Calvin College is seeking applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty member to join the political science department beginning in August 2018. Appointment of rank and salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.


Education and experience

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in political science and be able to demonstrate both scholarly potential and strong teaching ability. Preferred candidates will have a primary subfield in comparative politics. Candidates must also have ability to teach courses in international politics and in International Development Studies.

Faith and educational commitment

  1. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin College as a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.
  2. A commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development.

Diversity commitment

Demonstrated awareness and commitment to establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.


The standard faculty load is 21 semester hours distributed over two semesters and a January interim term. Faculty members are expected to pursue an active research agenda, to advise undergraduate students, and to serve on college and departmental committees.

Faculty resources

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

About the department of political science

The political science department at Calvin College seeks to give students the knowledge and ability to analyze and participate effectively in the political world. Students are challenged to encounter the complex world of politics as a whole, carefully considering how faith can impact institutions, policy, and culture in a way that promotes justice throughout society. Calvin's political science professors all have doctorates and extensive teaching and research backgrounds. In addition, the Executive Director of the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics teaches courses in the department. The department, which offers majors in political science and international relations, also hosts college-wide pre-law and Model UN programs and provides leadership for the Henry Semester in Washington, D.C. The department is large enough to offer a broad range of courses, but small enough to give students close, personal attention. More information is available at

About the international development studies program

The international development studies (IDS) program at Calvin College is an interdisciplinary program preparing students to be transformative agents who address issues of brokenness and renewal, particularly in the area of global service. Courses address the causes of poverty, hunger, and oppression. Students are also encouraged to act, joining a community that connects minds, hearts, and hands to serve. The program hosts a student-directed Faith and International Development Conference each year that attracts over 300 participants. The program is administered by a program director (political science background) and four contributing faculty members (biology, geography, anthropology, and social work backgrounds). This hire would serve in a supporting role to the program, namely, advising IDS students, teaching IDS classes on a regular basis, and providing leadership in IDS extra-curricular events.

About Calvin College

Calvin College is a top-ranked comprehensive 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:

To apply

Please submit a letter of application that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position (including the Faith and Education Commitment and Diversity Commitment), accompanied by a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations, and a sample of written work to the chair of the department of political science, Dr. Joel H. Westra, by email at Applications will be reviewed beginning October 30, 2017, and thereafter until the position is filled.