Administrative Assistant III, College of Arts and Letters

East Lansing, MI
Mar 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Posting Number: 5079

Internal Posting Date: 03-08-2017

Internal Closing Date: 03-14-2017

External Closing Date: 03-21-2017

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Job Title: Administrative Assistant III

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Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Arts and Letters

Primary Department: 10004264 ENGLISH

Position Employee Group: Professionals-AP

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Employment %: 100

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

Work Hours: Standard 8-5

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Limited Term/Flexible Appointment/Off-Date Information: This is an off-date position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Faculty: Salary Range Support Staff: Pay Minimum Salary Negotiable

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Pay Grade Level: 13

Position Summary: The Department of English at Michigan State University seeks a Literature, Cognitive Science, and Digital Humanities lab manager to coordinate ongoing initiatives in history of mind, literary neuroscience, digital humanities, and cognitive approaches to fiction, poetry and the arts at the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab (DHLC). The Digital Humanities & Literary Cognition Lab (DHLC) is a space in the Department of English currently devoted to cultivating interdisciplinary projects across literature, cognitive science, and DH, including experiments in literary neuroscience, research in the history of mind, and the development of a creative array of digital technologies for research and teaching. The DHLC, based at the MSU English Department (C740 Wells Hall), currently houses approximately 35 students, both graduate and undergraduate, across colleges, working on cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on novel reading, the neuroaesthetics of poetry, and narrative responses to music. Specific job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: managing multiple interdisciplinary projects at the DHLC; working with students and faculty members to advance numerous simultaneous projects; coordinating with Co-PIs (often across universities); assist lead faculty with grant writing, including mentoring students on grant applications; supervising and mentoring student researchers at the DHLC, encouraging them to develop independent research projects and to present/publish work both locally and nationally; assistance with publications and presentations of interdisciplinary work; proctoring subjects in behavioral and neuro scientific studies; project management leading 3+ interdisciplinary teams in literary cognition; ongoing work with media/social media to sustain and raise public visibility of interdisciplinary research at the DHLC and thus at MSU.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in English with a joint degree in one of the following: psychology, cognitive science, or neuroscience; or a related field; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in mentoring students in collaborative and independent research across humanities and sciences; analysis of data; experience proctoring behavioral studies in line with IRB confidentiality/ethics requirements; demonstrated background in literary studies and digital humanities; knowledge of digital tools for literary/linguistic analysis (topic modeling, textual mapping, sentiment analytics, etc.); a basic knowledge of statistics, especially applied to analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; experience with data-visualization, website development, and design; a concrete understanding of different publication processes in humanities and sciences; project management; grant exposure and budget preparation; and/or in performing responsibilities closely related to the operational activities or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Desired Qualifications: MA, PhD or ABD in English, with a joint degree in one of the following: psychology, cognitive science, or neuroscience. Concentration, minor, or relevant experience in DH is preferred; hands-on experience working across humanities and sciences; strong interdisciplinary leadership and organizational skills; strong experience leading or collaborating with teams of researchers across universities, colleges, and/or departments; ability to interpret information in order to coordinate projects and respond to questions; demonstrates a work orientation that includes problem solving, teamwork and adaptability to change, focus on service and continuous learning for self-improvement.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
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Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document

Number of Reference Letters Required: See Special Instructions

Special Instructions to Applicants: Please include the names and contact information for three professional references.

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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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