The Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Education Program of Calvin College invite applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position specializing in mathematics education to begin August 2018, pending administrative approval.
Education and Experience
An advanced degree in mathematics, mathematics education, or a related discipline is required for this position; a PhD is preferred. Candidates should have outstanding promise as classroom teachers and actively pursue a program of scholarship, preferably in an area of mathematics education.
Desirable additional qualifications: An advanced degree in mathematics as well as additional training in mathematics education, experience teaching pre-service teachers and supervising student teachers, P–12 classroom experience.
Faith and Educational Commitment
Applicants should be committed to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development in their discipline.
Calvin faculty members must be committed to the educational mission of Calvin College as a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.
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.
Calvin faculty members normally teach 22-24 semester hours per year. In addition, they are expected to pursue an active scholarly program, to advise undergraduates, and to serve on college and departmental committees.
Teaching responsibilities are determined based on the expertise and interests of the faculty and the needs of the department. An ideal candidate will be qualified to teach other courses in mathematics or statistics in addition to teaching courses in the education program, but primary teaching responsibilities will be in courses for pre-service teachers, including the supervision of student teachers.
In addition to being a member of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the education specialist will be a member of and participate in the work of the Education Program Unit. This includes teaching courses for elementary and secondary mathematics education majors and minors, teaching courses for all students in the elementary education program, and serving on Education Program committees. The Education Program Unit includes 41 teaching faculty from across the college and graduates approximately 50 elementary and 35 secondary education majors each year.
Calvin 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 http://www.calvin.edu/admin/provost/scholars/).
ABOUT THE MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT
The department offers majors and minors in mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, data science (joint with the Department of Computer Science) and actuarial science, and provides cognate courses for programs in the sciences, engineering, public health, and education, as well as courses for the general education requirements of the college.
The department currently has 11 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, two of which are education specialists, and graduates approximately 20 mathematics majors per year, 30-40% of them in the secondary education program. Several recent alumni are currently graduate students in mathematics, statistics, or biostatistics. In addition, many of our majors and minors pursue graduate degrees in other disciplines.
ABOUT CALVIN 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 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: https://calvin.edu/offices-services/provost/open-faculty-positions/.
Each applicant should submit
- a CV;
- a letter addressing his or her teaching practices and experience, research plans, and interest in teaching at a Christian college; and
- (unofficial) undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
- three letters of recommendation, at least one of which addresses teaching, to be sent.
Additional information, including official academic transcripts may be requested during the review process.
Electronic documents (PDF preferred) or inquiries can be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper documents can be sent to:
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
1740 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Review of applicants will begin October 2 and continue until the position is filled.