Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job description

Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job no: 590744
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Sociology Social Science 10038784
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Tenure System Faculty, Education/Training
Position Summary

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The Department of Sociology at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks candidates for a tenure-system Assistant Professor position in sociology of health. This position is part of a batch hire of faculty within the College of Social Science to address future challenges of coastal environments. The 9-month academic year position begins on August 16, 2020.

We seek candidates to investigate physical and/or mental health dynamics in coastal communities, in a variety of coastal areas and environments around the world, with preference given to applicants who either have or are willing to develop a research program in the Great Lakes region. Successful candidates will examine drivers of health outcomes and/or disparities over time and/or across geographic areas. Such drivers may include, but are not limited to, changes in physical environment (e.g., erosion, pollution, and natural disasters), built infrastructure (e.g., sanitation, drinking water access, and housing), and/or socioeconomic and psychological factors (e.g., education, occupation, health care, family, and neighborhood).

Required Degree

Doctorate -Sociology or closely related field

Minimum RequirementsSuccessful candidates must have:

a PhD in Sociology or closely related field by the date of hire; graduate training and emerging expertise in sociology of health;a promising research agenda, commitment to rigorous and ethical scholarship, and potential for (and/or record of) securing extramural funding;demonstrated potential for (and/or evidence of) high-quality instruction and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels; anddemonstrated potential for (and/or evidence of) effective service to the institution, leadership in the discipline, and/or engagement with broader publics.

Desired QualificationsPreferred candidates will have:

expertise and/or research experience in the health dynamics of coastal communities; andscholarly interests that connect with current departmental strengths of environmental sociology and/or sociology of migration.

Required Application MaterialsApplications must be submitted to the MSU Applicant Page at Complete applications must include

(1) a cover letter;

(2) a curriculum vitae;

(3) a 1-page research statement;

(4) a 1-page teaching statement;

(5) a diversity and inclusion statement (a statement addressing how past/and or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence);

(6) the names and contact information for three professional references.

Special InstructionsReview of applications will begin on October 2, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Hui Liu (Search Committee Chair) at [email protected]

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Department StatementThe Department of Sociology has three signature areas of Environment, Health and Medicine, and Migration.Most faculty in the department perform research and teach courses in one or two of these areas.MSU sociologists have a rich history of interdisciplinary collaborations not only with other social scientists but also with humanists, physical scientists, and/or life scientists.

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, MI, with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and award-winning school districts. MSU is also pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. MSU actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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.

Advertised: Jul 8, 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 8, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 7/15/2019
Application Due: 9/13/2019
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