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The Calvin University Department of Engineering invites applications for an open tenure-track position to begin August 2020, pending administrative approval.

Desired Education and Experience

Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. (or be near completion) in engineering by the time of appointment or have completed at least a master’s degree in engineering combined with PE licensure or MBA and significant industry experience (15 years or more). The ideal candidate would be able to teach multiple 300-level courses in one of the following areas:

  • chemical engineering, or
  • water resources/environmental engineering.

Candidates should also be capable of teaching a variety of courses at the 100 and 200 level in the general engineering curriculum. Tenure track faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching as well as have a track record of (or strong potential for) scholarly achievement in a liberal arts setting.


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 University as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.

Diversity Commitment

Calvin 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.

Faculty Responsibilities

Calvin faculty members normally teach 22-24 semester hours per year. They are expected to pursue an active scholarly agenda, to advise undergraduates, and to serve on college and departmental committees.

Faculty Resources

Calvin has a variety of internal funding opportunities to support faculty teaching and research programs. Resources include course releases, summer research stipends, travel funds, and student research opportunities. (For more information, see

Application Procedure

Persons interested in applying should correspond with the engineering department chair.

Dr. Gayle Ermer
Chair, Department of Engineering
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

( or (616) 526-6302

To be considered for an interview, applicants must submit: (1) a letter of application indicating interest in and qualifications for teaching at a Christian university, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 1-2 page written statement by the candidate on how he or she seeks to express his or her Christian faith, particularly with respect to engineering and teaching, and (4) a one page statement of teaching philosophy. Electronic copies should be emailed as PDFs. The letter of application should clearly address the requirements of the position, including a complete list of courses that the applicant is qualified for and interested in teaching. Course descriptions can be found in the college catalog.

About Calvin

Calvin University is a top-ranked liberal arts university that equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Approximately 4000 Calvin students study a broad range of majors and professional programs in a liberal arts context. The college is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately a million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit.

Calvin 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 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. Additional information about the college is available at

Process Timeline

Application review will begin on October 1, 2019, and will continue until December 1 or the position is filled. We hope to conduct the first round of on-campus interviews in November.

Additional information, including official transcripts and references, will be requested of all candidates progressing to the interview stage.

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