The English department at Calvin College teaches language, literature and writing as interrelated endeavors in which students engage in the process of discovering themselves, the conditions of their lives and the visions they will need to live well as citizens of God's kingdom. Faculty and students explore together how language, literature and writing can be interpreted and understood through the eyes of our Christian faith.

We find in our faith a freedom to explore the wide range of literary expression and the guiding beacon of the Christian faith as the light that helps us to understand and discern the truthfulness of these expressions.

Open Position

Assistant or Associate Professor of English/Journalism

The English department seeks to fill a tenure-track position in journalism and writing to begin August 2017.  We invite applications from individuals with experience in journalism, particularly multimedia journalism and digital storytelling, with preference given to those who can teach several of the following: news writing, feature writing, first-year composition, creative nonfiction, and storytelling with convergent media. Faculty are also expected to advise students, publish in scholarly and/or popular venues, and serve the mission of the department and college.


Required: a PhD or terminal degree with commensurate experience, a strong portfolio of publications, a passion for teaching undergraduates, and an active interest in integrating faith and profession (for details see 

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. 

About English

We are a dynamic team of 16 full-time and 10 adjunct faculty. We have close to 200 student majors and offer majors and minors in Writing, Linguistics, Literature, English Education, and an interdisciplinary minor in journalism, all within a vigorous liberal arts context. 

We are committed to teaching and research, emphasizing integrative and interdisciplinary approaches, particularly with regard to the courses in media and design offered by other departments in the college. We require all students in the English and journalism programs to participate in internships. Our department houses the Calvin Center for Faith and Writing and hosts the biennial Festival of Faith and Writing.  

About Calvin

Calvin College is a 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 4000 Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. Calvin is building a tradition of diversity and accessibility and welcomes applications from persons whose personal characteristics will further that commitment. Calvin College 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. The college is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately one million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit.

Application procedure

Applicants should submit (for more info:

  • an application letter addressing the position’s requirements and responsibilities
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a portfolio of 2-3 representative publications
  • copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a 500- to 1,000-word statement describing how your Christian faith informs your teaching and scholarship

Review of applications will begin on January 9, 2017.

Electronic submissions are welcome.

Submit application materials to

Debra Rienstra, Ph.D.
Professor and Co-chair
English Department
Calvin College
1795 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546