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Dordt is a private institution of higher education, committed to the Reformed Christian perspective. Located in the heart of the midwest in the thriving community of Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt seeks to provide a holistic learning experience for our students, in which they can develop Christian insight to discern and challenge the worldviews of our age in light of God's Word from a Reformed perspective.

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Why Dordt?

With nearly 300 employees—including faculty, staff, coaches, and adjunct faculty—Dordt enjoys a great spirit of collaboration and community in which all are committed to helping our students grow through the integration of faith and learning opportunities.

About Dordt

Associated with the Christian Reformed Church, Dordt College was founded in 1955 in Sioux Center, Iowa and welcomes all students who are interested in a biblical, Christ-centered education. Today, as an accredited Christian liberal arts university, we're on a mission to cultivate the next generation of servant-leaders, who will saturate their relationships and communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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A view of Dordt's Campus Center through the flowers in the Dordt Prairie

Reformed Perspective

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.

Application Process

For full consideration by the search committee, a complete application for a position at Dordt University contains the following materials:

1. Cover Letter

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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:

Academic Affairs
Dordt University
700 7th Street NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250
VPAA@dordt.edu

5. 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.

  1. Cover Letter
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

Academic Affairs
Dordt University
700 7th Street NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250
VPAA@dordt.edu

  1. 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.

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. References: Submit the names and contact information of three persons familiar with your professional background who can be contacted concerning your qualifications.
  4. Official Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate if applicable)

Human Resource Office
Dordt University
700 7th Street NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250
hr@dordt.edu

  1. Statement: Describe in a few pages your religious convictions, your understanding of Christian higher education, and how your philosophical orientation directs your professional work. 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.)

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. References: Submit the names and contact information of three persons familiar with your professional background who can be contacted concerning your qualifications.

Interview Process

Dordt is committed to a communal hiring process for faculty members. For each position opening, the related department, division/program chair, 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.

Handbook Information

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 expectations found in the faculty handbook & staff 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. 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 7.5.9 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.
  • 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 sexuality, gender identity, and sexual conduct policy.

  • 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.

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