Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Job Details

Job no: 901477
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Social Science Dean 10038766
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

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 College of Social Science at Michigan State University invites applications for two 9-month tenure-system positions at the Associate or Full Professor level in the Dean’s Distinguished Senior Scholars Program, with an ideal start date of August 16, 2024. This program is a major College initiative aimed at promoting an inclusive scholarly environment in which exceptional senior faculty bring distinction to Michigan State University, enhance the College of Social Science’s standing, and support the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academy. The College of Social Science is home to the following disciplines/fields Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Human Development and Family Studies, Human Resources and Labor Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Planning.

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


Minimum Requirements

Successful candidates must have a record of excellence in research and scholarship, teaching and mentoring, and service and outreach/engagement that aligns with College expectations for an Associate/Full Professor. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in these domains, particularly scholarship and mentoring, must be apparent. A Ph.D. in the social sciences is required; successful candidates will be appointed in their relevant discipline or field in the College of Social Science.

Required Application MaterialsTo apply, submit application materials online through Search for posting 901477 and electronically attach the following:
  1. a letter of application that identifies the unit in which the applicant seeks appointment
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and scholarly contributions, teaching and mentoring, and service and outreach/engagement
  4. names and contact information for 3 references

Applications will not be reviewed until all materials are submitted.

Special Instructions

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning October 31, 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Faculty Development, and Strategic Implementation, Dr. Nwando Achebe at

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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: Sep 26, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Sep 26, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time


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