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Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair-Ast/Asc Prof.

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: English 10004264
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair-Ast/Asc Prof.

Position Summary

The Department of English at MSU invites applications for the Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in North American Indian Literary Studies with a focus on any genre of Creative Writing, including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and cross-genre practices. The express purpose of the Audrey and John Leslie Endowment in Literary Studies is to promote the transformative potential of literature, and the English Department is particularly interested in candidates whose creative practice, scholarship, and/or editing highlights the political and cultural work that literature accomplishes.

The successful candidate will have a promising record of creative production in North American Indian literatures and a history of working in or with tribal communities. We welcome candidates interested in any of the following areas: North American Indian literary studies, heritage language revitalization, translation studies, environmental and ecocritical studies, social justice studies, popular culture, gender studies, graphic literature, digital humanities, and film studies.

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


Minimum Requirements

Rank is open to Assistant or Associate Professors. Successful applicants must have earned either an MFA or PhD, or a combination of an MA and evidence of high caliber, creative publications equivalent to that evidenced by the MFA or PhD, along with a substantial record of teaching experience in higher education and/or in Indigenous communities. Salary is competitive, commensurate with rank and experience, and the Endowed Chair position is enriched by research and programming funds.

Required Application Materials

  • a cover letter letter describing their creative and pedagogical practices;
  • current curriculum vitae; a writing sample of approximately 25-30 pages;
  • the names and email addresses of 3 referees for Assistant Professor rank and names and email addresses of 4 referees for Associate Professor rank
  • and a statement on leading and teaching in diverse pedagogical, communal, and institutional environments. This statement should also include evidence of a demonstrated record of active engagement with North American Indian tribal communities. For more about MSUs DEI efforts, see For more information about writing diversity statements, see

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin November 10, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website ( Posting #904288. Inquiries may be directed to Scott Michaelsen, search committee chair, at Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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Department Statement

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion. Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples, and, in particular, the University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.

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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