Director of the Nagel Institute

Calvin College invites applications for the Director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity. The Nagel Institute supports research and programs that foster the study of world Christianity and strengthen Christian intellectual and cultural movements worldwide.


The director is a senior professional with a significant record of achievement in scholarship and programming in the study of World Christianity. The director is the critical force for envisaging, funding, promoting, and executing programs for the institute. The broad duties of the director include promoting, generating, and encouraging new scholarly initiatives on issues of world Christianity. Further Director responsibilities include promoting faculty participation in external networks devoted to world Christianity. Some travel is expected. The Director devotes at least one-half of a full-time workload to the operation of the Nagel Institute  With college approval, the workload and salary may be expanded up to the full-time level through external gifts, grants, or contracts that further the mission of the Institute.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

  1. Promote, generate, and encourage new scholarly initiatives on issues of World Christianity.
  2.  Promote faculty participation in external networks devoted to World Christianity.
  3.  Oversee external communication links, including a web presence devoted to issues of World Christianity.
  4.  Oversee the budget of the institute.
  5.  Ensure efficient and effective completion of Institute projects.
  6. Take principal responsibility for writing grant proposals and obtaining external funding in collaboration with Calvin’s Offices of Advancement.
  7. Serve as chief liaison between the Nagel Institute and its governing board.

Required Skills 

As a liberal arts college rooted in the Reformed tradition of Christianity, we seek applicants who are personally committed to that tradition. Calvin College seeks faculty members who affirm the Christian faith as expressed by the Reformed confessions. Calvin College complies with all federal and state requirements regarding nondiscrimination. Women and members of racial and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

This is a staff position with faculty status. View our Faculty requirements here to see the expanded guide for context: 

Required Experience

The position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent, five to ten years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A distinguished record of publication, teaching, and service is expected.  The Director must have a vision for the Nagel Institute and its potential programming, a passion for matters related to world Christianity, experience in generating project funding, and an aptitude for managing staff.

DIVERSITY COMMITMENT: Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.


  1. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin College as a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.
  2. A commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development.

**Application Materials required: Cover letter, CV, transcripts, references, and a 2-3 page essay on your vision for promoting the study of world Christianity and make a case for your being fit for the job.

The application deadline is April 2

Job Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Position TypePart-Time


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