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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Social Science Dean 10038766
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

The College of Social Science (CSS) seeks Research Associates that will participate in a CSS Dean's Research Associate Development Institute, with the goal of possibly transitioning into tenure-system positions at Michigan State University.

College of Social Science Dean's Research Associate (Postdoc) Program

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

Program Description

The College of Social Science (CSS) Dean's Research Associate Program at Michigan State University was established in 2018, as a major College initiative aimed at promoting an inclusive scholarly environment in which outstanding scholars in the social sciences support the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academy. The Dean's Research Associates will have a minimal teaching load, will be mentored and supported, and will participate in a CSS Dean's Research Associate Development Institute, with the goal of possibly transitioning them into tenure-system positions at Michigan State University.


Appointments will be made to applicants who show promise for tenure-system positions in Michigan State University's College of Social Science in accordance with MSU academic hiring process. Each appointment is for a minimum of 9 months, renewable for an additional year, contingent upon demonstration of research productivity. The selected candidate will receive a salary that is comparable to that of a starting Assistant Professor in the Research Associate's discipline, plus benefits, and a budget for research and travel. Transitioning into a tenure-system faculty position at Michigan State University will require a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, which include substantial peer input. MSU's academic hiring process will be followed in appointing the candidates that advance into the tenure-system.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements


Applicants who will have a Ph.D. in hand from an accredited university by September 2020, and no earlier than May 2017, with degrees and research interests in areas covered by the College's Departments and Schools.

Required Application Materials


To apply, submit materials online through and electronically attach the following:

  1. Three page statement addressing how your research, teaching, and service, contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Academic Research Paper
  4. Three page research proposal outlining research interests and plans for the fellowship year(s)
  5. 1/2 page statement describing your teaching philosophy, and the course(s) you could teach during the fellowship period
  6. Please arrange for three confidential letters of reference, which should address your potential for employment as a faculty member at MSU, to be sent to Jalen Smith at

Special Instructions

Review of applications will start on August 28, 2019 and will continue until positions are filled.

Questions concerning the search may be addressed to Nwando Achebe, Faculty Excellence Advocate, College of Social Science (

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Department Statement

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

MSU is located in East Lansing, Michigan, with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and great school districts. The university is proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the university. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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