Associate Professor/Professor, College of Arts and Letters

East Lansing, MI
Feb 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Posting Number: 4872

Internal Posting Date: 02-03-2017

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on: 03-01-2017

Job Title: Associate Professor/Professor

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Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Arts and Letters

Primary Department: 10004264 ENGLISH

Position Employee Group: Tenure System Faculty-FAS

Appointment Basis: Academic Year, 9 month

Appointment Status: Tenure System Faculty

Employment %: 100%


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Position Summary: The College of Arts & Letters and the College of Social Science at Michigan State University seek a group of culturally engaged digital arts and humanities scholars to join a transformative initiative to explore, interrogate, and cultivate Critical Diversity in a Digital Age. We are looking for creative, collaborative leaders in digital humanities and digital arts who think synthetically about scholarship, teaching, and creative endeavors. These new colleagues will join a group of faculty and students at Michigan State University with an energetic focus on humanities questions of race, inclusion, cultural preservation, global interconnectedness, and engaged scholarship. They will be part of the Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR), which serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for MSU scholars, artists, and teachers who work at the intersections of self/society, digital/material, technology/culture to advance leading-edge scholarship and creative activity that integrates diversity in a digital age.

For full description of the Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative, see

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. The College's initiative, Critical Diversity in a Digital Age, 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, and religion. Within the Department of English, this position will foreground literature's singular ability to shape and critique ideas about humanity through the study of history, identity, belief, narrative, and other socially embedded imaginative forms. 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. The successful candidate will help establish the interdisciplinary Critical Diversity in a Digital Age consortium that, with its focus on critical diversity, will distinguish MSU's intellectual contributions to the digital humanities. 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, 2017 at the earliest.

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Number of Reference Letters Required: 3

Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website ( Applications should include a letter expressing interest in this position and describing qualifications and experience, a current curriculum vitae, a sample of work (link or document) in the literary digital humanities with a focus on critical diversity, and have ready the names and
email addresses of 3 potential referees. Contact Cara Cilano at or (517) 355-7575 with questions.

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.

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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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