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Faculty Opening: American Politics

Calvin College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor of American politics beginning in fall 2013 (pending administrative approval). 


Potential for both excellent teaching and research at an undergraduate institution are essential.  Candidates must be capable of teaching courses in American national institutions, including the presidency and Congress, parties/elections, and the introductory course in American politics.  Candidates with an interest in leading the College’s semester-long Washington, D.C. Program on occasion are welcomed. A Ph.D. in political science is required at the time of appointment.  Usual teaching load is 3-3. 

About Calvin

Calvin College is a co-educational, four-year liberal arts college with approximately 4,000 students.  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.  A complete statement of requirements for faculty can be found in the document called Faculty Membership Requirements: A Guide for Prospective Faculty. Calvin College does not discriminate in the employment of persons based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age.  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, a thriving metropolitan region of 500,000 people situated midway between Chicago and Detroit.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, and thereafter until the position is filled.  A complete application must include:

  1. a letter of application that addresses teaching philosophy, how the applicant’s teaching will contribute to the college’s mission, teaching experience, and research interests;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  4. sample of scholarship;
  5. graduate transcripts; and
  6. three letters of recommendation. 

Please send these materials to:

Search Committee
Calvin College - Department of Political Science
1810 East Beltline Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-5951