Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty, Political Science

Calvin College
  • Location
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 10

Position description

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 http://www.calvin.edu/admin/provost/scholars/).

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 www.calvin.edu/pols.

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.

Application instructions

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