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Communication Department, Film & Media, Tenure-Track

Organization: Calvin University
Date Posted: 11/7/2019
City: Grand Rapids
Location: Michigan
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings

Description & Details


Calvin University is seeking a full-time regular faculty member to join the Communication Department to teach film and media courses beginning in August 2020. All areas of film, media and communication expertise will be considered. Preference will be given to versatile candidates able to teach courses in subject areas such as new media; media law and ethics; audience analytics; film and media theory, history, and criticism; introductory media production courses and labs; and online courses. The opening is at the rank of assistant professor.


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 university 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


Film and Media is one of the programs offered within the Communication Department, along with Digital Communication, Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Strategic Communication, and Theatre. Together, these majors make Communication one of the top choices among students at Calvin University. The Department is headquartered in the 50,000 square-foot De Vos Communication Center.

The Film and Media program offers majors with concentrations in either production or studies, and emphasizes the combination of production skills and a theoretical/historical foundation. We seek a colleague who will provide collaborative, visionary leadership for the Film and Media program and also contribute to interdisciplinary communication programs. This colleague will also teach and advise in our Master of Arts in Media and Strategic Communication program.


Calvin University is a top-ranked liberal arts university that equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Approximately 3,600 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.


Education and Experience

Faculty members are expected to demonstrate excellent teaching ability and a track record of (or strong potential for) scholarly work. Successful candidates will have either 1) a PhD or other terminal degree in film and media studies and/or communication-related degree, or 2) a master’s degree in film and media studies and/or related communication field and five or more years of applicable experience.

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 University as a Christian liberal arts university 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.

Calvin University 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 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. Further specifics are posted on the university website:

How to Apply / Contact
Please submit your full curriculum vitae accompanied by a letter of application that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position, including your interest in teaching and scholarship at a Christian University in the Reformed tradition.  Send these documents to the chair of the Communication Department, Dr. Kathi Groenendyk ( Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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