Assistant Director for Sun-Walking Fellowship Grant


Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary invites applications and nominations for a post-doctoral faculty position in practical theology who will serve as Assistant Director for the Sun-Walking Fellowship Grant (4-year contract – 2023-2027), a program that endeavors to strengthen congregational ministry with youth through communal art. The successful candidate should hold a PhD, or be ready to defend their dissertation in a field related to practical theology, with a focus in religious education or youth ministry highly desired. This colleague should be committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship and be interested in the constructive interpretation of Christian faith and life in conversation with other disciplines. The candidate will teach a series of required MDiv courses, with the opportunity of teaching another course in their area of interest.

Organizational Relationship:

The Assistant Director reports to the Sun-Walking Fellowship Grant Director.


As Assistant Director for the Sun-Walking Fellowship, this colleague with work with the Project Director, who is also the Director of Field Education, to plan, implement, and assess the Grant program, as well as the seminary’s Field Education program. Together, they will:

  1. plan and implement meetings, retreats, and yearly events for the congregations participating in the project;
  2. analyze and assess data about the effectiveness and impact of the project’s activities, and
  3. create resource materials for Fellowship cohort participants and for the wider public. The Assistant Director will also provide Field Education advising and placement guidance for MDiv students who matriculate during their service with the seminary. The Project Director will serve as the Assistant Director’s supervisor and faculty mentor.

The learning community of Louisville Seminary is characterized by vibrant student-faculty interaction and transformative practical training opportunities. A theological school of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville Seminary is committed to growing as a multicultural and antiracist place of learning and living and deepening ecumenical and interreligious learning. Our Presbyterian heritage informs our commitment to social justice regarding race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ecology as we carry out our mission of preparing people to participate in the redemptive ministry of Jesus Christ in a pluralistic world.

Qualifications and Desired Qualities:

A Ph.D. or Th.D. in practical theology, or readiness to complete a doctoral defense required, with religious education or youth ministry specialization highly desired.

To Apply:

All applications must include a:

Letter of application
Curriculum vitae

Supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, will be requested later in the search process.

Send these materials electronically to:

Prof. Marcus A. Hong, Search Committee Chair
c/o Ms. Jean Newman

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications must be received by February 24, 2023.


Louisville Seminary offers a full range of benefits, including professional development assistance and health insurance.

Pre-employment Conditions:

To ensure a safe learning environment for students and staff, as a condition of employment the selected candidate will need to provide proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencement of employment or an approved exemption and reasonable accommodation.

A background screening is required.

About Louisville Seminary:

Founded in 1853, Louisville Seminary offers an inclusive and diverse learning community, welcoming students from wide ecumenical backgrounds while maintaining its long, historic commitment to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Louisville Seminary is led by the Holy Spirit to educate people to proclaim the Gospel, to care for all, and to work for justice in communities everywhere. It is distinguished by its nationally-recognized marriage and family therapy and field education programs, its black church studies program, the scholarship and church service among its faculty, and a commitment to training women and men to participate in the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ. For more information, call (800) 264-1839 or log onto

Louisville Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability.