Assistant Professor-Tenure System

East Lansing MI, MI
Jul 06, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

James Madison College seeks to fill an Assistant Professor Tenure-Stream position in political economy and political theory with a focus on state and marketplace interaction and the history of modern commercial democracy.  The position fills a commitment to infuse economics training with a major that focuses on modern constitutional democracy (its origins, practice, critics, and defenders) from the perspective of political philosophy.  Potential areas of research and teaching focus include feminist theory, religion and economics, family and gender issues in the workplace, and federalism, as such issues complement the study of constitutional structure and modern capitalism. 

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to teach courses on state and market interaction as well as core courses in the history of political thought. Applicants should demonstrate commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching in an interdisciplinary program and to achieving a substantial record of scholarship. Ph.D. in a related field is required by time of appointment. 

Required Application Materials

Applicants should supply a statement addressing how their teaching and research interests would contribute to the Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy curriculum specifically and to James Madison College’s curriculum and mission more broadly.  Supporting materials should include a CV, transcript, evidence of teaching approach and effectiveness, sample syllabi, and a sample of scholarship (e.g., dissertation chapter, article, conference paper).  The names and contact information for three confidential references that speak to teaching expertise and scholarly promise must be provided as part of the application process. MSU will contact these references within five business days after a candidate completes and submits their application with instructions for the references on how to upload their confidential letter into MSU’s application system.


Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site:

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Department Statement

James Madison College (JMC) provides a liberal education in public affairs, combining the ethos of a small liberal arts college with the advantages of a large, diverse university. The faculty’s primary mission is excellence in undergraduate teaching, and the college is noted for its rigorous academic standards and attention to the analytical, writing and speaking skills of its students. JMC is home to four majors (Culture and Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, and Social Relations and Policy) and four minors (Muslim Studies; Western European Studies; Political Economy; and Science, Technology, the Environment and Public Policy). In addition, JMC has close working relationships with MSU’s area studies centers and its many international teaching and research centers.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.