Engineering Faculty Opening: Open Rank Tenure-Track
September 12, 2018
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Full Time - Experienced
Faculty Careers - Engineering
The Calvin College Department of Engineering invites applications for an open tenure-track position to begin August 2019, pending administrative approval.
Desired Education and Experience
Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. (or be near completion) in engineering by the time of appointment or have completed at least a master’s degree in engineering combined with PE licensure or MBA and significant industry experience (15 years or more). The ideal candidate would be able to teach multiple 300-level courses in one or more of the following areas: 1) chemical engineering, 2) water resources/environmental engineering, or 3) electrical/electromechanical engineering. Candidates should also be capable of teaching a variety of courses at the 100 and 200 level in the general engineering curriculum. Tenure track faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching as well as have a track record of (or strong potential for) scholarly achievement in a liberal arts setting.
About Calvin Engineering
According to the department’s mission statement, “The engineering program equips students to glorify God by meeting the needs of the world with responsible and caring engineering.” Calvin offers one of the most intentionally integrative Christian engineering programs in the nation. Our faith impacts our classroom teaching, our research and scholarship, our advising, and our community service. We emphasize a global perspective in engineering through several international interim courses and a summer engineering program in Germany. The engineering faculty form a caring community of creative, committed and talented professors. As a group, the faculty seek to maintain an advantageous balance between strong academic and strong industrial experience. We have developed an excellent reputation with local industry and many engineering employers outside of the region. Additional information about the department is available at https://calvin.edu/academics/departments-programs/engineering/.
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 4000 Calvin students study a broad range of majors and professional programs in a liberal arts context. The college is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately a million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit.
Calvin 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 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. Calvin is one of the largest Christian colleges in North America, and was named the #1 regional college in the Midwest for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. Additional information about the college is available at www.calvin.edu.
Calvin has a variety 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/.)
Persons interested in applying should correspond with the engineering department chair.
Chair, Department of Engineering 3201 Burton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (616) 526-6302
To be considered for an interview, applicants must submit: (1) a letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 1-2 page written statement by the candidate on how he or she seeks to express his or her Christian faith, particularly with respect to engineering and teaching, and (4) a 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy. Electronic copies should be emailed as PDFs. The letter of application should clearly address the requirements of the position, including a complete list of courses that the applicant is qualified for and interested in teaching. Course descriptions can be found in the college catalog.
Application review will begin on October 1, 2018, and will continue until December 1 or the position is filled. We hope to conduct the first round of on-campus interviews in November.
Addition information, including official transcripts and references, will be requested of all candidates progressing to the interview stage.
Faith and Educational Commitment
1. Applicants should be committed to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development in their discipline. 2. 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. They are expected to pursue an active scholarly agenda, to advise undergraduates, and to serve on college and departmental committees.