The Department of English at Michigan State University invites applications for a scholar, at the level of Associate or Full Professor, whose work connects literary studies and the digital humanities to critical diversity. This position is part of the College’s Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative, which will facilitate research programs, develop new curricula, and seek external funding for scholarship at the intersections of digital theory and practice with issues of social justice and human difference, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and religion. Within the Department of English, this position will foreground literature’s singular ability to shape and critique ideas about our common humanity through the study of history, identity, belief, narrative, and other socially embedded imaginative forms. For a full description of the Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative, see cal.msu.edu/criticaldiversity. For more information about Digital Humanitiesat Michigan State University, see digital humanities.msu.edu.
The Department of English seeks a colleague committed to critical diversity and whose work bridges literary studies and the digital humanities in innovative, field-defining ways. Our new colleague will find faculty in the Department of English who foreground scholarly and pedagogical interest in critical diversity across many subfields, including literature, film studies, creative writing, popular culture, and English education. Our Department also features cross-field areas of study, such as black literature, film, and culture; empire and globalization studies; feminisms, genders, sexualities; film, visual culture, and digital media; modern, contemporary, emergent; and neuro-literary studies. We look forward to welcoming a scholar and teacher who will complement our strengths and help develop new directions, particularly in our literary studies program. This is an academic-year, tenure-system faculty appointment to begin August 16, 2018.
Michigan State University, the nation's pioneer land-grant university, member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and one of the top 100 research universities in the world, was founded in 1855. We are an inclusive, academic community known for our traditionally strong academic disciplines and professional programs, and our liberal arts foundation. Our cross- and interdisciplinary enterprises connect the sciences, humanities, and professions in practical, sustainable, and innovative ways to address society’s rapidly changing needs.
The College of Arts and Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture that actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The College of Arts and 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. We actively encourage applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outtlying 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 pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at http://miwin.msu.edu/. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found http://worklife.msu.edu/. Information about the Academic Advancement Network can be found http://aan.msu.edu/. Information about MSU Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, including the Diversity Research Network can be found http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/.
The College of Arts & Letters employs 250 full-time faculty with 3300 undergraduates and 175 graduate students enrolled in 24 majors, 38 minors, and 9 graduate programs that are housed in 8 departments and 22 research centers and interdisciplinary programs. These include such outstanding programs as African American and African Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Jewish Studies, the Center for Gender in a Global Context and the Center for Interdisciplinarity. The College also has a vibrant mentoring program at the College and Departmental levels. It works closely with MSU’s five international centers that receive Title VI funding and is also a long-time leader in international education sponsoring 70-80 programs each year. In 2016, faculty of color made up 25% of the College faculty and students of color made up 28% of its entering undergraduate class.
The requirements for a successful candidate include:
a Ph.D. in English or in a related Digital Humanities field or discipline;
a record of research, teaching, service, and outreach commensurate with a tenured position and demonstrating a commitment to critical diversity;
evidence of innovation in digital scholarly methods or modes of scholarly communication;
a research program that reflects the needs of minority or underserved populations;
potential for leadership, especially in program development and community building;
a record of promoting inclusivity in classrooms and academic work environments;
experience incorporating multicultural perspectives into curriculum and classroom conversations for 21st century leadership;
experience working in a diverse environment and/or using a variety of teaching methods designed for broad student success;
demonstrated participation in programs designed to promote inclusion;
experience or interest in mentoring students from a variety of backgrounds.
Required Application Materials
Applications should include a letter expressing interest in this position and describing research and teaching qualifications and experience; a current curriculum vitae; the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees; and a statement providing both a summary of experience with diversity in the classroom, in past or planned research endeavors, in mentoring diverse students, and/or in community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how the applicant will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.
Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website (careers.msu.edu). Posting # 472017. Contact Professor Kathleen Fitzpatrick, search committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 354-7423 with questions.
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