Ast Prof-Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Ast Prof-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Working/Functional Title

Ast Prof-Fixed Term

Position Summary

The Department of Sociology at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks candidates to teach courses for the Graduate Certificate in Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives for the 2022-2023 academic year.  This 12-month annual position will begin on August 16, 2022 and may be renewed for additional years upon positive performance evaluation and sufficient budgetary resources.  The successful candidate will teach the following courses: Animals & Environmental Sustainability; Animals & Social Transformations; and Special Topics in Animal Studies.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Sociology

Minimum Requirements

Successful candidates must have:

  • a PhD in Sociology or closely related field completed by the date of hire;
  • expertise in animal studies; and
  • experience delivering high-quality online instruction via scholarly teaching.

Required Application Materials

Applications must be submitted to the MSU Applicant Page at  Complete applications must include: (1) a cover letter which identifies the names and contact information for three potential references; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) a teaching portfolio.  Letters of recommendation are not required with the initial application, but applicants may be asked to provide up to three letters of recommendation after initial screening.

The teaching portfolio should document the candidate’s interest, creativity, and proficiency in pedagogy.  Candidates must include a 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy, explaining how you put your philosophy into practice, and how you plan to implement, improve, and expand on your ideas and techniques.  The teaching portfolio also must include each of the following materials from one course you have taught recently:

  • course syllabus;
  • writing assignment or exam used to assess student learning; and
  • results of a formal teaching evaluation.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Aaron McCright (Search Committee Chair) at [email protected].

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement

The Department of Sociology has three signature areas of Environment, Health and Medicine, and Migration.  Most faculty in the department perform research and teach courses in one or two of these areas.  MSU sociologists have a rich history of interdisciplinary collaborations not only with other social scientists but also with humanists, physical scientists, and/or life scientists.

MSU Statement

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.


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