The Department of Entomology at Michigan State University invites applications for a full‐time, 12-month fixed-term Academic Specialist with a 95% teaching assignment, including curriculum development and advising, and 5% research. The position start date is anticipated to be 1 July 2024. Funding is available for this position for up to three years with the expectation of renewal beyond this period based on program performance.
The Entomology Department seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated educator to teach undergraduate courses in applied entomology, with a focus on plant pest biology and management. This position will work closely with teaching faculty within the Entomology Department, the Center for Integrative Studies in General Sciences (CISGS), and Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) to deliver courses offered to both science and non-science majors. Initial teaching expectations will include courses in Turf Entomology (ENT264, serving both IAT and 4-year students and taught during Fall Semesters), Integrated Pest Management (ENT478, taught during Spring Semesters), Organic Pest Management (ENT479, taught during Fall Semesters), and ISB201: Insects, Globalization, and Sustainability (within CISGS, taught during Fall Semesters). The successful candidate will also be encouraged to develop a hands-on field techniques course which could be offered during the summer and contribute to scholarship of teaching and learning activities in collaboration with faculty in Entomology and other departments.
We are particularly interested in entomologists with a desire to engage with our growing team of faculty and students focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning who utilize insects in their formal and informal teaching activities.
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.
Masters -Entomology or related field
Doctorate -Entomology or related field
A demonstrated record of excellence in instruction relevant to the position. Strong commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and the broader academic community. Ability to effectively communicate entomological and biological concepts to non-science majors and early career college students.
A PhD degree in Entomology or a related field. Instructional experience in similar courses. Applied entomology research or extension experience or similar experience in agricultural industry. Interest or experience in scholarship of teaching and learning.
Required Application Materials
Letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position
Current curriculum vitae
Statement of teaching philosophy highlighting how your experiences align with the position (2-page maximum)
A description of how you will contribute to our diversity, equity and inclusion goals (2-page maximum)
Contact information for three professional references
Incomplete applications will not be considered
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This position will be housed in the MSU Department of Entomology, a vibrant, growing, and internationally-recognized team committed to interdisciplinary research, teaching and extension at local, regional, national and international levels. Programs within the Department of Entomology encompass basic and applied research on arthropods in diverse systems including agriculture, forestry, medical/veterinary, aquatic and a diversity of other ecosystems.
Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, MI, USA. MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, and scientists that provide regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research and excellence in teaching. In addition, consistent with its Land Grant origins, the MSU community pursues international engagement and provides strong extension programs that partner with diverse stakeholders to provide much needed research in the areas of food, energy, water and the environment. 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 >500,000. 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. MSU is also proactive 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 and other types of support for balancing work and personal lives at MSU can be found at http://worklife.msu.edu/ .
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at MSU is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. Candidates are invited to view Entomology Department community norms at https://www.canr.msu.edu/ent/commitment-to-diversity-equity-and-inclusion/entomology-community-norms.
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