Geneva is a Christian liberal arts college located about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. Founded in 1848 by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva has majors in both liberal arts and pre-professional programs, and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. In all fields of study, students are challenged to explore the implications of the Christian faith on their discipline. Geneva has approximately 2,000 students enrolled in its various programs taught by its faculty of nearly 80 members.
Geneva College is a Christ-centered academic community, that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbour. Founded upon a biblical view of life and the world as expressed in evangelical and Reformed theology and set forth in the College’s “Foundational Concepts of Christian Education.” Geneva College is committed consciously and wholeheartedly to offering Christian higher education designed for the whole life of the whole person.
Following the creedal commitment of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) to the Westminster Confession of Faith, Geneva believes: the Bible to be the inerrant authoritative Word of God; there is one God eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the deity of Jesus Christ and His vicarious and atoning death on the cross; that since humankind is sinful and lost, the regeneration of the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary for salvation; the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the lost unto damnation and the saved unto the resurrection of life; that Jesus Christ is King of all the realms of life and society now and He shall return personally to consummate His kingdom.
Position Available: Full-Time Faculty Position in Political Science
Description: Geneva College invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in Political Science. This position begins in August, 2019 and will remain open until filled. All faculty ranks will be considered. Rank and salary will depend on qualifications.
The candidate will be expected to teach the ‘Great Issues’ course in Political Science that is required of all Geneva students. Ideally, the candidate would be able to teach in International and Comparative Politics, but candidates with expertise in other sub-fields or with the ability to teach in Geneva’s Humanities program would be considered. The College is seeking a student-centered, innovative leader and teacher.
The departments place a high value on student-faculty interaction and the selected candidate will be expected to be engaged beyond the classroom. The successful applicant will promote the Political Science program to current and new students with a goal of increasing Political Science enrollments and building the major program. This would include participating in recruiting events and providing academic advising for students from any area of Political Science. Faculty are also required to serve on committees of the faculty, when elected or appointed.
Crucial to this position is a creedally Reformed personal commitment to the biblical Lordship of Jesus Christ and an understanding of, appreciation for, and ability to articulate positively a Reformed view of politics, especially regarding the relationship of church and state.
The candidate must be a thoughtful and articulate Christian and an active member of a Protestant evangelical church. Candidates must support and have an articulate understanding of the Reformed faith. The individual must understand and support the College’s doctrinal position as stated in the College Charter and the ‘Foundational Concepts of Christian Education’ by expressing an evangelical Christian profession of faith and demonstrate the ability to integrate a Christian perspective in their work.
Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications should submit the following for consideration:
1. A focused letter which addresses the candidate’s interest in this position, date of availability, and the specific skills and qualifications related to this position, especially addressing the candidate’s fitness for teaching and integrating faith in the classroom.
2. A statement of faith with an emphasis on the candidate’s understanding of Reformed Theology (‘This is what I believe . . . ) (1-page limit)
3. A statement of the applicant’s faith journey and church involvement (1-page limit)
4. A statement which describes the integration of the candidate’s field and Christian faith in light of the Foundational Concepts of Christian Education’ (available at www.geneva.edu/page/employment)
5. A statement which describes the applicant’s view of the relationship between Christianity and Politics
6. A vita
7. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
8. Three references