Assistant Professor of History, Philosophy, and Sociology (HPS) of Computing, Networks, or Big Data

Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University

Job type: tenure track

Application deadline: December 1, 2014

Lyman Briggs College (LBC), an undergraduate, residential, liberal arts, science program at Michigan State University, invites applications for a tenure-system assistant professorship in HPS of Computing, Networks, or Big Data, to be jointly appointed between the LBC and one of the following units: James Madison College or the Department of Geography. The candidate must have a background in the history, philosophy, or sociology of science, technology, environment, or medicine, and studies computational or network sciences as a subject illustrating core HPS topics such as: expertise and trust; methods of data collection and analysis; or, participatory GIS. We also welcome candidates who use natural language processing or social network methods for studying collaborative research and scientific production. The successful candidate will have an excellent record of teaching and research accomplishments and be committed to undergraduate education. Requirements include a Ph.D (or be scheduled to have a conferred Ph.D. by August 15, 2015) with expertise in the HPS of science, technology, environment, or medicine. Interests in non-western science and/or diversity and inclusion as related to science would be especially welcomed. Duties include teaching three HPS courses in LBC and one course in the joint appointment department, and maintaining an active research program. Salary and start-up support is competitive and commensurate with experience.

This position is listed on the MSU Applicant Page, Posting #0318.  Applications must be uploaded to MSU’s online job application site ( A complete application will include a c.v. and teaching portfolio, along with a cover letter outlining the candidate’s scholarly expertise as well as their ability to teach within one or more of the specializations listed above and the pedagogical approaches the candidate applies in the classroom. For details on teaching portfolios see In addition, three letters of recommendation must be sent electronically by the recommenders through the application system. The deadline to ensure best consideration of applications is December 1, 2014 and review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Questions regarding these positions may be directed to Dr. Naoko Wake, at or at Lyman Briggs College; 919 E. Shaw Lane; Room E-35; Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI 48825-1107.

Posted: October 23, 2014