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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
- Personal Statement: Please write a 3-5 page statement outlining (1) your religious convictions, (2) your understanding of Christian higher education, and (3) your approach to teaching, research, and writing. Throughout your personal statement, please interact with and comment directly upon relationships between your ideas and The Educational Task of Dordt University and The Educational Framework of Dordt University. In particular, be sure to respond to Dordt University’s four curricular coordinates (religious orientation, creational structure, creational development, and contemporary response). Hard copies of the Task and Framework are available upon request.
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. In addition to making a personal statement related to their task at Dordt University, applicants must agree with the following expectations.
- They are called to acknowledge Christ's lordship over all of life and to provide a Christian education for Dordt University students. They are also expected to demonstrate their commitment to the mission of the university by enrolling their children, when appropriate, in Christian day schools. See Faculty Handbook 7.5.10 for information regarding grade school and high school scholarships.
- Affiliating with one of the local confessionally Reformed congregations (adhering to the three forms of unity—The Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and Canons of Dort and/or the Westminster Standards)—that actively supports the mission of Dordt University (as indicated by regular and specific financial support of the university through denomination, regional judicatory, or congregation).
- Giving assent to the three forms of Reformed Christian unity, namely the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.
- 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 anti-harassment policy and position that considers pre-marital, extra-marital, and same-gender sexual relations to be unacceptable behavior.
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, area leader, Academic Senate members, academic affairs personnel, and the president have an opportunity to interview the final candidates. The candidate recommended for an initial term contract then interviews with members of the Board of Trustees. This intensive process helps to ensure the best mutual fit for each position and allows candidates to better understand the university community.
Salary and Benefits
Our competitive salary and benefits package includes Blue Cross/Blue Shield family medical coverage; dental and vision insurance options; a $50,000 base life insurance plan; a TIAA-CREF retirement plan to which Dordt contributes 6% of the annual salary (Dordt will also match additional employee contributions up to a maximum amount based on years of service); a tuition scholarship which based on eligibility will provide up to 70% for employees' children in grades K-12 in a Christian school and a 50% reduction in Dordt tuition for employee family members; and an Employee Assistance Program. A number of other benefits are also available, including a generous faculty development/conference allowance, moving expense reimbursement, a free family membership to our Recreation Center, free entrance to university-sponsored athletic and music events, and a 10% bookstore discount.
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: