Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University

Position ID:MSU-Lyman Briggs College-SOC [#10924]
Position Title: Open Rank Professor of Sociology of Science, Medicine, and/or Technology
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:East Lansing, Michigan 48825, United States [map]
Subject Area: Sociology / Medical
Appl Deadline:2018/03/12 finished (2018/02/28, finished 2018/09/16)
Position Description:    

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Lyman Briggs College ( and the Department of Sociology ( at Michigan State University invite applications for one or more open rank (assistant/associate/full professor) tenure-system academic year positions in the sociology of science, medicine, and/or technology. The position will be 75% in Lyman Briggs College (LBC) and 25% in the Department of Sociology (SOC) in the College of Social Science and may start as early as August 16, 2018.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Sociology or an allied discipline. LBC has an ongoing commitment to inclusion and is keen to expand our expertise in areas of the sociology of science, medicine, and/or technology related to social justice issues. Preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching focus on one or more of the following areas: health disparities; science, technology, and/or medicine in the global South; sociology of race and ethnicity; big data; the environment; and food and agriculture. Geographic area is open, although preference will be given to candidates whose scholarship and teaching engage non-Western or global contexts.

Duties include (1) teaching three small LBC undergraduate courses annually; (2) teaching one course annually in SOC; (3) maintaining an active program of research in sociology of science, medicine, and/or technology via publication, grant activity, and research-related outreach and engagement; and (4) typical academic service in LBC and SOC, with duties in each reflecting the split appointment. Preference will be given to candidates who (a) have demonstrable records of success in peer-reviewed publication; (b) have potential for and/or evidence of external grant support for their research; (c) use evidence-based teaching methods; (d) have experience teaching sociology of science, medicine, and/or technology; and (e) promote the value of inclusion in their teaching, research, and/or service (see:

Founded in 1967, LBC is a vibrant residential college at MSU that focuses on the study of science in its social contexts. LBC integrates cutting-edge, student-focused science pedagogy with an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum that explores the human and social dimensions of science. Courses focus on historical as well as contemporary topics from a range of cultures and contexts in order to help students think critically and creatively about the methods, questions, and the social and political processes that shape science, as well as the ways science shapes cultures.

Most LBC students major in the biological or physical sciences. About 60% of LBC students are women and 20% are students of color. More than 20% of LBC students belong to MSU’s Honors College. The college’s faculty, staff, and students assertively promote inclusion through a range of initiatives and have won awards for diversity and inclusion in their instruction and research. Faculty work closely with students in small classes and with student groups such as Women in Science and the Briggs Multicultural Alliance. LBC welcomes applications from candidates who can enhance and complement the intellectual and cultural diversity of the LBC faculty.

The joint appointment in SOC is part of MSU’s well-established investment in cross-college collaboration. The Department of Sociology offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. While SOC faculty conduct research on and teach a range of topics, the Department has considerable strengths in its three signature areas: Health and Medicine, Environment, and Migration. The Department consists of an active community of scholars made up of 24 tenure system faculty members, many of whom are jointly appointed. Its strength is augmented by outstanding affiliated sociologists in James Madison College, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the College of Education.

MSU is home to over 60 science studies scholars, ranging from historians and philosophers of science to legal scholars of science policy and science communicators. Interactions are facilitated by research centers such as the Center for Ethics, Humanities, and the Life Sciences and the Center for Gender in Global Context. The university fosters a culture of cross-unit collaboration and offers financial resources such as seed grants for science studies scholars to work with STEM/biomedical scholars, such as S3 ( MSU has many strong STEM departments, two medical schools, a nursing school, a veterinary school, and a law school.

Application materials must be uploaded by the candidate to the Careers @ MSU page at The job number for this position is 489875. Complete applications will include a C.V., teaching portfolio (see guidelines at:, a cover letter that outlines the candidate’s expertise and qualifications for the duties described above, and an article or chapter length writing sample. In addition, three letters of recommendation that together address the candidate’s research expertise and/or teaching experience must be uploaded by the recommenders to MSU’s application system; the recommendation letters will be solicited after a candidate completes and submits their application.

The deadline to ensure full consideration of applications is March 12, 2018 and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Georgina M. Montgomery, at

LBC cultivates a vibrant, multi-disciplinary community that is diverse along many dimensions, including race and ethnicity; gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression; ability status; and creed or ideology.

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, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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