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Tenure-Track in Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Engineering invites applications for an open tenure-track position in mechanical engineering pending final administrative approval.

Qualification, Skills, and Abilities:

Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. in engineering by the time of appointment or have completed at least a Master’s degree in engineering combined with significant industry experience (15 years or more).  Candidates should be capable of teaching a variety of courses at the 100 and 200 level in the engineering curriculum, as well as at the 300 level in the mechanical engineering concentration. Tenure-track faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching as well as the potential for scholarly achievement in a liberal arts setting.


Screening of applicants will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2014.

Application Process:

Persons interested in applying or who wish to make nominations should correspond with the engineering department chair.

Leonard De Rooy, Chair
Calvin College Department of Engineering
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Tel. (616) 526-6372 or email

Completed applications must include: (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, and (4) a 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy. 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.


Additional Sources of Information about Calvin:

  • 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.
  • More information about the engineering department can be found on the department web site:


    About the Department of 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, a summer engineering program in Germany, and international internship opportunities. 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.

    About Calvin:

    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 the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. Calvin seeks faculty who affirm the Christian faith as expressed by the Reformed confessions. The College is building a tradition of diversity and accessibility and welcomes applications from persons whose personal characteristics will further that commitment. Calvin College does not discriminate in the employment of persons based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age. Calvin College is a Christian educational institution operated by the Christian Reformed Church, and in compliance with Title VII and other applicable law, Calvin College reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion. The college is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately 1,000,000 people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit.

    About Grand Rapids:

    Calvin is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a city of about 200,000 residents with another 500,000 in the surrounding area, making it the second largest metro area in Michigan. Calvin is only a 45-minute drive from the spectacular dunes and shoreline of Lake Michigan.