Dean of Wesley Seminary

Institution Name: 
Indiana Wesleyan University
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Job Description:
Serve as strategic academic leader of the seminary by providing leadership for the faculty and assistant dean in terms of program development, accreditation self-study, curriculum, assessment, teaching, scholarship, and service. The Dean will serve on various university academic committees and with leaders of other IWU academic and operational units to achieve the University’s mission. The Dean will be a member of The Wesleyan Church denomination.


  • Provide direct oversight for all academic and administrative matters concerning the development of seminary programs.
  • Work closely with the Seminary President to fulfill the vision of the Seminary, the University Provost to support the academic structure of the university, and embrace the university’s understanding of shared governance.
  • Lead the faculty in strategic planning and monitor the process to further the seminary’s mission in teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Supervise the process of seeking, achieving, and maintaining all necessary program accreditation.
  • Ensure that the faculty is involved with professional development and other scholarly activity.
  • Oversee faculty yearly reviews and faculty rank improvement process.
  • Assist in the development of the curricular portion of the budget and provide oversight and responsibility for budget maintenance.
  • Lead the seminary’s strategic plan related to curriculum and serve as a member of the Strategic Advisory Council (SAC).
  • Provide leadership in grant writing and other fundraising support for school programs.
  • Serve on and chair various Seminary committees and represent the Seminary on various University committees.
  • Serve as liaison to the Wesleyan Denomination and represent Wesley Seminary at church related events.
  • Teaching within the seminary as needed.


  • Demonstrates a mature personal faith in Jesus Christ and willingly embraces the theological and lifestyle commitments of The Wesleyan Church.
  • Capable of exercising mature spiritual leadership in all aspects of the development and administration of the Seminary.
  • Earned Doctorate in a seminary discipline.
  • Ordination in the Wesleyan Church or willingness to transfer credentials.
  • Two years of relevant administrative experience preferred.
  • Evidence of excellent teaching, service, and scholarly attainment.
  • According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy, all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.

Contact Name: 
Melinda Troyer
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Address Line 1: 
4201 South Washington Street
City State Zip/Postal Code: 
Marion, IN 46953
United States