Michigan State University
College of Arts & Letters/College of Social Science
Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Cluster
The College of Arts & Letters and the College of Social Science at Michigan State University seek a group of culturally engaged digital arts and humanities scholars to join a transformative initiative to explore, interrogate, and cultivate Critical Diversity in a Digital Age. We are looking for creative, collaborative leaders in digital humanities and digital arts who think synthetically about scholarship, teaching, and creative endeavors. These new colleagues will join a group of faculty and students at Michigan State University with an energetic focus on humanities questions of race, inclusion, cultural preservation, global interconnectedness, and engaged scholarship. They will be part of the Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR), which serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for MSU scholars, artists, and teachers who work at the intersections of self/society, digital/material, technology/culture to advance leading-edge scholarship and creative activity that integrates diversity in a digital age.
Our aim is to lead a movement in humanities scholarship that engages the contemporary digital world with a discerning sense of critique rooted in ethical imagination and oriented toward creating more just communities. Three broad mission areas shape our initiative for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age: (1) To expose the limits of existing practices and structures of reality in order to interrogate the conditions under which they operate and thus to uncover what they enable and prevent; (2) To discern what is possible in the wake of this exposure so that we might imagine more just possibilities of engagement; (3) To enact practices of justice and freedom rooted in and animated by discerning critique.
As an anchoring intellectual disposition, critical diversity signals a perspective on “diversity” that goes beyond that term’s common yoking with “inclusion” to reflect on access to resources, to define problems and establish alliances, and to address actual systems of domination and oppression. The digital humanities can offer powerful tools for analysis, including various forms of digital reading, digital archives, data visualization, and electronic literature. Our initiative understands that these tools are not neutral, but must be interrogated, analyzed, and engaged through an abiding commitment to critical diversity.
In this first of a two-phase cluster hire, we seek applications from creative, energetic, and empathetic scholars at the Associate or Full Professor level with a demonstrated record of leadership, achievement, and mentoring who will help further frame, develop, and support our Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative.
For full description of the Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative, see www.cal.msu.edu/criticaldiversity.
Michigan State University, the nation's pioneer land-grant university, member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and one of the top 100 research universities in the world, was founded in 1855. We are an inclusive, academic community known for our traditionally strong academic disciplines and professional programs, and our liberal arts foundation. Our cross- and interdisciplinary enterprises connect the sciences, humanities, and professions in practical, sustainable, and innovative ways to address society’s rapidly changing needs.
LITERARY STUDIES AND THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES
The Department of English at Michigan State University invites applications for a scholar, at the level of Associate or Full Professor, whose work connects literary studies and the digital humanities to critical diversity. The College’s initiative – Critical Diversity in a Digital Age – will facilitate research programs, develop new curricula, and seek external funding for scholarship at the intersections of digital theory and practice with issues of social justice and human difference, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and religion. Within the Department of English, this position will foreground literature’s singular ability to shape and critique ideas about our common humanity through the study of history, identity, belief, narrative, and other socially embedded imaginative forms. The Department of English seeks a colleague committed to critical diversity and whose work bridges literary studies and the digital humanities in innovative, field-defining ways. The successful candidate will help establish the interdisciplinary Critical Diversity in a Digital Age consortium that, with its focus on critical diversity, will distinguish MSU’s intellectual contributions to the digital humanities. Our new colleague will find faculty in the Department of English who foreground scholarly and pedagogical interest in critical diversity across many subfields, including literature, film studies, creative writing, popular culture, and English education. Our Department also features cross-field areas of study, such as black literature, film, and culture; empire and globalization studies; feminisms, genders, sexualities; film, visual culture, and digital media; modern, contemporary, emergent; and neuro-literary studies. We look forward to welcoming a scholar and teacher who will complement our strengths and help develop new directions, particularly in our literary studies program. This is an academic-year, tenure-system faculty appointment to begin August 16, 2017 at the earliest. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. in English or in a related Digital Humanities field or discipline.
Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017, 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 #4872. Applications should include a letter expressing interest in this position and describing qualifications and experience, a current curriculum vitae, a sample of work (link or document) in the literary digital humanities with a focus on critical diversity, and the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees. Contact Cara Cilano at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 355-7575 with questions.
CULTURALLY ENGAGED DIGITAL HUMANITIES/RHETORICS
The Department of Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures (WRAC) at Michigan State University seeks a colleague in Culturally Engaged Digital Humanities/Rhetorics at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to join our department – an innovative, inclusive community that encourages intellectual and cultural diversity dedicated to preparing excellent communicators in the culturally, technologically, and economically dynamic environments of the 21st century. This is an academic-year, tenure-system faculty appointment to begin August 16, 2017 at the earliest. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of research in culturally relevant digital humanities and/or digital rhetorics areas, experience in grant-seeking, engagement in culturally relevant teaching practices, and show evidence of substantial service in both local and national arenas. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in rhetoric & writing or in a related digital humanities field or discipline.
We are especially interested in scholars who have experience (or interest) in leading research centers/initiatives, and who can provide strategic leadership and vision in collaboration with others currently engaged in our College’s Critical Diversity in the Digital Age initiative (for an overview of the College’s initiative, see spartanideas.msu.edu/2016/10/31/critical-diversity-in-a-digital-age). One opportunity associated with this initiative is the development of a scholarly publishing in digital environments research group (SPIDER) – an outgrowth of the WRAC Department’s Digital Publishing Lab.
The Department has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts & Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, student engagement, intercultural understanding, and value diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.
Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017, 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 #4875. Applications should include a letter expressing interest in this position and describing qualifications and experience, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees. Contact Danielle Devoss at email@example.com or (517) 432-2581 with questions.
The Department of History at Michigan State University seeks a historian at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with research and teaching expertise at the intersection of digital history and critical diversity. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in history or a closely related field. Candidates must demonstrate research and teaching foci on questions of race, inclusion, cultural preservation, global interconnectedness, and/or engaged historical scholarship. The successful candidate will have a majority appointment in the Department of History, which is in the College of Social Science, and in a minority appointment in a unit in the College of Arts & Letters. The joint appointment will allow our new colleague to work as part of a team to be central to the university-wide initiative, Critical Diversity in a Digital Age. Faculty hired as part of the initiative will develop research programs and curricula and seek external funding focused on digital theory and practice and issues of social justice with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and religion. Our hire will add an historical dimension to the research, teaching and grant components of the initiative. Salary, benefits, and support for research are competitive. Full-time academic year appointment to begin August 16, 2017 at the earliest.
Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Apply at https://jobs.msu.edu/ (Posting #4873). Upload a CV, link to sample digital history projects, writing sample, cover letter addressing research and teaching, and the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees. Contact Jeanna Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 355-7500 with questions.
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans and persons with disabilities.