[Humanist] 30.751 assoc/full professorships (Michigan State)

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 751.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:02:22 -0500
        From: "S. Rachman" <rachman at msu.edu>
        Subject: Job Listing: Michigan State University Critical Diversity in the Digital Age English Department

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.




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 cilano at msu.edu or (517) 355-7575 with questions.

S. Rachman
Associate Professor, English
Director of American Studies
Co-Director of the DHLC Lab
Interim Director of DH, College 
of Arts & Letters
610 C Wells Hall
Red Cedar Road
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
rachman at msu.edu

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