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Spanish Faculty Opening, Full-time

Calvin University is seeking a full-time regular faculty member to join the Spanish department to teach Second-language pedagogy, Bilingual/ESL education, and Spanish language beginning in August 2019. The faculty member should be willing and able to direct off-campus semester programs and should be a native or near-native speaker of both Spanish and English. The opening is at the rank of assistant professor.

Faculty responsibilities

The standard teaching load is 21-24 semester hours distributed over two semesters and a January interim term. Faculty are expected to pursue an active scholarship agenda, advise undergraduate students, and serve on university 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 the Office of the Provost).

About the Spanish program

The Spanish department actively promotes student engagement with Spanish speakers and the Hispanic World, both locally and globally. It directs semester programs in Honduras (Tegucigalpa), Peru (Arequipa), and Spain (Oviedo), and all majors are required to study abroad for a semester. It also offers a January program in México (Mérida), and minors are also required to study abroad as part of their program. The department also encourages student engagement with the sizeable Hispanic community in Grand Rapids, both through multiple internships options for majors and Service Learning projects for students at all levels. Faculty and students in Calvin’s education program are actively engaged in local schools as well as schools in other parts of the country and other parts of the world.

About Calvin 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 3,600 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, a thriving metropolitan region of approximately one million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit.


Education and Experience

Faculty members are expected to demonstrate excellent teaching ability and a track record of (or strong potential for) scholarly work. All areas of second-language pedagogy expertise will be considered. Successful candidates will have either a PhD or other terminal degree in second-language education or a related field.

Faith and Educational Commitment
  1. Commitment to the Christian faith.
  2. Commitment to the integration of one’s faith with learning, particularly in one’s area of expertise as well as in student development.
  3. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin University as a Christian liberal arts university in the Reformed tradition, affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. See Educating for Shalom.
Diversity Commitment

Demonstrated awareness of 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.

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 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 on the university website.

To Apply

Please submit your full curriculum vitae accompanied by a letter of application that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position, including your interest in teaching and scholarship at a Reformed Christian University. Send these documents to the chair of the Spanish department, Dwight TenHuisen. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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