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Instructor - Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Ctr For Integrative Std - General Sci 10032381
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 45000.00-65000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Working/Functional Title

Instructor Fixed-Term

Position Summary

The Center for Integrative Studies in General Science (CISGS) at Michigan State University is excited to invite applications for a dedicated educator to join our team to teach physical science courses to non-science majors in lecture settings. Michigan State University is committed to strategically increasing its capacity to provide national leadership in science education scholarship by building our long-standing record of excellence in Scientific Literacy, curriculum development, and research. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Our goal as related to this position is to continue to provide outstanding science teaching of non-STEM undergraduate students in our Integrated Studies in Physical Science (ISP) lecture programming.

The initial appointment, with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2023, will be for one academic year (9 months) with the expectation of continuing renewal based on satisfactory performance. Current individuals in fixed term positions in CISGS have an average of 15 years in service. Responsibilities for this position include: 1) teaching ISP lecture courses and 2) curriculum development for lecture programming, specifically:

  • Teach a full course load of physical science courses for non-science majors, including lecture components, course preparation, and assessment.
  • Foster an inclusive and welcoming classroom environment that respects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of students.
  • Develop and implement effective teaching strategies that engage students and support their learning and understanding of physical science concepts.
  • Participate in departmental meetings, academic, and administrative activities as required.

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 - physical science, science education, or closely related field(s)

Desired Degree

Doctorate - physical science, science education, or closely related field(s)

Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree or higher in physical science, science education, or closely related field(s).
  • Experience using instructional technologies as curricular resources.
  • Ability to collaborate in the development and improvement of student-centered curricular resources that include the competencies of scientific and quantitative literacy.
  • Proven commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and in the academic community.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex scientific concepts.

Desired Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree in physical science, science education, or closely related field(s).
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience in higher education.
  • Commented

Required Application Materials

All submitted applications must include the following:

  1. Responses to Qualtrics survey:
    1. How would you encourage non-science majors to engage in critical and/or scientific thinking?
    2. Which challenges do you anticipate encountering as an instructor in CISGS and how would you overcome them?
    3. Describe your experience incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into your classroom practice.
    4. Why are you the ideal candidate for this position?
  2. CV
  3. Names and contact information for two references.
  4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness - up to 2 pages (single spaced).

Special Instructions

A background check is required for employment.

The evaluation process will begin on March 17, 2023, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Julie Libarkin (


Department Statement

The mission of The Center for Integrative Studies in General Science is to make a real-world difference in the lives of MSU students and future generations, by fostering Scientific Literacy and Quantitative Literacy among our undergraduate students and educators of tomorrow.

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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