Inst/Ast Prof - Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 741177
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Lyman Briggs College
Department: Lyman Briggs Dean 10028546
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Part Time (1-49.9%), Union
Working/Functional Title

Inst/Ast Prof - Fixed Term

Position Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) and MSU’s Lyman Briggs College (LBC) actively promote 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.

Founded in 1967, Lyman Briggs College is a vibrant residential STEM college at Michigan State University that focuses on the study of science in its social, historical, and humanistic contexts. This pool posting is for qualified candidates to teach as an instructor for our introductory biology courses. Please note that this position could be part-time or full-time and it is possible that no positions are needed in some semesters. The review of applications is ongoing and continuous, as needed.

LBC’s curriculum integrates cutting-edge student-focused science pedagogy with an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum that explores the sciences and the human and social dimensions of the sciences. Our introductory biology courses focus on organismal biology and on cell and molecular biology. We value teaching approaches that include high degrees of empirically-supported best-practices, including elements such as interactive engagement and peer-learning. Our introductory courses include both lecture and lab components. Instructors often teach both lectures and labs, and sometimes supervise graduate teaching assistants who teach labs. Labs are investigation-oriented, with students engaging in the process of scientific discovery whenever possible. Since we are seeking candidates for a pool of available instructors for our classes, specific course needs will vary from semester to semester.

Applicants should have at least a master’s degree in a biological field and have research and/or teaching experience. Applicants are especially encouraged who show a commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment through their teaching, research, and/or community engagement.

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

Master’s degree for Instructor level in relevant field of study and teaching experience.

Doctorate for Assistant Professor level

Desired Qualifications
  • Experience teaching biology in higher education settings.

  • PhD in relevant field

  • Required Application Materials
  • CV including education background / qualifications, a list of publications, teaching and mentoring roles, leadership positions, contributions to the academic community, and efforts in public outreach;

  • a statement of teaching philosophy that highlights (1) the applicant’s commitment to evidence-based practices, (2) the candidate’s efforts to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the classroom, (3) syllabus design, and (4) mentoring students;

  • one sample syllabus;

  • the names and contact information for 3 professional references.

  • Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: Instructions

    Applications will be reviewed as needed.


    Department Statement

    The LBC curriculum integrates the natural sciences and mathematics with the history, philosophy, sociology, and communication of the sciences. There are approximately 2,000 students in Lyman Briggs, of which 66% are women. Additionally, 32% of LBC students are members of the Honors College. Faculty work closely with students in small classes and with student groups such as the LBC Inclusivity Committee Student Group and Women in Science. LBC is also a leading center for research on teaching and learning and for interdisciplinary scholarship. The college boasts a dynamic community of students, staff and faculty who make LBC an exceptional place to learn and work.

    We encourage applications from – and welcome nominations of -- people within LGBTQIA+ communities, people of color, veterans, people with disabilities, and applicants from other minoritized groups. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity.

    MSU is home to over 60 science studies scholars, ranging from historians and philosophers of science to legal scholars of science policy. Interactions are facilitated by research centers such as the Center for Ethics, Humanities, and the Life Sciences and the Center for Gender in Global Context. The university fosters a culture of cross-unit collaboration and offers financial resources such as seed grants for science studies scholars to work with STEM/biomedical scholars (, for interdisciplinary scholars ( ) and for interdisciplinary environmental science collaborations ( MSU has many strong STEM departments, two medical schools, a nursing school, and a veterinary school.

    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: Oct 14, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Oct 14, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


    Working at Michigan State University 

    Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

    Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

    We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

    We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

    The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

    Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

    In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

    Top Distinctions

    U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

    • 29th among the nation’s public universities
    • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
    • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
    • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

    Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

    Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

    Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

    Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

    Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

    Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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