Position: Studio Art Professor

The department of art and art history of Calvin College is accepting applications for a full-time tenure-track studio faculty appointment, which includes directing the College’s graphic design program. The ideal candidate will be an effective teacher and advisor, particularly in terms of engaging graphic design students in studio courses, with the ability to teach introductory graphics courses. In addition to Photoshop, teaching portfolios might include painting and drawing, integration of manual and digital drawing, printmaking, color theory, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign. Candidates must have an MFA or equivalent degree, be interested in engaging art students within a liberal arts context, and be able to speak articulately about their own studio practice. The position is scheduled to begin in August 2018.

The art and art history department offers majors in studio art (including a BFA program), graphic design, and art education; minors in studio art and art history are also offered.

Faculty responsibilities

Faculty members typically teach three course sections in both the fall and spring semesters as well as a January interim course, which can include study abroad opportunities. Faculty are expected to maintain an active studio practice, to advise undergraduate students, and to serve on college and departmental committees.

Faith and educational commitment

  1. Applicants should be committed to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development in their discipline.
  2. Calvin faculty members must be committed to the educational mission of Calvin College as a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.

Diversity commitment

Calvin College faculty members must be aware of and committed to effectively establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity, including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.

About Calvin College

Calvin College is a top-ranked liberal arts college that equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Approximately 4,000 Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. The college is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately one million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit.

Calvin College seeks faculty members who affirm the Christian faith as expressed by the Reformed confessions and who have academic and personal qualifications for teaching and scholarship. Calvin is building a tradition of diversity and accessibility and welcomes applications from persons whose personal characteristics will further that commitment. Calvin does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age. Calvin College is an educational agency of the Christian Reformed Church and, in compliance with Title VII and other applicable law, reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion. Further specifics are posted on the college website: https://calvin.edu/go/facultyopenings.

Application process

Each applicant should submit, by December 15, 2017, (1) a CV and (2) a letter of application addressing the candidate’s teaching experience and philosophy, studio practice, and interest in teaching at a Christian liberal arts college. The two documents should be sent as email attachments to art@calvin.edu. Additional information, including academic transcripts and letters of recommendation, may be requested during the review process.