Assistant Professor-FixedTerm

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 749752
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Physiology Natural Science 10032668
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union
Position Summary

The Department of Physiology (PSL) at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks two engaging instructors with a strong interest in undergraduate education who are trained in neuroscience or a closely related biomedical discipline. These are full-time, fixed-term (non-tenure track), academic year (9-month). Appointments are for one academic year and are renewed annually based on funding and performance.

Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. The successful candidate must demonstrate effective teaching of neuroscience, physiology, or other related classes to undergraduates.

Specific duties include: 1) working with Neuroscience Program faculty to develop and implement lecture, seminar-style, and/or discussion-based neuroscience courses, 2) teaching multiple sections of an established core laboratory course required for Neuroscience majors, and 3) playing an active and integral role in the broader mission of excellence in undergraduate education within the Neuroscience Program and PSL department including committee service, outreach efforts, and innovation in the classroom. Instructional duties for these faculty positions include working with the teaching team (composed of other faculty, academic and technical staff, graduate teaching assistants, and undergraduate learning assistants) to develop and teach upper-level neuroscience courses, carry out instruction of a variety of neuroscience laboratory modules (including electroencephalography, drosophila behavior, sheep brain anatomy, and crayfish neurophysiology), supervising laboratory staff and learning assistants, assessing student learning (including writing assignments), and reporting grades.

The successful candidates will actively collaborate with current faculty and MSU informational technology staff to advance MSU’s strong commitment to undergraduate STEM education. The Department of Physiology recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture that actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. The Department of Physiology is committed to creating an inclusive teaching and learning environment and particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds.

The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their teaching and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

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

These positions require a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in neuroscience or a closely related biomedical science. Previous experience in teaching neuroscience to undergraduates in the classroom and/or laboratory settings is also required. Applicants must be able to work effectively with large numbers of students from diverse educational backgrounds. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in laboratory instruction using electrophysiological, behavioral, and/or anatomical research techniques, evidence-based and active learning approaches to teach scientific principles, online student-learning platforms, and documented ability to successfully mentor students including those from groups underrepresented in STEM.

Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in scientific laboratory instruction of undergraduate students.

  • Experience with electrophysiological, behavioral, and/or anatomical research techniques.

  • Experience in evidence-based and active learning approaches to teach scientific principles.

  • Experience in online student-learning platforms (D2L, Blackboard, etc.).

  • Experience in developing and implementing upper-level courses in neuroscience or a related field. Documented ability to successfully mentor students including those from groups underrepresented in STEM.

  • Required Application Materials

    Qualified applicants should submit: 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position and qualifications, 2) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience (limited to 3 pages) that describes the applicant’s experience in instruction and mentoring of students, including experience teaching and mentoring students from broadly diverse demographic and social backgrounds, and plans to promote and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within teaching, 3) curriculum vitae, and 4) names and email addresses of three 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

    It is the policy of MSU that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by MSU, to be verified after an offer of employment has been made, and as part of the background check process. Prospective employees may submit a request for exemption based on a religious and/or medical basis, to Human Resources.

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    Department Statement

    The Department Mission:

    1. Identify factors and molecules that promote health and disease.
    2. Understand mechanisms of disease progression.
    3. Improve overall human and animal health through identification of novel therapeutic targets and treatments.
    4. Train future scientists in state of the art physiology concepts & approaches.

    The Department of Physiology at Michigan State University embraces diversity in its faculty, students and staff. We are committed to providing an environment that nurtures and values inclusion of different backgrounds, ideas, perspectives and skills. Engaging the unique and diverse contributions of our department members results in innovation and excellence in our research, teaching, service and outreach. We take pride in the strength of our diversity and our ability to work together with respect and equality.

    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: Nov 19, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Nov 18, 2023 Eastern Standard Time


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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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