Associate/Full Professor Tenure System
We are seeking tenured faculty with the ability to be appointed at the rank of Associate or Full Professor (9-month appointment, tenured) in the Department of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. The areas of specialization for this position is open, with a preference for the capacity to teach interdisciplinary methods in the social sciences. This position is a 100% appointment in African American and African Studies, with an expected time percentage of 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service.
This tenured faculty member will play a key role in the development of a new AAAS Department with core areas in Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities Studies. The normal teaching load is 2-2. We are seeking candidates that hold a doctorate in Black Studies, Ethnic Studies, Women, Gender, and/or Sexuality Studies, hold relevant terminal degrees, or practice any related interdisciplinary approach. The service load for this position will be distinctive as the incumbent will provide support to an inaugural chairperson. We are searching for a senior scholar to be part of the transition from a PhD granting program with an undergraduate minor to a PhD granting department with a proposed undergraduate major and minor. The following responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Aiding in the implementation of strategic short- and long-range plans for departmental development;
- Assisting in the creation and implementation of operating policies and procedures according to best practices of faculty governance; including best practices for recruiting outstanding faculty, students, and staff;
- Helping to facilitate the creation of a departmental governance structure; and
- Aiding in creating educational programs to foster and produce knowledge in the field.
We are seeking candidates that have a doctorate in Black Studies, Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, hold relevant terminal degrees, or practice any related interdisciplinary approach. We value interdisciplinarity and the work of candidates (especially those with a PhD in a "traditional" discipline) should incorporate and seriously engages knowledge, methods, and approaches from Race and Ethnic Studies, especially Black Studies.
Candidates for this position must meet the requirements for tenure at the rank of associate or full professor. There are no required areas of specialization for this position. It is an open search. However, there is a preference for the capacity to teach interdisciplinary social science methods. However, it is a department whose areas of specialization will include Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities Studies.
The Department is seeking an applicant with an appreciation for the range of methodologies and approaches related to Black Studies. Candidates should possess excellent communication skills. A successful candidate should have a demonstrated history of community engagement and/or community-based approaches to scholarship.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. MSU offers a generous benefits package (details at http://www.hr.msu.edu).
The Department is seeking an applicant with an appreciation for the range of methodologies and approaches related to Black Studies.
- Candidates should possess excellent communication skills.
- Demonstrate history of community engagement and/or community-based approaches to scholarship.
- There is a preference for candidates with the capacity to teach interdisciplinary social science methods
Required Application Materials
- A cover letter;
- Current CV;
- A research statement articulating research trajectory emphasizing representative scholarship and future plans;
- A statement on how you would go about achieving a culture where community differences contribute to collective aims and excellence, while also fostering a culture of inclusion as a senior scholar in the Department;
- Email addresses of 4 potential referees who can comment on quality of scholarship/ teaching/service. 3 of the 4 referees must be of equal or higher rank.
Application Procedure: To apply, applicants must submit an application at the MSU Human Resources site at http://careers.msu.edu/ (Posting #594270). Applications received by November 1, 2019 will receive full consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
Inquiries about the position should be addressed to: Glenn Chambers Jr., Ph.D. Professor of AAAS and History, Michigan State University 619 Red Cedar Rd #C629, East Lansing, MI 48824, Office: 517-432-0869, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Michigan State University is a national leader in agricultural research and extension programming. MSU is a member of the AAU with a diverse community of dedicated students, scholars, athletes, and artists that provide regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research and excellence in teaching. AAAS at MSU was initially founded as a PhD granting program in 2002 as a unit committed to making concrete connections between faculty scholarship, pedagogy, and social justice causes. An undergraduate minor was created in 2014 in order to extend the Black Studies experience to an increasing interest undergraduate population. With the creation of the new department (effective July 1, 2019), AAAS continues to embrace diverse scholarly approaches to research, teaching, and civic engagement required for comprehensive study within the larger Black Studies discipline. Based on scholarly and intellectual strengths identified during an extensive visioning process for the transition to a new department, AAAS has defined its major areas of intellectual inquiry broadly as Feminisms, Genders and Sexuality Studies; Historical Studies; and Social and Cultural Studies.
The College of Arts & Letters promotes an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members in order to achieve true excellence. The College of Arts and Letters is interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accomodation.
The College of Arts & Letters promotes an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members in order to achieve true excellence. The College of Arts and Letters is interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
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