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

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Position type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale, Michigan
Categories: Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

This search is designed to fill three (3) total tenure-line positions in Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies’ (BCOIS) School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Appointments may be joined with the Frederick Meijer Honors College, which is also housed within BCOIS.

As part of its abiding commitment to values of inclusion and equity, Brooks College is conducting a college-wide tenure-line search designed to increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and inclusion, promote inclusive teaching strategies, and support faculty retention. 

Successful candidates will have teaching and scholarly interests that span needs/priorities in two or more academic programs housed within Brooks College; increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and inclusion; and contribute to college and university goals with respect to access, equity, and inclusive campus climate. Candidates selected through this diversity cluster hire will be given start-up funds to support their work in diversity and inclusion with additional funding designated to support a collaborative effort among these new hires in support of DEI pedagogy and inclusive climate within Brooks College and university-wide.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • A completed terminal degree in a relevant humanities, interdisciplinary, or social science field by August 2024.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience in an area that directly serves two or more of the following programs: Latino/a & Latin American Studies, African & African American Studies, Digital Studies, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and/or Integrative Studies. Examples of areas of particular need include: ChicanX Studies, Diaspora Studies, work connecting Black Studies & LatinX Studies, Indigenous/Native American Studies, work that connects digital studies and/or digital humanities to area/ethnic/gender/LGBTQ studies, immigration and migration studies, sexuality studies, humanistic data design and visualization.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship, and/or service as evidenced by past experience in one or more of those areas.
  • Evidence of an active research or creative agenda.
  • Experience working with and understanding of underrepresented and diverse populations, including non-traditional learners.
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues from outside one’s primary field of expertise/training.
  • Interest in teaching in online, hybrid, and face-to-face environments.
  • Clear description of how inclusion, equity, social justice, and diversity issues have been or will be brought into courses.
  • Commitment to teaching general education courses as well as teaching in one’s area(s) of expertise.
  • Show willingness to teach at all levels of the program, or programs, from introductory to capstone courses.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Professional experience with liberal education and integrative learning.
  • Evidence of collaborative skills to develop innovative curriculum and promote student engagement.
  • Demonstrated professional experience with interdisciplinary collaboration among colleagues from outside one’s primary field of expertise/training.
  • Evidence of scholarly or creative activity, including the ability to maintain a strong record of scholarly or creative activity in the context of primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate programs.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Tenure-line faculty in Brooks College are typically hired on 9-month contracts and teach 18 credits/year, typically divided as three classes in Fall and three classes in Winter Semesters.
  • Tenure-line faculty at Grand Valley State University are expected to maintain a commitment to continual improvement with respect to teaching effectiveness, active scholarly/creative activity, and ongoing service to their unit(s), college, university, the profession, and larger community.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Campus: Allendale

Department/Division: Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include:

  1. a cover letter
  2. vita
  3. statement of teaching philosophy
  4. writing sample indicative of area of scholarship
  5. a statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship, and/or service describing past experiences, contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff, and/or your field, and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research/and or service within Brooks College and/or at Grand Valley State University (upload under *other*)

The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Letters of reference should only be provided if requested by the search committee.

Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215 or email the Brooks College Dean’s Office at

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin after November 17, 2023 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the university.

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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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