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Assistant Professor- Liberal Studies (Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies)

Apply now Job no: 492949
Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Summary:
The Liberal Studies Department at Grand Valley State University invites applications for an assistant professor with research specialization in the study of iconography, semiotics, and/or narrative to broadly serve the department’s growing undergraduate programs in Liberal Studies, Religious Studies, and Intercultural Communication as well as its Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation. The expected start date is August 6, 2019. This position is intended to complement existing strengths in a vibrant department that practices and understands interdisciplinary studies as drawing from multiple disciplinary locations, working across and for cultural communities, and engaging with varied methodological and theoretical frameworks. Work that connects experiences of individuals/groups within the United States to broader regional/global perspectives, including transnational, diasporic, and comparative work, is particularly welcomed.

Required Qualifications:

  • A completed PhD in a relevant field by the time of appointment (August 6, 2019)
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise at the undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrated interdisciplinary scholarship that connects to disciplines like literature, writing/rhetoric, history, religious studies, and/or philosophy.
  • Experience working with and understanding of underrepresented and diverse populations and a commitment to social justice work within these populations.
  • Commitment to serving diverse communities of learners, collaborating with diverse colleagues whose expertise spans disciplinary and geographic boundaries, and to General Education.
  • Strong potential for teaching excellence at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated research experience and/or academic training in an interdisciplinary field of study such as the Study of Religion, Area Studies, Comparative Literature, Indigenous Studies, etc.
  • Experience with liberal education and integrative learning.
  • Ability to teach in both classroom and online environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach a broad range of courses within departmental core courses such as: LIB 100 (Reflect, Connect, Engage), REL 100 (Religions of the World), LIB 201 (Diversity in the U.S.), ITC 100 (Intro to Intercultural Communication), LIB 311 (Meaning), LIB 312 (Dialogue), and LIB 301 (Interdisciplinary Research Methods)
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to teach one or more of the following advanced undergraduate and graduate courses: LIB 310 (Creativity), LIB 314 (Life Journeys), REL 335 (Sacred Texts—Global Contexts), SI 610 (Research Methods for Social Inquiry), SI 620 (Case Studies in Social Innovation), SI 630 (Engaging Diversity Through Social Innovation), and SI 650 (Place and Environmental Justice)
  • Interest in working with non-traditional and adult learners.
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds and with diverse experiences are encouraged to apply.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

Salary: Competitive Range with benefits

Campus: Allendale

Department/Division: Liberal Studies/Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies 

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018 

How To Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu, click "Apply now". Include curriculum vitae; cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications; research precis (1 page); and teaching philosophy statement (1 page). (Please note only specified documents should be uploaded). Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Liberal Studies Department: libdept@gvsu.edu or by ground mail: One Campus Drive, 324 Lake Ontario Hall, GVSU, Allendale, MI 49401. Any inquiries should be sent to Dr. Brent Smith, Search Committee Chair, Liberal Studies Department, smithbr@gvsu.edu.  Please see http://www.gvsu.edu/liberalstudies for more information.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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