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Human Resources

People love working for Spring Arbor University. With leadership devoted to seeking direction from Christ and employees committed to institutional quality, the University continues to push forward with ambitious goals and unmistakable resolve.

By joining the university’s community of learners, you’ll further a legacy of excellent teaching, student service and the integration of faith, living and learning that’s continued over 140 years. Careers at Spring Arbor University do much more than improve your resume — they improve the world.

Please take a moment to review our employment opportunities, which include staff, faculty and administration positions at our main campus in Spring Arbor, Michigan, and regional locations across the state. Employment benefits are spotlighted, as well as the University’s human resources policy.

Employee Benefits

Eligible employees at the University are provided a wide range of benefits. A number of the programs (such as Social Security, workers’ compensation, and unemployment insurance) cover all employees in the manner prescribed by law. Benefits eligibility is dependent upon a variety of factors, including employee classification and workload. The Office of Human Resources can identify the programs for which you are eligible. Some benefit programs require contributions from employees and some are fully paid by the University.

Staff or administrative employees who work 30 hours per week or more are considered to be full-time and are eligible for full-time benefits. Employees who work 20 hours per week and above are eligible for TIAA benefits (after meeting participation requirements) and a tuition discount.

Full-time contracted faculty who work three-quarter time or above are eligible for full-time benefits with SAU. Faculty with a regular contract at half-time and above are eligible for TIAA benefits (after meeting participation requirements) and a tuition discount.

If you are interested in applying for a position at the University, please follow the job postings link via the above button.

Title IX

Spring Arbor University does not discriminate illegally on the basis of sex in admission to or employment in its education programs or activities, and complies with Title IX, with exemptions. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.  The name and address of the University’s Title IX Coordinator is Kayla Knapp, Dean of Students, Spring Arbor University, Main Campus, 106 East Main Street, Spring Arbor, Michigan 49283.

As part of complying with Title IX, VAWA, SaVE and the Clery Act, the Department of Education and Office of Civil Rights requires that all university employees participate in training each year regarding issues relating to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Spring Arbor University welcomes the emphasis that has been placed on reducing these societal problems, and is happy to comply. Take some time to read this Title IX slide presentation [PDF] designed by SAU Attorney, Diane Bower and SAU Title IX Coordinator, Kayla Knapp.

Statement of Faith

We believe in one God, the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as revealed in the Christian scriptures known as the Holy Bible.

We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s incarnate Son who lived a perfect life on earth, proclaiming God’s reign and establishing a community of disciples; who sacrificially died on the cross for the sins of all people; who rose in triumph from death, accomplishing salvation for all who truly believe in him; who is now at the Father’s right hand interceding for us; and who will return to earth in victory, judging all people and establishing his everlasting Kingdom.

We believe in the Holy Scriptures as the inspired and authoritative Word of God. It bears unerring witness to Jesus Christ, the living Word. It is the trustworthy record of God’s revelation, completely, truthful in all it affirms, attested by the early church and subsequent councils, faithfully preserved and true in human experience.

We believe that human beings, men and women equally, are created in the image of God and are called to be his faithful stewards on earth. Although all people have become alienated from God and affected in every part because of sin, by God’s grace all who truly repent of their sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are justified by faith and adopted into the church, the people of God.

We believe that repentance and belief in Christ are evidenced by commitment to a life of obedience to the authority and commandments of the Bible.

We believe that the value of human beings does not depend on their marital status, but that human families were established by God to perpetuate humankind and to provide a stable community for nurturing children in faith and righteous living. Marriage between one man and one woman is the instruction of the Bible for establishing families, and physical sexual expression is to be confined to the marriage relationship.

We believe that God not only counts believers as righteous, but that he makes them righteous; freeing them of sin’s dominion at conversion, purifying their hearts by faith and perfecting them in love by his Spirit, and providing for their growth in grace through God’s participation at every stage of their spiritual life, enabling them through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to live a victorious life of righteousness, justice and practical usefulness.

We believe God’s Kingdom promises to establish “a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Pt. 3:13 TNIV) and where resurrected believers will participate in God’s everlasting Kingdom.

Community Expectations

As members of Spring Arbor University, we recognize the University’s commitment to pursuing academic excellence with a Christ-centered focus, while also recognizing the diversity of the University’s student body, both on the main campus and throughout our extension sites.

Please read more about our community expectations [PDF] for the general Spring Arbor University community as well as the general expectations of our faculty.

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If you’re interested in joining Spring Arbor University in its commission to offer a relevant, virtuous liberal arts education from a Christian perspective, please consider applying for a full, part-time or online faculty position.


Policy Regarding the Use of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illegal Drugs [PDF]
To access information regarding our campus safety statistics, please read our Clery Act Report [PDF].

Human Resources Profile

Spring Arbor University is committed to the policy of equal employment as an appropriate standard of Christian servanthood, and in accordance with federal and state regulations. It is the intent of this policy to provide a workplace free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or physical handicap, in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state law and the Christian perspective and mission of the University.

Teaching at SAU

As a leader in Christian higher education, Spring Arbor University is always looking for faculty that will help teach and train tomorrow’s leaders—our students. As enrollment continues to rise, and as the University remains committed to keeping class sizes low, our need for full-time and adjunct faculty increases as well. You can help make a difference in the life our University and in the lives of our students.

Core to all curriculum at the University is Jesus Christ. As our perspective for learning, Jesus and his teachings play a central role in developing students for future careers as critical participants in the contemporary world and for future studies as lifelong learners.