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Specialist - Teacher-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Personnel Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Department Of Community Sustainability 10002241
Salary: 75000.00-80000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

The Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) at Michigan State University is considering candidates for a 12 month, 100% appointment, fixed-term teaching specialist in the area of Community Sustainability. The successful candidate will teach up to 6 courses per academic year, with additional possibilities over the summer. This individual will contribute to the department’s efforts to assess student learning outcomes of its undergraduate and graduate curricula. We seek a colleague who embraces the Department’s core value of community engagement and will bring the scholarship of sustainability on issues challenging communities across Michigan, the U.S. and the world.

Duties include: (a) developing and delivering high quality classroom instruction tied to curriculum, learning outcomes; (b) helping develop and implement approaches to assess student achievement of learning outcomes across the Department’s curricula. The successful candidate will prepare to teach at least one course in the core curriculum. Specific teaching duties will depend on the successful candidate’s strengths and the department’s needs. Syllabi for courses that comprise the Department’s curricula are available on the department’s web site.

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.

Required Degree

Masters -Community Sustainability or closely related

Desired Degree

Doctorate -Community Sustainability or closely related

Minimum Requirements

  • MS/MA (PhD preferred) in a relevant discipline;
  • Potential for successful teaching in the sustainability core curriculum;
  • Evidence of at least 3 years of professional teaching experience in higher education; and
  • Demonstrated interest in community engagement and collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching and learning research.

Desired Qualifications

  • PhD in a relevant discipline

Required Application Materials

  • Letter of Interest
  • Current CV
  • Names and Contact Information for Three References

Special Instructions

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on July 9, 2024, and continue until a suitable candidate has been selected. 

Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair Mike Everett, Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA,

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Department Statement

The Department of Community Sustainability is a vibrant community of scholars who engage with colleagues, students, stakeholders and communities to address sustainability challenges within specific environmental, economic and cultural contexts. We do this by:

  • Focusing on sustainability engagement that embraces the decisions inherent in the transition to a more sustainable future;
  • Creating and supporting a dedicated faculty working on sustainability-related issues;
  • Incorporating a systems-thinking view of sustainability into curricula at the undergraduate level, graduate level, and lifelong learner level; and
  • Conducting sustainability scholarship that is international in scope while attending to regional and local contexts.

As scholar-practitioners, and as a multidisciplinary department, we address critical issues at the interface of agriculture, natural resources, recreation, and communities. Through engaged scholarship, we aim to generate knowledge that will be useful to people in their roles as residents, landowners, businesses, and governmental and non-profit institutions.

We seek to understand the dynamic interactions in communities, ecosystems, and the world, as well as opportunities for sustainable development. This work is rooted in our view of a just, engaged, and dynamic society. Toward that end, we are guided by an ethic of responsible and responsive scholarship that engages people and communities.

Consistent with its mission to contribute to the development of sustainable communities, the Department offers three undergraduate majors (Bachelor of Science) linked by a common core in community sustainability: (1) Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS); (2) Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SPRT); and (3) Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education. Michigan State University is the only institution in Michigan certifying school-based secondary agricultural teachers. The Department offers graduate degrees in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education (MA), Community Sustainability (MS and PhD), and Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas Management (MS and PhD). In both undergraduate and graduate programs, the Department of Community Sustainability embraces international as well as domestic applications, engagement, and opportunities.

Additional information about the Department is available at  at

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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