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1855 Professorship in Arts and Climate Justice- Open Rank

Michigan State University Residential College in Arts and Humanities/Lyman Briggs College
Indian, Maine, US
Closing date
Dec 9, 2022

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Academic / Research
Social Science / Humanities
Climate Change
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Employment Type
Full time
The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks a practicing artist whose work is recognized for engaging climate justice, climate change and/or ecological conditions in local, national and/or global contexts. The ideal candidate will possess an MFA or PhD/terminal degree in a related field and be capable of teaching arts practice as well as research-oriented courses in climate justice, climate change and/or ecology that draw on interdisciplinary, collaborative, and community-oriented practices and scholarship. The candidate's work must be capable of driving discussions around art and environmental justice, especially as they pertain to the diverse ecologies and issues of sustainability faced across the Great Lakes region. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to addressing issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. They should build upon and expand RCAH's and MSU's mission and strengths.

The candidate's arts practice, scholarship and teaching should align with RCAH's focus on the intersection of the arts and humanities, issues of social justice, and understanding the world through arts practice. A secondary and demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary collaborations with scientists and working with STEM and/or non-artist students is desired, but not required.

This position may include a secondary appointment with the Lyman Briggs College, MSU's residential college for studying the sciences within societal and global contexts. Based on the expertise and interests of the successful artist, they could develop scholarly collaborations with Lyman Briggs faculty and students, as well as contribute to arts-based instructional units and events in the Lyman Briggs College.

About the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

A student-centered, undergraduate college, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities is grounded in-and pushes the boundaries of-the arts and humanities to create space for and deepen multiple ways of knowing that can be mobilized for equity, social justice and sustainability ( A residential college in the fullest sense, the RCAH builds community among our students, faculty, staff, and the people around us. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming environment for the entire RCAH community - including students, faculty, staff, families, community partners, and visitors. As part of our recently completed strategic plan, RCAH embraces five core values: Seeding Change; Building Community; Creating Inclusive Futures; Fostering Radical Reciprocity; and (Re)imagining Possibilities of Social justice.

About Lyman Briggs College

Founded in 1967, Lyman Briggs College (LBC) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate residential college within MSU that aims to transform what it means to be a scientist ( The LBC curriculum integrates the natural sciences and mathematics with the human, social, and global dimensions of the sciences. Faculty work closely with students in small classes, and the college is known as a place for interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching and learning, and engagement. The college boasts a dynamic community of students, staff, and faculty who make LBC an exceptional place to learn and work.

About 1855 Professorships

The 1855 professorships are part of the Provost's initiatives to enhance student success and elevate academic quality and reputation at MSU. In addition to aligning with the MSU 2030 DEI strategic theme, the development of Advancing Inclusive Excellence at MSU resulted in the creation of these Professorships. Michigan State University was founded in the year 1855.

We actively encourage applications from the LGBTQIA+ community, BIPOC applicants, veterans, applicants of diverse abilities, and applicants from other minoritized groups. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity.

Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg - Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. The University resides on Land ceded in 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.

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