Fixed-Term, Visiting Instructor for History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science (HPS)

Michigan State University

Job Type: Visiting

Application Deadline: March 24, 2014

Lyman Briggs College (LBC), an undergraduate, residential, liberal arts, science program at Michigan State University, invites applications for visiting instructors for 2014-2015. We anticipate one to three full-time openings. Founded in 1967, LBC is a vibrant college at MSU focusing on the study of science and its impact on society. Bridging the two cultures, the LBC curriculum integrates natural sciences and mathematics courses with courses in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science, and faculty work closely with students in small classes. Faculty, staff, and students in LBC promote inclusion through a range of initiatives. The college, for example, hosts student groups like the Briggs Multi-Cultural Alliance and Women in Science. Briggs faculty, staff, and students have also won university awards for diversity and inclusion for their instruction and research.

Candidates must be committed to undergraduate teaching and should hold a MA/MS with a specialization in the history, philosophy, and/or sociology of science, technology, environment, or medicine. Interests in literature, public policy, the environment, history of science, and/or philosophy of technology would be especially welcomed. A Ph.D. is strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will teach five courses over the course of the academic year: two or three sections of our first-year introduction to history, philosophy and sociology of science (HPS) course and two or three upper-level HPS courses. Salary is commensurate with experience.

This position is listed on the MSU Applicant Page, Posting #9077. Applications must be uploaded to MSU’s online job application site (, and should include a cover letter outlining the candidate’s expertise as it pertains to their ability to teach within one or more of the specializations listed above and the pedagogical approaches the candidate applies in the classroom as well as a c.v. and teaching portfolio. For details on teaching portfolios see In addition, three letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s teaching experience and expertise must be sent electronically by the recommenders through the application system.

Deadline to ensure consideration of application is March 24, 2014, and review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

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.

Posted: February 19, 2014