-16 semester hours per academic year). Applicants should have or be near to completing an earned doctorate in New Testament studies or a related discipline, and show strong evidence of potential for scholarly writing and effective teaching. Membership in a Reformed or Presbyterian denomination is required, and ordination or candidacy for ordination is highly desirable. The candidate's personal commitment to the Westminster Standards and to the Seminary's core values, as set out in its Mission Statement ( is required. Salary will be commensurate with rank."

Applicants should send a copy of their curriculum vitae, including names of two references, to

Dr. Carl R. Trueman,
Vice President for Academic Affairs,
Westminster Theological Seminary,
P.O. Box 27009,
Philadelphia, PA 19118

by December 1, 2008


Sze Zeng said...

Hi KY,

Perhaps you already know this... I'm skeptical of the combination of:

1) strong evidence of potential for scholarly writing...
2)The candidate's personal commitment to the Westminster Standards and to the Seminary's core values...

Possible meh? So far, that's not evident.

Steven Sim said...

why so many vacancies for scholars these days....

Steven Sim

Paul said...

I have been wondering the same thing ... why so many vacancies? Are lecturers disillusioned with seminary style education?

Also I was wondering whether traditional seminaries are losing popularity with people wanting to enter into full time vocational ministry?

Is there any research done on the number of seminaries (in say USA) and how they are doing financially? (esp the less well known ones ...)

OOpppsss off topic ... sorry :-)

Kar Yong said...

Hi Sze Zeng,
I think you still can balance the two. But that would mean your scholarship will be somehow limited to the boundary that has been set.

Some great giants of WTS has published significant works such as Machen, Silva, Palmer Robertson, and Stonehouse. Some of their works have also influenced me.

Kar Yong said...

Hi Steven,
I think the summer season is the time where many positions are advertised. That is because it is the end of the academic year, which means it is also time for faculty movement. Plus this is the season where many fresh PhDs would have received their scrolls, and are looking for jobs.

But I am a bit surprised at the number of NT positions currently available. I can only imagine that there would be hundreds of applicants seeking for these positions.

Kar Yong said...

Hi Paul,
I think both the seminaries and Theology Departments in Universities are also looking for people.

For your other questions, I am afraid that I don't have any answers. But I am wondering also whether international intake would have been affected over the past few years.

From what some of my friends told me, it seems that some seminaries have ceased or are now offiring limited financial aid to international students. Perhaps this could be an indication of the drop of financial support? Just pure speculation.

sp lim said...

Kar Yong,

Allow me to add to your list of WTS giants, John Murray. So far no other book has helped me appreciate God's saving work more than his small volume, 'Redemption Accomplished & Applied'

Kar Yong said...

Hi SP,
Thanks for the input! Murray's was one of the textbooks for my systematic theology class.