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Position Summary

The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) seeks a candidate to fill a 12-month (postdoctoral research) Fellow position beginning as soon as April 2018. Candidates will be based in the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) in East Lansing, Michigan. This is a two-year position.

The successful applicant will become part of an interdisciplinary team dedicated to investigating the nature of interdisciplinary activity and employing evidence-based techniques to build interdisciplinary capacity at MSU and beyond. Responsibilities will be divided between (a) research on interdisciplinarity at the art/science interface, (b) research that integrates the arts with natural resource issues, e.g., sustainability, (c) work in support of C4I’s partnership with the Living Architecture Systems Group in Toronto, CA, (d) design and delivery of process-focused, capacity-building workshops, and (e) dissemination of research results in publications and presentations. There will be opportunities to work with high-profile groups and institutions in the US and internationally. The successful applicant will also be expected to continue their own scholarship, and will receive support for those activities.

The College of Arts & Letters promotes an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members in order to achieve true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

CAL has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to CAL’s distinctive education objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.


Required Degree

Doctorate -social science field, broadly construed

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who are committed to an interdisciplinary research career, have research and training experience in areas related to the art/science interface, and have an outstanding academic record. Additional minimum qualifications include:

  • Education: Ph.D. degree in a social science field, broadly construed
  • Experience: professional experience in the arts, including the exhibition of artistic work; experience conducting research at the art/science interface; experience on a collaborative, cross-disciplinary research project
  • Knowledge: expertise in an art field and in some combination of social psychology, communication, creativity, organizational development, or small group dynamics
  • Abilities: demonstrated oral and written communication skills; ability to think creatively about communication, collaboration, and scientific inquiry; ability to interact with members of other disciplines and integrate concepts from related fields; strong interpersonal and decision-making skills
  • Must possess: willingness to travel and work a variable schedule as needed
  • Required Application Materials

    Qualified applicants should submit:

    • cover letter (no more than 2 pages) that includes their experience and qualifications pertinent to the position
    • current curriculum vitae
    • summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or 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
    • names and email addresses of 3 potential references
    Special Instructions

    Review of applications will begin April 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. All applications materials must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State Human Resources website, http://careers.msu.edu/.

    For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Michael O’Rourke, Department of Philosophy, [email protected]

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





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    Posted: 3/23/2018
    Application Due: 5/2/2018
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