SWAU Career Opportunities

About Our Open Roles

Southwestern Adventist University is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian institution. All candidates must embrace the mission, purpose, and vision of Southwestern Adventist University. The University is committed to Equal Employment Opportunities for all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status in its hiring and employment practices. The University does; however, exercise its constitutional and statutory rights as a religious organization and employer to give preference to members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As such, full-time faculty and staff are to be members in good and regular standing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Office of the Registrar

The University is accepting applicants for the role of Director, Office of the Registrar. 

The Director will be responsible for the overall operational activities of the Records Office. These activities include ensuring the integrity, security and privacy of all academic records, graduation certification, production of diplomas and transcripts, enrollment verifications, degree verifications, FERPA-related issues, withdrawal process, transcript requests, and grading.  The Director should possess sound knowledge of veterans’ affairs and international student advising, to include the F1 student Visa process.

Additional requirements for role include -

  • Master’s degree required in related field
  • Previous experience in a records or registrar’s office
  • Familiarity with college organizational structure, curriculum, degree requirements, and grading system
  • Knowledge of Veterans Educational Assistance programs helpful

Candidates should send their cover letter and resume to Dr. Donna Berkner (dberkner@swau.edu), Vice President for Academic Administration.

Department of Business Administration

The Department of Business Administration is currently accepting applications for one full-time faculty position. For this role, expertise in finance/economics is required and preference will be given to those who are qualified to teach in multiple areas.  Duties will include teaching undergraduate courses, directing student projects, advising, serving on University committees, and other duties as assigned.

Interested individuals should possess high proficiency and interest in teaching. Academic requirements include an earned doctorate in Business or related field from an accredited institution.  Master’s candidates with 18 graduate hours in the field(s) of Finance & Economics will also be considered.  Additional qualifications to teach in accounting or other areas are a plus. A record of, or strong evidence of potential for, scholarly activity is preferred. Scholarly activity, student advisement, and service are integral parts of this faculty position. Related business experience is desirable. Strong computer skills in various areas, including MS Office, social media, SPSS.

Candidate submissions should include a cover letter and CV to be sent to Genelle Martin (genelle@swau.edu), Director of Human Resources.

Office of Spiritual Development

The Office of Spiritual Development (SLAD) is accepting applications for the full-time role of Chaplain.  The Chaplin will be responsible for assisting the Vice President for Spiritual Development in creating an environment that is conducive to the spiritual growth of students and employees. The individual in this position should be a person of high integrity, well respected by both students and employees.  Ideally, the person in this position should be a positive Christian influence, organized, and be able to empower students to lead ministries on campus and in the community.

Candidates must have a strong commitment to Jesus Christ, the teachings and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church in good and regular standing, and have a desire to serve in a cooperative, spiritually redemptive, and soul-winning atmosphere.

In addition, candidates should possess a Bachelor’s degree in theology or religion. A Master’s of Divinity is preferred; Endorsed Seventh-day Adventist Chaplain certification is highly desired.

Candidates should reside in, and be authorized to work in the US.

Candidates with previous Pastoral and/or chaplain experience will be given preference.

Interested candidates should send their cover letter and CV to Russ Laughlin, Vice President for Spiritual Development at laughlinr@swau.edu

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Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing is accepting applications for an Office Manager/Clinical Coordinator.  This full-time role will support the Nursing Department faculty as well as current Nursing students as they move through the Nursing Program from acceptance to graduation and then to the successful completion of the Texas NCLEX.

Candidates should possess a four-year degree at a minimum; candidates with experience in higher education and/or experience in the Nursing field will be given preference.

Candidates may submit their cover letter and resume/CV to Dr. Kerrie Kimbrow, Department Chair of Nursing at kkimbrow@swau.edu

Vice President for Financial Administration

The Vice President for Financial Administration is the Chief Financial Officer for the University and is responsible for all Financial aspects of the University.  This role will oversee multiple departments and partner with their peers as they work together to create and execute the strategic goals and objectives of the University under the direct leadership of the President and the Board of Directors. 

Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting and a CPA are a mandatory requirement for this role. They should also have a minimum of five to seven years' relevant experience and demonstrated success in a senior level financial leadership position.

Cover letters and resumes are to be sent directly to Ana Patterson, University President at pattersonam@swau.edu.

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Department of English

The University's English Department has begun its search for one full-time faculty member.  Candidates should possess an earned Ph.D. in English.  Preference will be given to candidates who possess qualifications beyond American literature or rhetoric. Candidates with Honors Program experience is a plus.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the US.

Duties begin July 1, 2022 and we will be accepting applications through to April 30, 2022.

Candidate submissions should inlcude a cover letter and CV to be sent to Dr. Donna Berkner (dberkner@swau.edu), Vice President for Academic Administration. 

Department of Religion

The Department of Religion at Southwestern Adventist University invites applicants for a full-time teaching position in Systematical Theology.  The Religion department seeks to prepare Bible-centered pastors and other Christian leaders for ministry who are focused on the exposition of the Word of God. For this reason, the successful candidate should be supportive of the mission and message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as well as the mission of Southwestern Adventist University. The University seeks to offer a distinctive Adventist education and scholarly excellence that is founded on the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of education and its tagline: Knowledge, Faith and Service.

Some of the specific duties and responsibilities of the selected candidate will include the following: teach Christian Theology, EG White writings, SDA Church History, Ethics, and team teach Philosophy of Science for a total of 24 credit-hours per year in qualified disciplines • Develop and apply technology inside and outside the classroom • Use a Learning Management System (e.g., Canvas) to post syllabi, assignments, and grades • Submit midterm grades, final grades and attendance by scheduled deadlines • Hold weekly office hours • Participate in professional development.

Essential qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate a passion for ministry and student learning
  • Willing to be a part of and actively contribute to the team
  • Ability to teach lower and upper division courses in the area of Systematic Theology.

The preferred candidates will hold a Ph.D. degree, but candidates with a master’s degree (M.Div.) may be considered.  The successful candidate will also have strong denominational pastoral (5 years) experience. Preference will be given to candidates with undergrad teaching experience.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the US.

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 1, 2022.

A current CV with cover letter should be sent to Dr. Donna Berkner (dberkner@swau.edu), Vice President for Academic Administration.

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Office for University Advancement

The Office for University Advancement is accepting applicants for the following full-time roles -

Director of Marketing & Public Relations

This role is responsible for daily management of Marketing & Public Relations for the University.  He/She will partner with the Vice President for University Advancement to ensure the activities of the department contribute to the strategic objectives of the University.  Doing this successfully supports the University’s mission and generates broad external coverage of Southwestern Adventist University locally, regionally and nationally through connections with the University’s constituency, alumni, potential students, families, and the community. The Director will also be responsible for ensuring all internal departments are kept informed and up-to-date on the events being hosted by the University, raising the awareness of the department’s efforts while also encouraging internal support from the University.

Candidates should possess a four year degree in the relevant field, three to five year’s relevant experience, and prior experience in project management.  Cover letters and resumes should be sent directly to Tony Reyes, Vice President for University Advancement at treyes@swau.edu.

Director of Donor Relations & Annual Giving

The Director of Donor Relations & Annual Giving manages all areas related to gifts, pledge processing, and donor recognition.

This role manages the University’s Donor Program and ensures all gifts are allocated according to internal standard work and processes.  The planning and execution of donor recognition strategies is an imperative aspect of this role to create meaningful contact with donors and volunteers to keep the University Donor base up-to-date on campus life as well as to build meaningful relationships. 

The management of the University’s Annual Giving program is another main focus for this role.  The objective is to help enhance the understanding and support for the Southwestern Fund by planning and executing various campaigns, events, and projects throughout the academic year.

Candidates should possess a four-year degree, have experience in managing Gifts, and have a sound understanding of financial reports/budgeting to efficiently operate programs within the financial resources allocated to the function.  Preferred qualifications include experience in managing annual funds and proficiency in database management and MS Office suite.  Candidates who also possess experience in Raisers Edge or other donor management software may be given preference. 

Cover letters and resumes should be sent directly to Tony Reyes, Vice President for University Advancement at treyes@swau.edu.

