Distinguished Teacher-Scholar(Postdoctoral) Fellow
Founded in 1967, the Lyman Briggs College (LBC) is a vibrant undergraduate residential college of Michigan State University focusing on the study of sciences in their societal and global contexts. The LBC is committed to building a diverse intellectual community and advancing teacher-scholars from underrepresented and socially marginalized groups in higher education (including, but not limited to, individuals from marginalized socio-economic backgrounds, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ people).
The College established the LBC Distinguished Teacher-Scholar (Postdoc) Fellows Program in 2021 as one part of this commitment, to actively promote a dynamic learning and research environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry, and to promote an inclusive environment in which outstanding teacher-scholars support the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) in the academy. This Program, a partnership between the LBC Dean and the MSU Provost, aims to recruit recent Ph.D.s as distinguished postdoctoral fellows with the goal of successfully transitioning them into tenure-system positions in LBC at MSU at the end of their 2-year fellowship.
For this year’s inaugural Distinguished Teacher-Scholar (T-S) Fellow cohort, we seek candidates with training in the social sciences. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research and teaching experiences and interests are in the social study of science and/or medicine focusing on innovative and interdisciplinary topics related to marginalized or underrepresented communities. These might include but are not limited to decolonizing science; science and medicine in the Global South; environmental justice; queer feminist science and technology studies; transnational circuits of scientific authority and power; inequalities in health or medicine; inequalities in science, knowledge, and/or technology; reproductive justice; psycho-pathologizing of marginalized communities; or socially uneven consequences of scientific misinformation, climate change, or emergent technologies.
The Distinguished T-S Fellows will have a teaching load about half that of LBC tenure system faculty (i.e., 1:1), will have the opportunity to engage in all aspects of the college including shared governance, and will be mentored and supported in their teaching and scholarship both individually and as a cohort. They may also engage with research networks such as the MSU Diversity Research Network and SEISMIC; the many academic programs and units, centers, and organizations on campus that advance the careers of, and support, people from underrepresented and marginalized groups, and participate in professional development opportunities such as observing or participating in college committees and events hosted by various MSU groups such as the STEM Teaching Essentials and the Office of Faculty and Academic Staff Development.
Appointments will be made to applicants who show promise for tenure-system positions in the LBC in accordance with MSU academic hiring process. This year, we anticipate the Distinguished T-S Fellows will join the LBC disciplinary group that includes teacher-scholars of the human, social, and cultural dimensions of the sciences. Each appointment is for a minimum of 1 academic year, renewable for an additional academic year, contingent upon demonstration of teaching and research excellence. The selected candidate will receive a competitive salary, plus benefits, and a budget for research and travel. Transitioning into a tenure-system faculty position at MSU will require a series of structured, merit-based evaluations that will include substantial peer input. MSU’s academic hiring process will be followed in appointing the candidates that advance into the tenure system. These processes require a targeted search to which each Fellow applies and then engages in a job search process.
The LBC curriculum integrates the natural sciences and mathematics with the human, social, and cultural dimensions of the sciences. There are approximately 2,000 students in Lyman Briggs, 66% of whom are women. 31% of all primary and secondary degrees identify as students of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group. 32% of LBC students are members of the MSU Honors College. Faculty work closely with students in small classes employing innovative and evidence-based pedagogical approaches. Along with traditional disciplinary research, LBC also values and supports research on teaching and learning, interdisciplinary research, and research that advances DEI&B. Most LBC faculty members in the tenure system have a joint appointment in a disciplinary department or program to support their scholarship and professional development. The college boasts a dynamic community of students, staff, and faculty who make LBC an exceptional place to learn and work.
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.
Doctorate -social sciences
This program is intended for those either finishing their PhD or just recently earned their PhD (say, within the past three years). Applicants will have attained a PhD in the social sciences from an accredited university no later than August 15, 2022. Applicants will bolster existing strengths and support the launch of exciting new programs and initiatives to build an equitable and diverse scholarly environment through their teaching, research, and/or community engagement. During the inaugural year, we anticipate hiring two Distinguished T-S Fellows with expertise in the social scientific study of medicine, science, knowledge, and/or technology.
Required Application Materials
Universities are complex institutions that rely on faculty to assume diverse responsibilities, including fostering student learning, advancing research, disseminating knowledge, and sustaining inclusive communities. Therefore, we ask for application materials that address all of these aspects of faculty life. To apply, submit application materials online through careers.msu.edu. Search for posting 756813 and electronically attach the following:
a cover letter that frames the candidate’s experiences and interests in research, teaching, and service. The applicant should also describe their interests and plans for enriching the LBC community, including how they have advanced and/or plan to advance issues related to DEI&B.
a curriculum vitae (CV) that includes education background/qualifications, a list of publications (with clear demarcation amongst categories of published, in press, under review, and in preparation), teaching and mentoring roles and training, leadership positions and training, contributions to the academic community, and efforts in public/community outreach.
an academic research paper.
a 2-3 page research statement indicating past experiences and proposing research interests and plans for the fellowship year(s). Preference will be given to research statements that identify how the candidate’s research is interdisciplinary and advances DEI&B.
a 2-3 page teaching statement describing the applicant’s experience with teaching and mentoring and plans. This statement should highlight the applicant's efforts to address issues of DEI&B in the classroom prior to joining LBC and/or during the fellowship period.
Names, email addresses, and phone numbers for four references. While references will not be solicited for the initial evaluation of candidates, references should be prepared to submit letters, promptly upon request, that focus on the candidate's potential research impact on their field, teaching and mentoring experience and potential, efforts to broaden representation in the academy, and/or your potential for employment as a faculty member at MSU.
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Review of applications will start on February 18, 2022 and will continue until positions are filled.
We actively encourage applications from -- and welcome nominations of -- teacher-scholars within the LGBTQA+ community, of color, veterans, with disabilities, and from other marginalized or minoritized groups. MSU is an affirmative-active, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.
Questions concerning the search may be directed to the chair of the T-S Fellows search, Dr. Stef Shuster, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of Applications Begins On
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