The Department of Politics and Economics at Calvin University invites applications for an associate or full professor to serve as chair of the Economics program, beginning August 2023.
Qualified individuals must have a Ph.D. in economics, or directly related field, from an accredited university and a track record of excellence in teaching, student mentoring, and scholarship. Top candidates will have demonstrated leadership experience.
The university seeks applicants with vibrant Christian faith who are dedicated to integration of that faith with their field of study. The department is open to applications from any economics specialization but will prioritize candidates with broad interdisciplinary interests, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, ability to integrate questions of meaning, significance, and ethics into all course content, and deep commitment to engaging students beyond the classroom.
The primary responsibilities of this position will be undergraduate teaching and academic administration. The teaching load at Calvin is typically three course sections each in the fall and spring semesters, with course releases for administrative duties. In addition to teaching, Calvin faculty are expected to pursue an active scholarship agenda, to advise undergraduate students, and to serve on university and departmental committees. Calvin faculty are eligible to apply for scholarly support including course release time and undergraduate summer research assistant(s).
Candidates will be asked to affirm their 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 and Faculty Expectations.) Calvin University provides numerous faculty development opportunities to foster growth in these commitments.
Calvin University stands at the forefront of Christian scholarship across disciplines. The University hosts a number of Centers and Institutes and provides other funding opportunities to support faculty teaching and research, including sabbaticals, grants, course releases, summer research stipends, travel funds, and student research opportunities.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICS AND ECONOMICS
The Department of Politics and Economics offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and in International Relations and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. The department also serves the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree program in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) and the Master of Public and Non-Profit Administration program and is exploring future post-baccalaureate courses and programs.
The mission of the department is to equip both students and members of our broader community to build and to participate in institutions that contribute to justice, equity, and universal flourishing. Our curricula provide students with a balanced and comprehensive understanding of politics, policy, and political and economic inquiry. Students receive instruction and experience in disciplinary content areas, writing and speaking professionally, and serving civic purposes as members of multiple communities – local, national, and global – while integrating political perspectives, attitudes, and practices with the Christian faith, especially within its Reformed expressions.
ABOUT CALVIN UNIVERSITY
Calvin University is a top-ranked national university that equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Approximately 3,000 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, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately one million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit. Furthermore, the West Michigan region is ranked by Forbes as the #1 place to raise a family.
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.
Applicants must submit through the online submission website a complete electronic file of interest including the following:
Letter of application that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position, including your interest in teaching at a Reformed Christian University
Full curriculum vitae
Statement of teaching philosophy
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. If invited to interview, official transcripts must be provided.
For questions, email Joel Westra, Department Chair ([email protected]).
FAITH and EDUCATIONAL COMMITMENT
1. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin 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.
Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.