Tenure Track Assistant Professor- Environmental History

Michigan State University

Job Type: Tenure Track

Application Deadline: October 22, 2013


Lyman Briggs College and the Department of History at Michigan State University invite applications for a tenure-track academic year position at the assistant professor level for a scholar of Environmental History whose research focuses on water resources in historical contexts. The position will be 75% in Lyman Briggs College (LBC) and 25% in the Department of History (HST) in the College of Social Science. This position is part of a university-wide multidisciplinary initiative on water, and will start on August 16, 2014.

Applicants should have a PhD in History with expertise in Environmental History and the History of Science and with a research focus on water (time period and geographic area are open). Preference will be given to applicants who have postdoctoral teaching and research experience. Applicants should be committed to high-quality teaching. Duties include (1) teaching three small undergraduate courses (15-30 students) annually in the LBC History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science (HPS) Program on topics in the history of science, technology, and the environment; (2) teaching one course on Environmental History annually in HST; and (3) maintaining an active program of research, publication, grant-making, outreach and engagement focusing on the history of water management, distribution, justice, and/or pollution.

Founded in 1967, LBC (http://lymanbriggs.msu.edu) is a vibrant undergraduate, residential, liberal arts 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 HPS. The LBC student body is 60% women and 20% students of color; also, 20% belong to MSU’s Honors College. Faculty work closely with students in small classes and with student groups such as the Briggs Multi-cultural Alliance and Women in Science. The joint appointment in HST (http://history.msu.edu/) is part of MSU’s investment in cross-college collaboration. This position complements existing strengths in the Department of History with its doctoral field in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology.

The position is listed on the MSU Applicant Page, posting #8309. Applications must be uploaded to MSU’s online job application site (https://jobs.msu.edu), and should include a cover letter, CV, teaching portfolio, and a brief statement of research interests. For teaching portfolio details, see http://lymanbriggs.msu.edu/faculty/openPositions.cfm. In addition, three letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s research and teaching must be submitted electronically by the recommenders through the application system. Complete applications should be received by October 22, 2013, but the review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position may be directed to: Ms. Heather Bentley, Lyman Briggs College Human Resources, heather@msu.edu or (517) 884-6035.

Posted: September 12, 2013