Research Associate-Fixed Term

East Lansing MI, MI
Mar 13, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

Michigan State University invites applicants for a 12- month appointment as a Research Associate (postdoctoral research fellow) under the supervision of Professor Kyle Whyte in the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts & Letters. The fellowship seeks to support a scholar who specializes in research and teaching on Indigenous peoples and the environment. This specialization includes diverse areas, not limited to Indigenous topics on climate justice, food sovereignty, environmental justice, knowledge systems (e.g. traditional ecological knowledge), ecology, environmental ethics, health and wellness. This fellow will have an unparalleled opportunity to develop their research and teaching at the nexus of Indigenous peoples and environmental issues.

The primary responsibilities of the fellow will be to develop programming, bibliographic materials, publications and online resources that will increase public and scholarly awareness of Indigenous peoples, contributions to and leadership in environmental studies and/or food studies. The specific responsibilities in these areas will be developed collaboratively with the supervisor and will privilege as much as feasible the fellow’s own specializations.  

The Research Associate (postdoctoral research fellow) will be expected to be in residence at Michigan State University during the entire 12 month appointment.

MSU offers many programs for research at the nexus of environmental and food science and Indigenous peoples. Programs include Environmental Science & Policy Program, the Native American Institute, the Center for Coupled Human-Natural Systems, the American Indian Studies Program, the Center for Regional Food Systems and the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. Faculty and students who participate in these groups offer numerous opportunities for participation in scholarly communities.

MSU is a research university, a member of the Association of American Universities, and is affiliated with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation consortium. 

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. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. 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.

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. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Philosophy

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should be scholars with a PhD in any humanities, social science field, science field or interdisciplinary field (e.g. Indigenous studies) who specialize in any of the previously described research areas. Related research areas, such as Indigenous science, technology and society or Indigenous health and wellness, are also encouraged to apply, given the connections to food and environmental issues.  

Required Application Materials

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of your experience with diversity in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence, article length writing sample (published or unpublished) and list of three references. Curriculum vitae should include publications and presentations. The position will start August 16, 2018. Review of applications will begin on March 8, 2018 and continue until position has been filled. Applications should be submitted electronically to the, posting # 492338. Queries may be directed to Professor Kyle Whyte, Chair of the Search Committee, [email protected].

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