Research Associate-Fixed Term

Job description

Job no: 687301
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Al Research And Scholarship 40000801
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University seeks a Research Associate to fill a Postdoctoral position with the Dean’s Office and Public Philosophy Journal. This is a full-time 12-month position with an initial appointment period of 2 years. This position works to support the Public Philosophy Journal and will conduct outreach to the academic community at MSU and beyond to support and promote the Collaborative Community Review process pioneered by PPJ. The successful candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. or equivalent, with a record of working with digital journals, peer review, and grant-funded projects. The position reports to the Dean of the College of Arts & Letters. Specifically, you will:

  • Work to support the operations of the Public Philosophy Journal in collaboration with other PPJ team members

  • Curate, edit, and post content to the PPJ and its various digital platforms

  • Collaborate with team members to guide the development of the Community Collaborative Review (CCR) platform

  • Coordinate peer review processes for PPJ

  • Monitor and review incoming submissions, copyedit and prepare accepted submissions for publication

  • Help with community outreach activities, identifying and inviting submissions, peer review, or other participation

  • Further job tasks include:

  • Identify content from across the web that resonates with the PPJ mission and style criteria

  • Help to develop content to be featured in the journal or on the PPJ website

  • Like, link, and share relevant content on PPJ social media

  • Grow the PPJ’s social media presence and leverage its community to produce and distribute content for the journal

  • Help to monitor incoming submissions, coordinate reviews, work with team members on conducting reviews, assist with identifying reviewers

  • Copyedit and prepare accepted manuscripts and comments for typesetting according to PPJ’s style (modified Chicago Manual of Style).

  • Monitor the website (landing page, information pages, the Journal) for any broken links, bugs, and aesthetic problems (e.g., language in need of editing, misplaced spaces, or images)

  • Help to identify and invite individuals and groups to participate in activities including; learning about the PPJ, submitting original work for formative, proposing topics for and/or guest editing special issues, building relationships with partner organizations

  • Organize workshops, conference presentations, and other community outreach activities for the PPJ

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Degree


    Minimum Requirements

    The demands of this job require that you have a combination of skills surrounding digital scholarly communications, peer review, outreach and engagement, and academic writing. You should have the facility to interact with both authors and community members and experience in editing. You should be confident in working with diverse populations and should understand the dynamics of working with academic journals and a university press. It is required that you:

  • Hold a Ph.D. in Humanities, Social Sciences or related discipline

  • Demonstrate a history of successful work with a digital journal, academic press, or other related areas

  • Have strong knowledge of the peer review and publishing process for academic journals

  • Are fluent in current and emerging issues in digital scholarly communication

  • Are an excellent communicator

  • Have experience working with and across disciplines

  • Required Application Materials

    Qualified applicants should submit:

    a) a cover letter including a statement that highlights your alignment with the goals for the initiative

    b) current curriculum vitae

    c) a summary of the candidate’s experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in past or planned research endeavors, experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence

    d) Names and email addresses of 3 potential references.

    For more information, contact Kurt Milberger, Search Committee Chair, [email protected]

    Special Instructions

    Review of applications will begin April 12, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site

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

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    Department Statement

    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 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: Dec 23, 2020 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Dec 23, 2022 Eastern Standard Time




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    Posted: 12/24/2020
    Application Due: 12/23/2022
    Work Type: Full Time