About the Position

The Asian Studies Program invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position, pending administrative approval, to teach courses in Asian Studies beginning in August 2018, and to serve as the director of Calvin College’s Semester Program in China. Candidates from Religion, History, and Philosophy will be considered; the successful candidate will be housed in the most appropriate department.

Calvin's Asian Studies program offers majors and minors in Chinese, Chinese Education, Japanese, and Asian Studies. Language instruction is given in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. In addition to eight courses in one of the three major East Asian languages, majors are required to take a minimum of four Asian culture courses, to be chosen from History, Religion, Philosophy, Political Science, and Art.

Teaching Responsibilities

In addition to directing the China Semester Program in Beijing (offered fall semesters in odd-numbered years), teaching responsibilities will include some of the following courses:

  • History 245 (East Asia to 1800)
  • History 346 (Modern China)
  • three Chinese history courses during the China Semester Program in Beijing
  • Political Science 277 (Asian Politics)
  • Religion 255 (World Religions Survey)
  • Religion 353 (Islam)
  • Religion 354 (Hinduism)
  • Religion 355 (Buddhism)
  • Religion 356 (Confucianism)
  • Philosophy 225 (Chinese Thought and Culture)

Faculty members normally teach three course sections in each of the fall and spring semesters as well as a January interim course. They are expected to pursue an active scholarship agenda, to advise undergraduate students, and to serve on college and departmental committees.


A master's degree or higher in one of the associated fields is required, Ph.D. strongly preferred. Applicants must have knowledge of Chinese and demonstrate ability to teach effectively using varied methods and instructional technology.

Applicants must be practicing Christians committed to the integration of faith, learning, and student development, and to the educational mission of Calvin College as a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.

To apply, submit letter of application; c.v. detailing teaching experience; three references (letters or names and addresses); and 250-500-word statement explaining how you seek to express your Christian faith in teaching and scholarship, to Larry Herzberg, Director of Asian Studies ( Additional information, including official academic transcripts, will be requested of all candidates progressing to the interview stage.

Application deadline: October 31

About the College

Calvin College seeks faculty members who affirm and live out 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. Persons interested in applying or who wish to make nominations should correspond with the Provost’s Office or the respective department chair. Further specifics are posted on the college website:

A complete statement of requirements for faculty can be found in the document Faculty Membership Requirements: A Guide for Prospective Faculty.

Diversity Commitment

Faculty members must demonstrate commitment to establishing effective relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity, including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, and religious perspective.