The Department of English at Calvin College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment in Linguistics. Pending final administrative approval, the appointment will begin August 2018.

About the position

The English Department seeks a candidate with a Ph.D. in Linguistics with a concentration in ESL, and who demonstrates a capacity to contribute to a growing linguistics major. Expertise in sociolinguistics, English grammar, and/ or child language acquisition are desirable additional specializations. A candidate should have outstanding promise as a classroom teacher, a record 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 College commits (1) to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development; and (2) to the educational mission of Calvin College as a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.

Diversity Commitment

A faculty member of Calvin College 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

Faculty members typically teach three courses 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.

Calvin College has a number 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

About the department and the 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 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. Further specifics are posted on the college website:

Application process

Each applicant should submit, by 11 December 2017, (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.