Paul Hiebert typing papers
After returning to the States, Hiebert began his academic career. He taught at Kansas State University. Kansas State University wanted to keep Hiebert, but he struggled to reconcile this with his missionary call. So he agreed to teach at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno (1969). His assigned teaching there, as it turned out, involved very little missions and no anthropology, and Paul returned to Kansas State (1970) to teach anthropology to undergraduates, write anthropology books and articles, and direct the South Asian Study Center. At that time, Hiebert published his first book Konduru which was a republication of his Ph.D. dissertation. Recruited to the University of Washington (Seattle, 1972-1977) with its large graduate anthropology program, Paul received tenure, prestigious research grants (ACLS, SSRC) and honors (Fulbright), and continued publishing. Hiebert published his second book Cultural Anthropology and third book Crucial Dimensions in World Evangelization. Especially, Hiebert’s third book which he wrote with Arthur Glasser, Peter Wagner, Ralph Winter, and others represented his first major venture into the world of missiology.
From Dr. Robert J. Priest. “Paul G. Hiebert: A Life Remembered”, Trinity Journal (30:2), 2009, pp. 171-175., and Philip Wayne Barnes. Missiology Meets Cultural Anthropology: The Life and Legacy of Paul G. Hiebert (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ph.D. dissertation, 2011) pp. 53-57.