"Calvin College is a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity. Through our learning, we seek to be agents of renewal in the academy, church, and society. We pledge fidelity to Jesus Christ, offering our hearts and lives to do God's work in God's world."
This is the vision statement of Calvin College, distilled from three principal college documents (the Expanded Statement of Mission, the Core Curriculum Purpose Statement [pdf], and From Every Nation) which articulate the identity and mission of Calvin College in light of its particular theological tradition, educational history, foundational premises, and sustaining vision.
The school began in 1876 when it was founded to train a class of seven students as ministers in the Christian Reformed Church. Its ambitious curriculum was evident as it prepared students not only in the subjects necessary for ministry—Hebrew, Greek, Latin, biblical exegesis and theology—but also history, geography, logic, rhetoric, and philosophy. Today, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary are separate institutions, but they share a campus, and each is an agency of the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA).
Calvin College is a Christ-centered academic community serving 4,000 students from across the nation and around the world. A faculty of more than 290 committed and caring Christian professors skillfully provide outstanding instruction, while a dedicated Board of Trustees, an excellent administrative team, a strong staff, thoughtful students, and active alumni all collaborate to make Calvin a distinctive institution.
At Calvin College, faith and curriculum come together in an academic climate where a rich kind of learning flourishes—learning that intentionally integrates Christian commitment, rigorous inquiry, and dedicated service in order to equip students to engage a broken world. Shaped by this climate, students develop into leaders, eager to work for renewal wherever they are called. Such an integrated educational project enables Calvin to hold a vital place in Christian higher education.
Calvin's teaching, scholarship, and service have been recognized widely; for example, U.S. News and World Report ranked Calvin ninth in the category of schools "with a strong commitment to teaching." The faculty's active scholarship is well known and has been frequently rewarded with major grants; students too have received an impressive number of prestigious awards, such as Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll also recognize Calvin as a national leader both inside and outside of the classroom. U.S. News and World Report cited Calvin for its superior internship program, the only school in Michigan to receive that recognition, and also honored its service-learning program, one of just twelve colleges nationwide to be so honored.
Calvin College offers over a hundred majors and programs, with about half of its graduates majoring in the traditional liberal arts and half majoring in professional programs. Calvin offers thirteen nationally recognized semester-long off-campus study programs to countries such as China, Ghana, and Honduras. Moreover, the college is consistently recognized by the Institute of International Education as a national leader in short-term study abroad, providing students with over twenty three-week-long study abroad opportunities on six continents during the month of January.
Beyond the classroom, students enjoy an excellent residential life system, with opportunities for specialized living both on and off campus. Examples include an Honors floor, a Creation Care floor, a Grassroots floor that is focused on racial reconciliation, and Project Neighborhood houses in the city of Grand Rapids where students live with mentors in intentional Christian community. Student life professionals at Calvin view their work as co-curricular, not "extra-curricular," seeking to serve as partners with the faculty. Calvin is also active in and strongly supports NCAA Division III Athletics.
Calvin faculty and staff are committed to the college mission and provide stable, consistent service. The average tenure among current faculty and staff members is fourteen years of service and eleven years of service, respectively. Overall employee turnover remains low, and employee surveys show a high degree of satisfaction that translates into a strong student focus. The Scientist ranked Calvin eighth in the magazine's "40 Best Places to Work in Academia in 2010."
Calvin College is a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity. Through our learning, we seek to be agents of renewal in the academy, church, and society. We pledge fidelity to Jesus Christ, offering our hearts and lives to do God's work in God's world.
To engage in vigorous liberal arts education that promotes lifelong Christian service. We undertake our tasks in response to a divine calling. Together we challenge ourselves to excellence as we acquire knowledge, cultivate aspirations, and practice lives of service. For more information, history and the complete vision and mission statements, visit: http://www.calvin.edu/about/mission.htm
The Provost is a vital part of the college's executive leadership team and is the Chief Academic Officer of the College, championing Calvin's mission, vision, core values, and guiding principles. With a leadership role second to the President, the Provost will be responsible for leading an established team of dedicated professionals in the planning, development, implementation, assessment, and improvement of academic programs and policies. The Provost will work closely with the President and assume his duties and responsibilities when he is unable to do so. The Provost will serve as a primary spokesperson and advocate for the excellence and distinctiveness of Calvin's educational experience, both within the college and to constituencies beyond the campus.
The Provost will work collaboratively with a highly engaged faculty that strongly values active involvement in the governance process. S/he will lead in carrying forward a strong tradition of Reformed Christian educational practice and scholarship within a rapidly changing national and international educational landscape and a campus community of growing diversity. S/he will lead the college in finding creative ways to sustain the vibrancy of liberal arts education within a comprehensive range of college programs and a wider context of shifting student and cultural priorities. S/he will play a key role in nourishing vision and building for future faithfulness amid financial challenges and rapid cultural and technological change, and will concretely address issues of sustainability in ways that are effective and sensitive. S/he will work to strengthen mutually supportive relationships between various college divisions and have oversight over:
The right candidate will bring senior-level, academic leadership experience in higher education, demonstrating key responsibility for team and program results.
Strengths needed for success in the role are:
Calvin is rooted in the integration of faith and learning built upon Reformed Christian thought. As with all faculty, the provost must comply with all three current faculty requirements: signing the Form of Subscription, joining a local congregation belonging to the CRCNA or its ecclesiastically affiliated denominations, and sending children to Christian day schools approved by the college. The Calvin College provost should understand, actively support, and promote Christian education at all levels.
The goal is to identify the ideal fit for both the selected candidate and for the Calvin College community. There will be an obvious mutual benefit for both. In addition to your resume, please submit your responses to the following points when applying:
If you would like to submit your materials for the position, please submit your application electronically at: http://employment.calvin.edu.
Thank you for your consideration of this important role. Please feel free to share this Opportunity Profile with any contacts, relationships or individuals you feel would be valuable to the search for the next Provost.