The Iliff School of Theology educates and develops leaders with courageous theological imaginations and is committed to social justice, inclusiveness, and multiple diversities. The Board, faculty, staff, students, and alumni invite applications, nominations, and expressions of interest in their pursuit to identify a remarkable leader who will embrace, support, and advance this commitment.
For more than 125 years, Iliff has been at the forefront of theological education. It is recognized nationally and internationally for its emphasis on peace, justice, and ethics. Founded in 1892 by Colorado Seminary (now the University of Denver), and incorporated as an independent institution in 1903, Iliff has been on the forefront of graduate theological education. One of 13 theological schools of the United Methodist Church in the United States, Iliff serves more than 30 denominations and faith traditions. As one of the best theological schools in the nation, Iliff offers a diverse community in a beautiful Denver, Colorado, setting that is supportive, challenging, progressive, and enriching for students.
Since 1892, Iliff students have learned from a variety of experiences inside and outside of the traditional academic classroom that help them encounter the world with imagination and courage. Iliff is a place to question and learn about the issues that face the world, where dialogue is important. Iliff students find an internationally renowned faculty and a rich combination of rigorous academics and experiences that help them lead in life’s journey, whether in the traditional classroom or in online or hybrid courses. The school serves online students from 44 states. Iliff’s ecumenical, multi-ethnic faculty brings a wealth of experience to students and provides an educational resource unique to Iliff. Iliff’s faculty is active in church leadership, scholastic research, and publishing, as well as in social and community service. Iliff also utilizes the rich resources of adjunct faculty from across the United States and hosts visiting faculty from around the world.
Iliff cultivates compassion and justice through courageous imagination. Iliffians are activists, servant leaders, and innovators in diverse religious, secular, and academic communities. As of fall quarter 2021, 73% of Iliff’s students identify as Christian. While 36% of the school’s students identify as members of the United Methodist Church, Iliff has students from 35 denominations and religions. Iliff recognizes that its 35% LGBTQIA+ and 18% racially/ethnically diverse student body, 45% racially/ethnically diverse faculty, and 23% racially/ethnically diverse staff does not yet reflect the dynamic diversity the community envisions.
Preferred Qualifications: Iliff seeks a leader with a personal and dedicated commitment to Iliff’s commitments. The ideal candidate will have an earned terminal degree, preferably in theology or theological education, or a compelling equivalent combination of education and experience, with progressive and successful leadership in the academy or in religious, societal, social justice, or humanitarian endeavors. A full list of preferred qualifications can be found in the profile for the search at the link above.
How to Apply: Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a CV, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:
The position is open until filled but only applications received by Tuesday, February 14, 2023, can be assured full consideration. Iliff is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at Ann.Hasselmo@academicsearch.org and Chris Butler at Chris.Butler@academicsearch.org. Further information about the Iliff School of Theology is available at https://www.iliff.edu/. The salary range for the position is $175,000 – $225,000.
Iliff School of Theology is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It actively seeks and encourages nominations and expressions of interest from members of underrepresented populations.