Geography @ Calvin University

GIS Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Job Opening

The Calvin University geography program in the Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies seeks qualified scholars to join the department.


Calvin University is seeking a full-time regular faculty member to join the Department of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies to teach Geographic Information Science (GIScience) beginning in August 2020. The position is tenure-track at the rank of assistant professor.


The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in GIScience, cartography, and spatial analysis and will share responsibility for the growth of a new Master of GIScience (MScGIS) graduate program scheduled to launch in fall 2021. Faculty are expected to pursue an active scholarship agenda, to advise students, and to serve on university and departmental committees. 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 MScGIS ended.


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


The Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies offers a certificate in GIScience and majors in geography, geology, environmental studies, and environmental science. The department offers excellent teaching facilities including a state-of-the-art GIS computing lab, ArcGIS Servers, GPS and surveying equipment, and a map library. More information about the department can be obtained at


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.

Calvin University is rooted in the liberal arts and sciences and is expanding its global reach through new graduate and online programs. Calvin is building a tradition of diversity and accessibility and seeks faculty who will contribute to that effort.  More information can be obtained at


Education and Experience

Faculty members are expected to demonstrate excellent teaching ability and strong potential for scholarly work. It is expected that candidates will have completed a Ph.D. or be near completion.

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 Reformed Christian University.  Send these documents to Dr. Jason VanHorn, at OR by mail to Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, 3201 Burton St. SE, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.


To Review this call for applications and learn more about the GEO Department and geography program, please visit:

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