The Director of Contextual Education position gives focused attention to the wholistic formation of students as church leaders in mutual collaboration with congregations, synods, and agencies where students are engaged in contextual teaching and learning. This position involves stewardship of the formation process in accordance with the Auburn Studies report on “Learning Pastoral Imagination” . To accomplish this work, the Director of Contextual Education will work together with faculty and staff to develop clear criteria and high standards in the recruitment of sites and to oversee a robust process for training supervisors and mentors, who serve as key partners of the Wartburg Seminary teaching and learning community.
Reporting to the Academic Dean, the Director of Contextual Education will be responsible for five major areas of work related to Contextual Education: initiation and stewardship of collaborative partner relationships through the MDiv-Collaborative program; MDiv and TEEM Internships; Deacon Internships; Clinical Pastoral Education and the Clinical Program of Wartburg; and the Fieldwork courses in the Masters curriculum. The Director of Contextual Education administers the MDiv-Collaborative program with oversight from the Vice President for Admissions and Student Services. Specific responsibilities are named below, all contributing to the overall purpose of wholistic formation in partnership with others.