Asst/Assoc Endowed Professor in North American Native Literature

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East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University is in Anishinaabe homelands, located in the territories of Ojibwe, Potawatomi and Odawa peoples. Communities of Anishinaabe persons and Indigenous persons from all over the world live in the greater Lansing (Nkwejong) area. The Department of English at Michigan State University invites applications and nominations for the Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Professorship in Literary Studies with a focus on North American Indian and Indigenous literary studies, preferably pertaining to Great Lakes American Indian and Indigenous writing and culture. We seek an assistant or associate professor to begin in Fall 2019. This position is tenure-system.

The express purpose of the Audrey and John Leslie Endowment in Literary Studies is to promote the transformative potential of literature. The Department is particularly interested in candidates whose research, teaching, and service highlights the political and cultural work that literature accomplishes. The Department of English and the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University embrace this vision as part of our shared commitment to critical diversity and inclusion. The Department seeks to craft a long-term vision for the study of Native literatures, languages, and cultures that promotes collaboration across units at the university and with tribal communities.

Candidates must be prepared to teach courses on North American Indian and Indigenous Literature and assist current faculty with the development of courses in areas such as race, ethnicity, popular culture, social justice, and film studies, as well as teach a broad range of core courses in the English Department. The candidate will also be expected to teach graduate courses in the English PhD program and advise graduate students. The successful candidate will be appointed on an academic year basis and will engage in an active program of research, service, and teaching. The course load for tenure system faculty is two courses per semester and may include courses in the College of Arts & Letters Interdisciplinary Arts & Humanities general education program, and, potentially, in the College’s interdisciplinary programs, including American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIISP), digital humanities, and women’s and gender studies. Salary is competitive, commensurate with rank and experience.

A Ph.D. in literature, American Indian or Native studies or an equivalent field is required.

Given our location in mid-Michigan, we are particularly interested in candidates with expertise and/or experience working with local and regional tribes. The successful candidate will have a promising record of scholarly achievement in North American Indian Literature and Indigenous literature and a history of working in or with tribal communities.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • the promise of or an established record of successful publication and intellectual leadership within the field of North American Indian literary studies, preferably with an emphasis on Great Lakes Tribal literature and culture;
  • evidence of an innovative and inclusive pedagogy;
  • a commitment to faculty collaboration and potential leadership in program building, conference organizing, disciplinary or interdisciplinary innovation, or community outreach;
  • evidence of experience acting as resource for students, American Indian communities and faculty of color within the department.

We also welcome applicants who have additional expertise and ability to teach courses in a broader range of courses in Indigenous Studies, including heritage language revitalization, Indigenous education, or translation studies. We are open to learning what candidates can bring to the department while we also welcome work in one or more of the following areas would be of interest: environmental/ecocritical studies; social justice studies; popular culture; gender, feminism, and sexuality studies; creative writing; graphic literature; digital humanities; or film studies.

Applications should include a letter expressing interest in this position and describing research and teaching qualifications and experience; a current curriculum vitae; a writing sample of approximately 20 pages; the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees; and a summary statement of experience with diversity in the classroom and related environments, including how the candidate:

  • promotes inclusivity and intersectional perspectives in classrooms and academic work environments;
  • implements a research program that reflects the needs of underrepresented populations;
  • participates in programs designed to promote inclusion and leadership; and
  • mentors students from a variety of backgrounds.

The College of Arts & Letters promotes an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members in order to achieve true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual-career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual-career support can be found at http://miwin.msu.edu/. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found http://worklife.msu.edu/. Information about the Academic Advancement Network can be found http://aan.msu.edu/. Information about MSU Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, including the Diversity Research Network can be found http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/.

The College of Arts & Letters employs 250 full-time faculty with 3300 undergraduates and 175 graduate students enrolled in 24 majors, 38 minors, and 9 graduate programs that are housed in 8 departments and 22 research centers and interdisciplinary programs. These include such outstanding programs as African and African American Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Jewish Studies and the Center for Gender in a Global Context and the Center for Interdisciplinarity. The College also has a vibrant mentoring program at the College and Departmental levels. It works closely with MSU’s five international centers that receive Title VI funding and is also a long-time leader in international education sponsoring 70-80 study abroad programs each year. The College also assists faculty developing programs for students within the United States. In 2016, faculty of color made up 25% of the College faculty and students of color made up 28% of its entering undergraduate class.

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.

How to apply

Review of applications will begin November 30, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website (https://jobs.msu.edu/). Posting #539546.

Inquiries may be directed to Professor Gordon Henry (henryg@msu.edu), search committee chair.

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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. Review of applications begins on 30 November 2018.

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