Two Faculty Positions in Science Studies at Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: October 15, 2014

Lyman Briggs College (LBC) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for two Science Studies faculty positions in the Academic Specialist Appointment System to join the college’s History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science (HPS) Group in August, 2015.

Candidates must be committed to undergraduate teaching and should have their Ph.D. in hand by August 15, 2015 with training in the history, philosophy, and/or sociology of science, technology, environment, or medicine or a closely related field. Expertise in non-western science, writing pedagogy, or diversity and inclusion in science would be especially welcomed. The successful candidate will have evidence of teaching experience.

Founded in 1967, LBC is a vibrant residential college at MSU that focuses 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 science studies, and faculty work closely with students in small classes. Nearly all of the students in LBC major in the natural sciences, about 60% are women, nearly 20% are students of color, and 20% also belong to MSU’s Honors College. The college’s faculty, staff, and students promote inclusion through a range of initiatives and have won awards for diversity and inclusion in their instruction and research.

Academic Specialists in LBC teach five small courses over the academic year, including two or three sections of the first-year introduction to the history, philosophy and sociology of science and two or three upper-level courses. They also will be expected to contribute professional service to the college, including membership on LBC committees. Each of these two science studies academic specialist positions will start with a three-year probationary appointment that has the potential, after successful reappointment, to become long-term positions (for details see the MSU Faculty Handbook

This position is listed on the MSU Applicant Page, Posting # 0036. Applications must be uploaded to MSU’s online job application site ( A complete application will include a c.v., teaching portfolio, and a cover letter that outlines the candidate’s expertise as it pertains teaching in the college as well as the pedagogical approaches the candidate employs. 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.

The deadline to ensure full consideration of applications is October 15, 2014 and review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Questions regarding these positions may be directed to Dr. Georgina M. Montgomery, at or at Lyman Briggs College, 919 E. Shaw Lane Room E-35, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48825-1107.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. 

Posted: September 13, 2014