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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 693758
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Packaging 10002634
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Union, Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Education/Training, Engineers/Architects

Position Summary

The School of Packaging ( in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking qualified applicants for two Instructor positions.

These are 100% time, academic year (9 month) fixed-term position with a teaching /service (90%/10%) assignment that begin August 2021The contract is renewable annually for up to three years. 

TEACHING (90%)  Teach core and elective undergraduate and graduate packaging classes that leverage broad ranging expertise focused on packaging.  Areas of teaching will leverage a broad experience related to consumer goods packaging.  Potential class topics include the areas of: packaging materials and processes, package design, as well as supply chain issues having to do with the value chain and distribution dynamics. Coverage of these topics could range from introductory level to project-based applications with external clients.   To develop an understanding of the entire portfolio of courses offered by the School of Packaging, please reference MSU’s Course Catalog and search course subject “PKG” available at:   Teaching responsibilities will also extend into the service appointment (as indicated below).  

 Instructors will be expected to engage, inspire and support all learners (from packaging students to professionals) to ensure learning objectives are met.

 Learning outcomes will be measured through the use and assessment of various pedagogical strategies which engage learners with a breadth of learning styles while fostering a sense of student belonging to both the School and the discipline of Packaging. Active learning strategies and effective pedagogical methods are a must for this position. 


Candidate will provide instruction for non-degree and continuing education learners, as well as industry professionals.  The ideal candidate will provide and deliver novel, forward thinking content for all levels of learner  

As faculty advisor for student led groupsthe candidate will mentor student leadership and provide support and oversight as well as liaise with industry and other academic partners to enrich the student experience 

 Participate in School governance per by-laws; Example of such activity include: engagement with the curriculum committee.   Curricular development should be inclusive of recent research and reflective of current industry needs and trends.   


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Packaging, Engineering, Material Science

Minimum Requirements

 Candidates must have the following qualifications:

a) MS/MA/MBA  in Packaging, Engineering, Material Science, Environmental Science, Education, Business or similar and

b) have a minimum of 1 year of experience working with packaging or teaching in a related STEM field.  

Desired Qualifications

and/or PhD

Experience with and teaching in Packaging preferred. 

Candidate should have general experiences which enable diverse learners to develop technical knowledge related to a variety of different packaging topics 

 Industry experience and the ability to relate these experiences to course topics is preferred.  

Required Application Materials

 Qualified applicants should submit:

a) a cover letter

b) a current resume or curriculum vitae

c) a statement of Teaching Philosophy (limited to 1 page)

d) A diversity, equity and inclusion statement.  This statement provides a summary of the candidate’s experience with: creating diverse and inclusive environmentsand mentoring diverse populations.  The statement will end with the candidate’s ability to contribute to our goal of creating a diverse community that inspires a sense of belonging for all (limited to 1 page)

 e) the names and email addresses of three references online at


Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on April 5, 2021 and will continue until the positions are both filled.

Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Tracy Lorenz, Administrative Assistant, School of Packaging, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824-1325. Telephone 517 353-4384, E-mail: 

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Department Statement

Michigan State University - School of Packaging: As the premier Land Grant University, MSU has strong interrelated programs across the spectrum of food, health, and sustainability and is committed to linking food, environment, and human health. The School of Packaging (SoP), founded in 1952, is the leading institution in packaging education and research. As the only university offering a Ph.D. program in packaging, the School of Packaging at MSU attracts students from a variety of disciplines around the world. The school is poised for significant growth that will support MSU goals.

Furthermore, the highly collaborative and productive faculty provides a very positive environment for professional growth and program expansion. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000.

Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found  

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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