Visiting professor | East Africa

  • Service term length or program: Mission internship
  • Region of service: Africa
  • Location: East Africa
  • Ministry category: Education, Leadership training

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Practicing or retired professors are invited to teach for a semester at one of two possible universities. Share your expertise in areas of specialty such as leadership, theology, or ESL. The assignment can vary greatly depending on location.

Regional vision
Our dream is to inspire a movement of movements all over East Africa and beyond. Our aim is transformation, not mere information; discipleship, not mere religion. We long for all people to become fully committed followers of Jesus, but recognize that there are many expressions of the kingdom of God and the work of the Holy Spirit.


Possible universities for teaching include but aren’t limited to:

  • Meserete Kristos College, an Anabaptist university near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Amoud University, a large public university with a strong peace studies department.

Arrangements can be made for part-time or full-time teaching, with a priority of building relationships with students and staff.
All long-term and short-term missionaries engage in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during their assignments. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, participants spend one to two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of others preparing for service) before heading to their outreach locations. In phase three of Launch, workers continue to connect online with their Launch cohort for up to a year as they navigate ministry in their country of service.

Ethiopia is a developing country in the Horn of East Africa. Meserete Kristos College is located about an hour outside of the capital city, Addis Ababa, in a rural area. Visiting lecturers are welcome to stay in the college’s guest house, where each apartment has two bedrooms and a kitchen. The internet connection in Ethiopia is very poor, but otherwise the campus is comfortable and pleasant.

Other possible universities located within the Horn have pleasant weather year-round. Basic goods are available for purchase, but workers should expect to live quite simply. Because many of the people groups are Muslim, workers need to be sensitive about how they engage with local people and customs. Western women dress very conservatively. Any Christian witness must be delivered with care.

Teachers should be aware that the pace of life in East Africa is much slower than in North America, and the methods of instruction are usually quite different. Even though the classroom setting is familiar to an experienced lecturer, teaching in East Africa will have a different feel than it does at home. Plan to be flexible.

Supervisors and colleagues
The visiting professor will be supervised by Debbi DiGennaro, EMM’s regional representative for East Africa. The professor will participate as possible in EMM team life. Depending on the location, the professor may interact daily with university faculty.

Skills and experience
A master’s or doctoral degree, or equivalent subject-area expertise. Leadership training, theology, or ESL expertise are especially desired, but any area of expertise will be considered. Applicants should have experience lecturing and/or teaching in a university, college, or institution of higher learning. Applicants must have the flexibility to adjust to the teaching style of a different culture. They must be ready to exemplify Christ in their actions and engage in faith-related conversations with interested students.