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Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) invites nominations and applications for the position of Academic Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Who We Are

ETS is celebrating its 60th year of service in the Metropolitan Detroit Area.  ETS is a truly ecumenical institution that welcomes students from all Christian traditions.  As the only fully-accredited seminary of the Protestant tradition within the City of Detroit, ETS serves students from a wide variety of religious, cultural, ethnic and racial communities.  ETS also embraces inter-faith dialog and cooperation.  The seminary is an independent institution that has no official denominational affiliation; yet, our students experience an educational environment that is rich with diversity of all forms.

ETS began as the Institute for Advanced Pastoral Studies (IAPS) in 1957.  IAPS was the first ecumenical continuing education center for clergy in the nation.  Later, IAPS merged with the Ecumenical Theological Center.  From that merger the Ecumenical Theological Seminary evolved.  The seminary began its life in the exclusive suburbs of Detroit.  Today, ETS is located in the Midtown area of Detroit where exponential economic development is taking place.  As a theological school that considers the issues of justice as a core focus, our challenge is to be the place in our community that celebrates the rebirth of economic growth.  That growth brings the additional challenge of giving voice to those who are on the outer margins of that success.

We offer the following degrees:  Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM) and Doctor of Ministry.  We also offer the graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and the Urban Ministry Diploma.

ETS is blessed with a very gifted group of faculty persons who serve as Full-time, Regular and Adjunct Faculty.  In September of 2017, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Harris became its sixth president. Ecumenical Theological Seminary is fully accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean (VPAA)

Job Description

The VPAA reports to the president and coordinates the academic services and degree programs of the seminary with the assistance of a support team. He or she works as a member of the seminary’s leadership team along with the President and the Vice President of Administration. He or she coordinates the meetings of Academic Council and Faculty, participates as a liaison officer with the Academic Affairs Committee of the ETS Board of Directors.

Duties and Responsibilities


PhD or its equivalent (ThD, EdD, DMin)

MDiv or Equivalent Preferred


Three Letters of Recommendation (Academic Activities)

Academic Administration Experience


Program Development and Delivery

  • Establish and maintain

Visionary Leadership to entire ETS Community

Consistent Academic Program Direction

New Academic Programs

Academic Policies

Effective working relationship with staff, faculty, students, and larger community

Academic Records


  • Direct and Coordinate

Implementation of Academic Aspects of Strategic Plan

Bi-monthly Faculty Meetings

Bi-monthly Academic Council Meetings

Faculty Standing Committees

Curriculum Development and Evaluation

Academic Assessment Efforts

Search Committees for Academic Positions

Catalog Revisions

Annual Academic Reports

Collaborative efforts with other institutions


  • Oversee and Evaluate

Coordinator of Academic Initiatives

Assistant(s) to the Dean

Academic Programs and Program Directors

Library-Related Activities

Office of Registrar

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

Teaching Faculty

Teaching Load for Individual Faculty Members

Technology-based Education and Educational Efforts

Academic Grants


  • Advise

Program Directors with regard to:

  • Schedules
  • Adjunct Professors
  • New Course Development
  • Library-related issues
  • Registrar
  • Director of Admissions
  • Director of Grants


  • Serve as Liaison Officer

With accrediting agency in academic affairs

With development of all consortia agreements with other educational institutions

With Academic Affairs Committee of the ETS Board


  • Participate in

ETS Faculty Activities

Various ETS Faculty and Staff Committees, both standing and ad hoc

ATS events for Chief Academic Officers


Administration and Academic Human Resource Management

  • Maintain Effective working relationships with staff, faculty, students and larger community
  • Faculty (Regular & Academic) Personnel Files
  • Oversee and Evaluate

Academic Programs and Program Directors

Yearly Promotion Process for eligible faculty

Library Issues/Activities

Office of the Registrar & Academic Support

Director of Admissions

Grant Writing


  • Serve as

Liaison Officer with various constituencies

Chief Administrative Officer in the absence of the President and Vice-President of


  • Participate in

Staff meetings

Senior Administrative meetings

Development of Seminary Newsletter

Activities as needed


Community Relations

  • Participate or direct collaborative efforts with other institutions


Greater Detroit Area Consortium

Gospel Against AIDS

Underground Railroad Project

Various Academic Institutions in the Greater Detroit Area

Covenant Collaboration with other seminaries

  • ETS Representative

At various functions held at ETS

At various functions held off campus


Financial Management and Legal Compliance

  • Oversee and Evaluate

Yearly Academic Budget

Academic Grant Expenditures

Regular Faculty Salary Contracts

Adjunct Salary Contracts

Academic Grant Proposals

Yearly Academic Budget

Academic Expenditures


Board Relations

  • Serve as Liaison Officer with Academic Affairs Committee of the Board
  • Participate in

Executive Committee of the ETS Board meetings

ETS Board meetings

Academic Affairs Committee of the Board


  • Advise

ETS President and Board of Directors on academic matters

  • Academic Affairs Committee of the Board


Professional Development

Attend CAOS, ATS, AAR and ATFE meetings as possible



Office of the President  ([email protected])

ATTN:  Dr. Kenneth E. Harris and Ms. Barbara Pye