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The department of English at Calvin University invites applications for a one-year affiliate position in linguistics. Pending final administrative approval, the appointment will begin August 2019.

About the position

The English department seeks a candidate with a Ph.D. or A.B.D. in linguistics with a concentration in ESL and applied linguistics; expertise in sociolinguistics, English grammar, and/ or child language acquisition are desirable additional specializations. A candidate should show excellence as a classroom teacher, evidence of an active program of scholarship, and a dedication to the integration of Christian faith and the study and teaching of linguistics.

Faith and Educational Commitment

A faculty member of Calvin University commits (1) to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development; and (2) to the educational mission of Calvin University as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.

Diversity Commitment

A faculty member of Calvin University commits to establish relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity, including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.

Faculty responsibilities and resources

Affiliate faculty members typically teach three courses in each of the fall and spring semesters, as well as a January interim course. They are encouraged to pursue an active scholarship agenda and to serve on university and departmental committees.

About the department and the university

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 4,000 Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. The university is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately one million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit.

Calvin University 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 University does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age. Calvin University 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 here.

Application process

Each applicant should submit by April 15, 2019, (1) a full curriculum vita, (2) a letter of application that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position, and (3) a 500-word statement explaining how the candidate seeks to express his or her Christian faith in both teaching and scholarship. These three items should be sent as email attachments to the English department co-chair, Dr. Gary Schmidt, at Additional information, including academic transcripts and letters of recommendation, may be requested during the review process.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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