The Calvin College Department of Computer Science invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position to begin August 2019 and strongly encourages applications from women and other under-represented groups.

Applicants should have a PhD (or be near completion) in computer science or a related area, or have a master’s degree and 5 years of related experience. The CS department is particularly interested in expanding its expertise in the areas of data science and visualization, computer security, or 3D modeling & animation, but individuals from all computing-related areas are encouraged to apply.

Calvin faculty members are expected to demonstrate excellent teaching ability, and have a track record of (or strong potential for) scholarly work.

About Calvin CS

Calvin’s CS department features supportive colleagues, excellent facilities maintained by a full-time system administrator, a fast-growing population of hardworking students, a dynamic colloquium series, and strong undergraduate programs in computer science, data science, digital communication, and information systems, including a BCS major accredited by ABET. Special departmental programs include our 50% Initiative and sponsoring Girls Who Code clubs. Additional information about the department is available at our department website.

About Calvin

Calvin College is a top-ranked liberal arts college that equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Approximately 3,800 Calvin students study a broad range of majors and professional programs in a liberal arts context. The college is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately one million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit.

Calvin 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 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.

Calvin is one of the largest Christian colleges in North America, and was named the #1 regional college in the Midwest for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. Additional information about the college is available at its website.


Faith and Educational Commitment

  1. Applicants should be committed to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development in their discipline.
  2. Calvin faculty members must be committed to the educational mission of Calvin College as a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.

Diversity Commitment

Calvin faculty members must be aware of and committed to effectively establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity, including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.

Faculty Responsibilities

Calvin faculty members normally teach 22-24 semester hours per year. They are expected to pursue an active scholarly agenda, to advise undergraduates, and to serve on college and departmental committees.

Faculty Resources

Calvin has a variety 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 the college’s research and scholarship webpage.)

Application Procedure

To apply, please send: (i) a curriculum vitae; (ii) a statement describing your Christian faith, including how it relates to your teaching philosophy and scholarly interests; (iii) contact information for three professional references; and (iv) a cover letter to:

Keith VanderLinden, Chair
Department of Computer Science
Calvin College
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Electronic copies may be emailed in PDF form.

Process Timeline

Application review will begin on November 1, 2018, and will continue until December 1 or the position is filled. We hope to conduct the first round of interviews in early December, 2018; the second round in early January, 2019; and extend an offer by late January, 2019.

Additional information, including official transcripts, will be requested of all candidates progressing to the interview stage.

Please email any questions to Professor VanderLinden at the address given above.