Job Opening
October 9, 2009 — 7:41

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Comments: 1

CALVIN COLLEGE, Grand Rapids, MI. Three year appointment, beginning September 2010, with the possibility of continuation, to fill the William Harry Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy. Three to four undergraduate courses per year. The holder of the chair will be a scholar and teacher of considerable philosophical distinction whose record of publications constitute, or strongly promise, a substantial contribution to Christian philosophy. Areas of specialization might include positive and negative apologetics, philosophical theology, issues of metaphysics and epistemology in relation to Christian faith, and Christian theories of culture, politics, and morality. The holder of the chair will be someone who has also demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. EEOE. Calvin College is a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity. Applicants should express their understanding of and serious commitment to this tradition in the letter of application. For further information about Calvin College, its tradition, and faculty requirements go to The committee will begin reviewing applications on December 11, 2009. Send letter of application, CV, writing sample, three letters of reference, and evidence of undergraduate teaching effectiveness to: Dr. Gregory Mellema, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Nominations are also welcome.

  • I’m confused by this. It’s a named chair, and they are looking for someone of “considerable philosophical distinction”. That would suggest that they are looking for someone senior who most likely has a tenured appointment elsewhere. On the other hand, it’s not tenured or tenure-track, but a “three year appointment, … with the possibility of continuation”.
    Or am I overreading “considerable philosophical distinction”?

    October 12, 2009 — 10:28