Campus Safety

The Campus Safety Team is seeking a candidate for the part-time role of Patrol Officer.  This role is responsible for the nightly patrolling of the campus.  Other responsibilities include providing for the safety of the campus by responding to emergencies, requests for assistance, and the physical security of buildings and property.  

Candidates should -

  • Be available to work nights and weekends;
  • Be available for on-call responses to emergencies involving fire, occupational safety, environmental safety, or emergency management;
  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Have prior related experience;

Interested candidates may reach out to Matthew Agee directly at matthewagee@swau.edu.

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Dining Services

Dining Services is currently seeking candidates for the following part-time roles -

  • Weekend Shift Team Member
  • Team Member

Both roles will be assisting in various areas of the kitchen and dining room as needed.  Candidates with previous kitchen experience will be given preference. 

Candidates may reach out directly to Chef Sualua at stupolo@swau.edu.

Biological Sciences


The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking a Microbiologist to teach courses that contribute to the biological sciences curriculum for majors and non-majors. Teaching responsibilities will include General Biology I and Microbiology. The ability to teach parasitology and immunology will be an asset, as will the capability to develop a research program that involves undergraduates. 

This position will require the candidate to spend two-thirds of their time on teaching and research duties and one-third as a pre-professional advisor.  The pre-professional advisor role will involve student advising for health professions, coordinating visits from health professions schools, data collection for metrics on student retention and success. 

Qualified candidates would work to support transfer students and students considered at-risk. Applicants who are bilingual and hold a Ph.D. in a suitable area of Biological Sciences will be given preference. This position will begin on July 1.

Applied Ecologist

The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking an Applied Ecologist to teach courses that contribute to the biological sciences curriculum for the Ecology and Conservation Emphasis. The successful candidate will teach courses in GIS, Environmental Science, and Soil Science, as well as develop courses in his or her specialty, perhaps but not limited to ecological modeling and landscape ecology or management.  The ability to teach environmental law and policy would be an asset.  The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop a research program that includes undergraduate students.   

Qualified candidates would work to support transfer students and students considered at-risk. Applicants who are bilingual and hold a Ph.D. in a suitable area of Biological Sciences will be given preference. This position will begin on July 1.

Candidates may submit their cover letter and CV to Donna Berkner, VP of Academic Administration at dberkner@swau.edu.

Office for Enrollment

The University's Office for Enrollment is currently seeking a full-time Enrollment Counselor.  This individual will be an active member of the Office of Enrollment and manages an assigned recruitment territory.  Through articulating the University’s mission and vision, they are able to communicate the culture of campus life to prospective students.  He or she will be responsible for ensuring that assigned recruiting goals are met by using the available tools and moving through the University's recruitment process. 

Candidates may send their resumes and cover letters to Rahneeka Hazelton, Vice President of Enrollment at rahneeka@swau.edu.

Pathways to Success

The Pathways to Success Team is accepting applicants for the following role - 

Data Analyst

The Data Analyst will interpret data, analyze results using statistical techniques and provide ongoing reports to the department for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research (OIER).  He or she will work closely with the Office of Student Success to collect and analyze data from students enrolled in that program.  He or she will also be responsible for the development and implementation of databases, data collection systems, data analytics, and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality for the OIER.

Candidates should -

  • Have proven working experience as a data analyst, a bachelor's degree (a concentration in data analytics is preferred).
  • Have strong technical expertise regarding basic data models, data mining, and segmentation techniques.
  • Have strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.

Part-Time Admin. Assistant & Full-Time Admin. Assistant

Under supervision, this position provides administrative support for the Pathways to Success Office. In addition to filing and scheduling, he or she will be expected to perform duties such as record keeping, coordination of meetings and conferences, obtaining supplies, and working on special projects.

This role deals with a diverse group of external visitors as well as internal contacts at all levels of the organization. Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize the workload.

Requirements for the role - 

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • One to three years relevant experience.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability in managing multiple projects and timelines

Individuals may send their resumes and cover letters directly to Austen Powell, Director of Pathways to Success at aupowell@swau.edu.