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Organization: Calvin University
Date Posted: 2/5/2020
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 courses in the new Master of Arts in Media and Strategic Communication (pending HLC approval) program and the undergraduate film and media program. Applicants should have active research/filmmaking agendas and have the ability to teach in the areas of filmmaking entrepreneurship, single-camera location, multi-cam studio, audio, post-production, and media storytelling.  Preference will be given to candidates familiar with a liberal arts approach to teaching film and media production in a communication department. Candidates will be expected to contribute to teaching and advising at the undergraduate and graduate level. If a candidate has administrative experience and interest, the candidate also will be considered for the position of MMSC program director. The position is at open rank.



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 graduate and 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



Students in the MMSC utilize storytelling and media to create effective, ethical, and purposeful messages that are mindful of audience, contexts, and practice whether in journalism, strategic communication, or other media projects. Our curriculum develops individual talent and skills within a collaborative working environment. The MMSC provides students additional opportunities to integrate theory, history, and criticism in the creation of storytelling for social media, strategic communication, or journalism careers.



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:



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. Continued employment for this hire is contingent on the program earning the projected revenue. If the program does not meet revenue projections, this faculty position will be phased out and the MMSC ended.

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