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Inst/Ast Prof - Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Lyman Briggs College
Department: Lyman Briggs Dean 10028546
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Working/Functional Title

Inst/Ast Prof - Fixed Term

Position Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) and MSU’s Lyman Briggs College (LBC) actively promote 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.

Founded in 1967, Lyman Briggs College is a vibrant residential STEM college at Michigan State University that focuses on the study of science in its social, historical, and humanistic contexts. This pool posting is for qualified candidates to teach as an instructor for our introductory chemistry courses. Please note that this position could be part-time or full-time and it is possible that no positions are needed in some semesters. The review of applications is ongoing and continuous, as needed.  

 LBC’s curriculum integrates cutting-edge student-focused science pedagogy with an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum that explores the sciences and the human and social dimensions of the sciences. We value teaching approaches that include high degrees of research-informed best practices, including elements such as interactive engagement and peer-learning. Our general chemistry courses consist of a two-course sequence with laboratory classes running concurrently, but as independent courses. Our lectures rely on a flipped instructional approach and students engaging in group work in the classroom. Students are expected to actively engage with the science practices throughout the course. The laboratory courses are multi-week, student-driven experiments. Undergraduate Learning Assistants, supervised by the course instructors and assist with the instruction in both the lecture and laboratory courses. Multi-section courses are typically designed and taught with a high degree of collaboration across all instructors. Since we are seeking candidates for a pool of available instructors for our classes, specific course needs will vary from semester to semester.

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

Doctorate -chemistry, chemistry education, or a clo

Minimum Requirements

Master’s degree in relevant field of study and teaching experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience teaching chemistry in higher education settings;
  • PhD in relevant field;
  • Experience in supervision or mentorship of undergraduate students;
  • Experience in collaborative instruction;
  • Instructor of record for classes with 50-150 students.

Required Application Materials

  • CV including education background / qualifications, a list of publications, teaching and mentoring roles, leadership positions, contributions to the academic community, and efforts in public outreach; 
  • a statement of teaching philosophy that highlights (1) the applicant’s commitment to evidence-based practices, (2) the candidate’s efforts to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the classroom, and (3) mentoring students (in a research or classroom setting);
  • the names and contact information for 3 professional references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as needed.


Department Statement

The LBC curriculum integrates the natural sciences and mathematics with the history, philosophy, sociology, and communication of the sciences. There are approximately 2,000 students in Lyman Briggs, of which 66% are women. Additionally, 32% of LBC students are members of the Honors College. Faculty work closely with students in small classes and with student groups such as the LBC Inclusivity Committee Student Group and Women in Science. LBC is also a leading center for research on teaching and learning and for interdisciplinary scholarship. The college boasts a dynamic community of students, staff and faculty who make LBC an exceptional place to learn and work.

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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