Calvin College is seeking applications for a full-time, tenure-track Social Work faculty position within the Department of Sociology and Social Work expected to begin August 2018, pending administrative approval. Appointment of rank and salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.
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.
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.
Faculty members typically teach three course sections 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, departmental awards, and student research opportunities (for more information see http://www.calvin.edu/admin/provost/scholars/).
About the Social Work Program
The mission of the BSW program is to prepare students for competent and effective entry-level generalist practice in social work within the context of a Reformed Christian, liberal arts education.
The bachelor of social work program (BSW) is comprised of twelve courses and several social science cognate requirements. The BSW major includes courses in social work theory, practice skills, policy analysis, and research, along with field education.
The Sociology and Social Work Department consists of nine full-time faculty members. The Social Work Program is comprised of five full-time faculty members and serves approximately 140 majors. The Social Work Program has been accredited since 1992.
ABOUT CALVIN COLLEGE
Calvin College is a top-ranked liberal arts regional 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: http://www.calvin.edu/go/facultyopenings.
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 Social Work expertise will be considered. The successful candidate will possess an MSW from a CSWE-accredited program with at least two years of post-MSW practice experience. Preferred candidates will have a PhD or DSW in Social Work or related field and more than five years of experience. Candidates with the MSW degree only must be willing to earn a doctoral degree in Social Work or a related field. The department seeks persons who are dedicated to the integration of their Christian faith and teaching and research in Social Work.
Interested candidates should complete the application found at https://employment.calvin.edu/ and include as attachments the following: 1) an application letter that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position, 2) a full curriculum vita, and 3) a 250-500-word statement explaining how you seek to express your Christian faith in teaching and scholarship. Questions should be directed to the Social Work Program Director, Dr. Rachel Venema by phone at 616.526.8741 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Women and members of racial and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.
Additional sources of information about Calvin College:
We are seeking faculty who are excited by Calvin's expanded statement of mission and by our commitments as a Christian college within the historic tradition of Reformed Christianity.
A complete statement of requirements for faculty can be found in the document called Faculty Membership Requirements at Calvin College.