Adjuncting in the Pacific Northwest

SPUThough I grew up in Oregon it’s been nearly 15 years since I last lived here.  Moving our family back from Aberdeen, Scotland at the end of 2012 certainly been a significant homecoming — in more ways than one.

While I continue to surf the job market for full-time employment in higher education, I am of course doing what every self-respecting recent graduate does: trying to get work adjuncting.  There are a decent number of Christian institutions in the Pacific Northwest, so I’ve been knocking on doors.

During the winter quarter I’ve been blessed to return home to my undergraduate alma mater, and teach an introduction to theology course at Seattle Pacific University.  UFDN 3100 is a foundations course required of all undergraduates at this Free Methodist liberal arts college, and my class this term was filled with 50 non-majors from across the university’s disciplines: psychology students, biologists, music majors, and many more.  The course is wrapping up now (only final exams left to grade), and it has been extraordinarily rewarding.

I had planned to try for more work in the fall, but circumstances have allowed me to step right into another very exciting role.  Starting April 1 I’ll teach a course in systematic theology for the spring quarter at Fuller Theological Seminary.  The Northwest extension campus is here in Seattle (actually just down the block from SPU).  This course, on ecclesiology and eschatology, is the third in fuller’s sequence of basic ST courses.  With a full-time position still waiting down the road, I’m hoping to stay on with Fuller next school year.  It’s a tremendous institution that is certainly unparalleled on the West Coast, and I’m thrilled to be a part of its work training ministers for the service of the gospel.

All that, and I’ve just signed my first publishing contract for a new book project (more on that later).  2013 is turning out to be an exciting year!