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Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Job no: 706037
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences 40000781
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences (PSM, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR, at Michigan State University invites applications for a 9-month Academic Year, tenure-track Assistant Professor, in Soil Science with experience and special emphasis in soil genesis and classification. The successful candidate will develop an active teaching (70%) and research (30%) program that employs innovative, evidence-based teaching practices to engage undergraduate and graduate students and help facilitate student learning and understanding. Research interests may include discipline-based education research that combines knowledge of teaching and learning with soil science, with interest in a research topic such as geomorphology and soil genesis, soil pedometrics, climate change and soil resources, soil health, or anthropogenic soils.

The successful applicant will join a diverse group of over 75 faculty involved in teaching, research, extension, and public service who support an enthusiastic and dynamic population of over 80+ undergraduate and 100+ graduate students engaged in a wide range of activities. Teaching responsibilities will include leading the introductory Fundamentals of Soil Science course (CSS 210, every semester) available for majors and/or non-majors and an upper-level Soil Resources course (CSS 470, Fall semesters) focused on soil genesis and classification available to both undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will (1) conduct and publish discipline based educational research in the soil sciences including understanding and improving student learning, and (2) develop a competitively funded research program relevant to the position responsibilities. University resources to support scholarly teaching, engagement, and application of science teaching practices within the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning are available including: STEM teaching essentials workshops, Lilly Teaching Fellows Program, and the Academic Advancement Network. Preferred candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to excellent teaching and mentoring of both graduate students and undergraduates. Individuals who share a commitment to a diverse and inclusive academic environment, can identify challenges and deliver solutions, and sustain engagement at the University, community, and professional levels are strongly encouraged to apply.

Background: Michigan State University is the Pioneer Land Grant University and is a national and global leader in agricultural and natural ecosystem research. PSM is a multi-disciplinary department with faculty appointed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Michigan is an agriculturally and ecologically diverse state subject to unique soil formation processes containing a mixture of six soil orders and unique bedrock geology surrounded by The Great Lakes. Appointed faculty will also be affiliated with MSU AgBioResearch (

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, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Soil Science

Minimum Requirements

A PhD in soil science or related discipline with expertise in soil genesis and classification preferred along with postdoctoral experience. Demonstrated experience with pedagogy for diverse learners also preferred. Candidates should have excellent written and interpersonal skills and be able to interact within multi-disciplinary teams to address teaching and research topics relevant to the position responsibilities.

Required Application Materials

To apply, applicants should provide a (1) cover letter or letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy (2 page limit) outlining vision on short- and long-term goals for undergraduate and graduate instruction, (4) statement of research plans (2 page limit), (5) description of applicant’s commitment to inclusion and diversity across teaching and research (2 page limit), (6) graduate school transcript(s), and (7) names and contact information for three professional references. Complete application packages are to be submitted through the MSU Human Resources site at (

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin 07/02/2021 and will continue until suitable candidates are identified. Questions regarding this position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair Dr. Kurt Steinke [email protected]

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Department Statement

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. MSU seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

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: May 20, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 20, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


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