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Graphics Design Lecturer, Full-time

Calvin University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
commensurate with experience
Date posted
Mar 22, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Calvin University Department of Visual & Performing Arts invites applications for a full-time lecturer position in the area of Graphic Design, beginning in July 2024. The appointment is a non-tenure-track position, eligible for annual renewal.



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 Master’s Degree in Graphic Design or a related field. Candidates with five years of relevant experience will also be considered.


Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching a range of undergraduate courses. 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 and departmental service. This teaching load will be 32 credit hours. There are no expectations of pursuing scholarship or serving on university-wide committees, but active participation in the department’s faculty activities such as faculty meetings and committees 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.



The studio art program is a member of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts along with Music, Theatre, and Dance. Offering both BFA and BA degrees, students can concentrate in Graphic Design, Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Photography, and Art Education. In addition, students have access to the Center Art Gallery and its 2,500 permanent collection art objects and 3,800 square feet of exhibition space.


As a department, we have experienced an increase in demand for our programs and classes. With recently updated studio spaces and equipment, students are benefitting from a liberal arts education, informing the way in which they observe and engage with the world around them. As a department, we strive to develop an artistic practice that will equip our students to thoughtfully communicate and creatively problem solve.



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
  • A separate written statement e-mailed to This statement should address the following topics:
    • description and affirmation of your Christian faith
    • description of how you envision that faith will influence your work as a faculty member at Calvin University
    • confirmation of your support of the stated mission of Calvin University as a Reformed institution
  • Full curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio of professional artwork e-mailed to


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




1. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin as a Christian liberal arts university 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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