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Engineering Lecturer

Calvin University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Nov 14, 2022

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ENGINEERING LECTURER, Full-time or Part-time

The Calvin University Department of Engineering invites applications for an open full-time (or part-time) lecturer position in chemical engineering, beginning in August 2023. The appointment is a non-tenure-track position, eligible for annual renewal. Responsibilities include undergraduate teaching, advising, and department level service.



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


Ideal candidates will hold a Ph.D. (or be near completion) in engineering or a related field. Candidates with a master’s degree in engineering and five years of relevant experience will also be considered.


Candidates are expected to demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching multiple 300-level courses and labs in chemical engineering as well as some courses at the 100 and 200 level in the general engineering curriculum. 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 primary responsibility of this position will be teaching undergraduate courses, with a teaching load of 32 semester hours per academic year (four courses or equivalent combination of lecture and lab sections per semester). There are no expectations of pursuing scholarship or serving on university-wide committees, but active participation in undergraduate advising, department meetings, and other department-level service activities is expected. 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 offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree with four concentrations: chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. We feature supportive colleagues, excellent facilities, disciplined students, and a rigorous engineering curriculum that emphasizes exposure to foundational interdisciplinary engineering content along with depth in a chosen concentration area. The university’s liberal arts focus enables us to achieve our mission of equipping students to glorify God by meeting the needs of the world with responsible and caring engineering.



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 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.



Applicants must submit through the online submission website a complete electronic file of interest including the following:

  • a letter of application that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position (including a complete list of courses that you are qualified for and interested in teaching – course descriptions can be found in the university catalog) and your interest in teaching at a Reformed Christian University
  • a full curriculum vitae
  • an original written statement (250-500 words) describing and affirming your Christian faith, a description of how you envision that faith will influence your work as a faculty member, and confirmation of your support of the stated mission of Calvin University as a Reformed institution
  • a short (200-300 words) statement of teaching philosophy



Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions can be sent to Gayle Ermer, department chair, at



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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