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Chemistry & Biochemistry Endowed Chair Faculty Opening

Calvin University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Sep 29, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Part Time
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Calvin University invites applications for a faculty member for an endowed chair in organic chemistry beginning in August 2023. This approximately half-time position will include 8-10 hours of teaching per year and the establishment of a research program with undergraduates.



The university seeks applicants with vibrant Christian faith who are dedicated to integration of that faith with their field of study. 

Ideal candidates for the Brummel chair will hold a PhD in organic chemistry and have a minimum of 3 years of industrial experience. 

Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level as well as an active stream of relevant research and publications. Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching using a variety of methods and instructional technology. 

The university will prioritize candidates with broad interdisciplinary interests, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, ability to integrate questions of meaning, significance, and ethics into all course content, and deep commitment to engaging students beyond the classroom. 



The Brummel Chair will teach 8-10 semester hours per academic year. The Brummel chair is expected to pursue an active scholarly agenda involving students, to teach effectively, and to serve the department and students. Faculty are expected to grow in Reformed Christian commitment, to pursue an active scholarly agenda, to teach effectively, and to serve the university, department, students, and the wider community. Candidates will be asked to affirm their commitment to the educational mission of Calvin University as a Christian liberal arts university in the Reformed tradition, affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.  (See Educating for Shalom and Faculty Expectations.) Calvin University provides numerous faculty development opportunities to foster growth in these commitments. 



Calvin University stands at the forefront of Christian scholarship across disciplines. The University hosts a number of Centers and Institutes and provides other funding opportunities to support faculty teaching and research, including sabbaticals, grants, course releases, summer research stipends, travel funds, and student research opportunities. 



We are committed to preparing our students with the academic knowledge, technical skills, and research and internship experiences to enter graduate and professional programs and the workforce as lifelong learners and future leaders.  Our students, faculty, and staff describe the Chemistry & Biochemistry department as a community of teachers and scholars who are dedicated to engaging collaboratively in meaningful work, as well as keeping a sense of humor in all that we do. We are a team of 10 full-time faculty and 2 staff. We have 35-50 graduates each year and offer majors and minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. In addition, each of these majors can be augmented with a concentration in Neuroscience or expanded into an ACS Accredited major, all within a vigorous liberal arts context. 

Resources available to the Organic Chemistry faculty hire include dedicated office and a fully functional organic chemistry research space and access to the following departmental instruments: 500-MHz NMR, FTIR, GC, GC-MS, HPLC (with UV/Vis and Fluorescence detectors), temperature-controlled UV-Vis, Fluorescence, and CD spectrometers.



Calvin University is a top-ranked national university that equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Approximately 3,000 Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. The university is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately one million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit. Furthermore, the West Michigan region is ranked by Forbes as the #1 place to raise a family. For more information, please visit

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 University 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. 



Complete the online application process and attach the following:  

  • Letter of application that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position, including your interest in teaching and scholarship at a Reformed Christian University  
  • Full curriculum vitae 
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • Three professional letters of recommendation

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For questions, email Kumar Sinniah, Department Co-Chair (



1. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin 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.



Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.

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