Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Letters

East Lansing, MI
Jan 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Posting Number: 4799

Internal Posting Date: 01-24-2017

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on: 02-28-2017

Job Title: Assistant Professor

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Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Arts and Letters

Primary Department: 10004264 ENGLISH

Position Employee Group: Fixed Term Faculty-FAS

Appointment Basis: Academic Year, 9 month

Appointment Status: Fixed Term Faculty

Employment %: 100%


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Faculty: Salary Range Support Staff: Pay Minimum $53,000

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Position Summary: The Department of English at Michigan State University invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Teaching Appointment in Film Studies beginning August 16, 2017. The position's salary is $53,000 for the academic year, plus benefits and a research budget. The recipient must have received a Ph.D. in film studies or its equivalent within three years prior to the start date.

We are seeking applicants working at the intersections of film and new media with issues of diversity and underrepresented groups. The ideal candidate will have emerging expertise in one or more of the following areas: film theory and digital aesthetics, new and emergent media archaeologies, and/or the digital humanities; along with additional expertise in areas such as race & ethnicity, class and inequality, LGBTQ studies, disability studies, and/or feminism. We welcome candidates with expertise in a variety of national and transnational media cultures.

As a postdoctoral teaching faculty member, the candidate will be assigned a 2/1 teaching load, and applicants must be prepared to teach lower and upper level undergraduate courses in the Film Studies Program. Extensive mentoring will be provided to help develop the candidate's career trajectory.

Housed in the Department of English, the Film Studies Program ( offers both a rigorous undergraduate major emphasizing theory and history and two production minors in Fiction Filmmaking and Documentary Production. The Department of English is a dynamic inclusive community that encourages intellectual and cultural diversity, prepares students for a range of careers that require global cultural knowledge, and is an integral part of the College of Arts & Letters and Michigan State University's international engagement.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements A PhD in film studies or its equivalent.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
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Number of Reference Letters Required: 3

Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Letter of application, writing samples of 20 pages, CV, and teaching portfolio (including a teaching statement, sample upper and lower level syllabi, and student evaluations) must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State University Human Resources website (search for position 4799). After you submit your online application, you will also be prompted to enter the e-mail addresses of at least three references who will be contacted and asked to upload letters of recommendation, at least one of which must speak to your teaching experience.

Inquiries may be directed to Joshua Yumibe, Director of Film Studies, Department of English

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MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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