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Geology Lecturer

Calvin University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 19, 2022


The Department of Geology, Geography, and Environment (GEO) at Calvin University invites applications for a three-year, renewable, full-time instructor in the area of Geology, beginning August 15, 2023.



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 PhD in geology or a related field. Candidates with a master’s degree in geology and five years of relevant experience will also be considered. Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching a range of courses at the undergraduate level. 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 responsibilities of this position will be teaching undergraduate courses and directing the Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum. Teaching assignments include introduction to geology and mineralogy, with associated lab sections plus additional courses depending upon the expertise of the successful candidate. We are particularly interested in candidates ready to teach tectonics and igneous and metamorphic petrology. This position will include  32 credit hours per academic year, which is typically four courses and associated lab sections per year including Dice Museum work. There are no expectations of pursuing scholarship or serving on university-wide committees, but active participation in the department’s faculty activities such as advising, faculty meetings, and committees is expected.



The geology program is part of the dynamic and interdisciplinary GEO department which includes geography, environmental science, and environmental studies programs. The geology program equips students in foundations of geoscience and prepares them for vocations in the environment, industry, and academia. Faculty are committed to excellent teaching and robust research agendas. GEO is proud to host the magnificent Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum and we offer a masters in Geographical Information Science. Additional information about Geology is available at the GEO department website.



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 at a Reformed Christian University
  • Full curriculum vitae.


If the application matches our needs, then the applicant will be asked to provide letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a written description and affirmation of Christian faith.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Send any questions you might have to Mark Bjelland, 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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