We appreciate your interest in a position at Dordt. Please contact us if you have additional questions or would like more information about any item.
Associate with the Christian Reformed Church, Dordt was founded in 1955 and today welcomes more than 1,500 students and 85 full-time faculty members committed to learning and teaching from a biblical, Reformed perspective. Learn more about Dordt.
Dordt takes its Reformed Christian perspective seriously at all levels of faculty hiring, development, and performance review. Applicants must demonstrate a Christian faith commitment in agreement with Scripture and the basic tenets of the Reformed faith; they must also articulate how their Christian convictions are reflected in their teaching and scholarship. Dordt faculty members continually work to develop and communicate their understanding of how their Reformed worldview influences how they approach their discipline and their task as educator and scholars.
For full consideration by the search committee, a complete application for a faculty position at Dordt University contains the following materials:
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae: Provide a current, detailed résumé that includes personal and biographical information, residence and business addresses and telephone numbers, e-mail address, religious background, educational background, professional experience – include reasons for changes of employment and explanation of any gaps in employment, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and other information such as research interests, publications, awards, and samples of scholarly activity you believe will be helpful in the assessment of your candidacy.
- References: Submit the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three persons familiar with your academic and professional background who can be contacted concerning your qualifications. Please state their relationship to you; at least one person should be able to speak about your Christian commitment. Letters of recommendation on your behalf may also be included.
- Official Transcripts: Request that all official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work completed to date be sent to the address below directly from each institution:
700 7th Street NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250
- In addition to the materials we requested we also ask that you please review The Educational Framework of Dordt University and submit a brief response (up to 300 words) regarding your approach to teaching Christianly and how your instruction for this course would be developed around Dordt's curricular framework for religious orientation, creational structure, creational development, and contemporary response. As you write this statement, we also encourage you to review the Educational Task of Dordt University so that you are familiar with Dordt’s understanding of Christian higher education.
The Dordt University community confesses that the Scriptures are the Word of God. As God's infallibly and authoritatively inspired revelation, the Bible reveals the way of salvation in Jesus Christ, requires a life of obedience to the Lord, and provides the key to understanding, to finding and interpreting purpose in life. The educational philosophy of Dordt University is based upon what historically is known as a Reformed (Calvinistic) worldview.
Faculty, staff, and administrative members of Dordt University are expected to acknowledge the need for mutual support and obligations and be sensitive to the expectations of the broader Dordt University community. The applicants must agree with the expectations found in the Faculty Handbook, including the following:
- They are called to acknowledge Christ's lordship over all of life and to provide a Christian education for Dordt University students.
- Although there is an official church affiliation and Christian school requirement for full-time and proportional faculty and exempt staff, any person appointed to a position at Dordt University shall express an active Christian commitment, which shall include identification with a local organized church that holds to beliefs that are consistent with the mission of the university.
- They will seek to obey Scripture's instructions that all are called to "put off" things like "sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed" as well as things such as "anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language," and to "put on" an attitude of "compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and, of course, love" (Colossians 3). More specifically, prospective members of the Dordt University community are expected to agree with its sexuality, gender identity, and sexual conduct policy.
Dordt University endeavors to diversify its faculty within the framework of its mission. The commitment of the university to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national or ethnic origin, or race is consistent with federal and state requirements for nondiscrimination in employment.
Dordt is committed to a communal hiring process for faculty members. For each position opening, the related department, division/program chair, academic affairs personnel, and the president have an opportunity to interview the final candidates. This process helps to ensure the best mutual fit for each position and allows candidates to better understand the university community.
Our faculty handbook includes principles for decision-making, brief job descriptions, contract types and evaluation processes, and a number of academic policies and procedures. Review the handbook: