Music Department Faculty Opening

Calvin College
Michigan, United States
Not specified
Nov 07, 2018
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The Calvin College Music Department invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Theory and Musicianship. Our ideal candidate is a generalist with broad musical expertise who can teach our theory and musicianship sequence, including keyboard harmony, as well one or more of the following areas (listed in order of need): music technology (teaching Sibelius and ProTools basics, maintaining our lab and composition studio), composition, piano, strings, and/or voice. The opening is at the rank of Assistant Professor and the position begins August 2019.



Education and Experience

Faculty members are expected to demonstrate excellent teaching ability and a track record of (or strong potential for) scholarly or creative work. Successful candidates will have a PhD or DMA in one of the teaching areas listed above.


Faith and Educational Commitment

1. Commitment to the Christian faith.

2. Commitment to the integration of one’s faith with learning, particularly in one’s area of expertise as well as in student development.

3. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin College as a Christian liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition, affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. See Educating for Shalom.


Diversity Commitment

Demonstrated awareness of 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 teaching load is 21-24 semester hours distributed over two semesters and a January interim term. Faculty are expected to pursue an active scholarship agenda, to advise undergraduate students, and to serve on college and departmental committees.



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


ABOUT THE MUSIC PROGRAM The Department of Music equips undergraduate students to be versatile musicians who can bring their gifts to a wide variety of contexts and vocations. The department has approximately 80 music majors and minors and serves another 400 students who participate in ensembles and private lessons. Departmental highlights include over 60 music events each year, domestic and international touring programs, and the beautiful Covenant Fine Arts Center, renovated and expanded in 2010 to include more teaching studios and practice rooms, both an Auditorium and Recital Hall, and a dedicated music computer lab.



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 3,600 Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. The college is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately one million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit.


Calvin College 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 College 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. Further specifics are posted on the college website:



Please submit your full curriculum vitae, three or more references, and a letter of application that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position, including your interest in teaching and scholarship at a Reformed Christian college. Send these documents to the chair of the Music Department, Benita Wolters-Fredlund ( Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.