Allendale, MI United States
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Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Department

Grand Valley State University, Liberal Studies Department

Job Title: Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Department
Job Location: Allendale , MI
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Humanities: other
Social & behavioral sciences
Other Professional fields
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Date Posted: 2018-10-04
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Department
Grand Valley State University

The Liberal Studies Department at Grand Valley State University invites applications for an assistant professor with research specialization in the study of iconography, semiotics, and/or narrative to broadly serve the department’s growing undergraduate programs in Liberal Studies, Religious Studies, and Intercultural Communication as well as its Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation.

The expected start date is August 6, 2019.

This position is intended to complement existing strengths in a vibrant department that practices and understands interdisciplinary studies as drawing from multiple disciplinary locations, working across and for cultural communities, and engaging with varied methodological and theoretical frameworks.

Work that connects experiences of individuals/groups within the United States to broader regional/global perspectives, including transnational, diasporic, and comparative work, is particularly welcomed.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated teaching expertise at the undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrated interdisciplinary scholarship that connects to disciplines like literature, writing/rhetoric, history, religious studies, and/or philosophy.
  • Experience working with and understanding of underrepresented and diverse populations and a commitment to social justice work within these populations.
  • Commitment to serving diverse communities of learners, collaborating with diverse colleagues whose expertise spans disciplinary and geographic boundaries, and to General Education.
  • Strong potential for teaching excellence at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • A completed PhD in a relevant field by the time of appointment (August 6, 2019).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated research experience and/or academic training in an interdisciplinary field of study such as the Study of Religion, Area Studies, Comparative Literature, Indigenous Studies, etc.
  • Experience with liberal education and integrative learning.
  • Ability to teach in both classroom and online environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach a broad range of courses within departmental core courses such as: LIB 100 (Reflect, Connect, Engage), REL 100 (Religions of the World), LIB 201 (Diversity in the U.S.), ITC 100 (Intro to Intercultural Communication), LIB 311 (Meaning), LIB 312 (Dialogue), and LIB 301 (Interdisciplinary Research Methods)
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to teach one or more of the following advanced undergraduate and graduate courses: LIB 310 (Creativity), LIB 314 (Life Journeys), REL 335 (Sacred Texts—Global Contexts), SI 610 (Research Methods for Social Inquiry), SI 620 (Case Studies in Social Innovation), SI 630 (Engaging Diversity Through Social Innovation), and SI 650 (Place and Environmental Justice)
  • Interest in working with non-traditional and adult learners.
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds and with diverse experiences are encouraged to apply.

Information and Application Process Instructions

How To Apply: Apply online at, click "Apply now".

Include curriculum vitae; cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications; research precis (1 page); and teaching philosophy statement (1 page). (Please note only specified documents should be uploaded).

Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Liberal Studies Department: or by ground mail: One Campus Drive, 324 Lake Ontario Hall, GVSU, Allendale, MI 49401. Any inquiries should be sent to Dr. Brent Smith, Search Committee Chair, Liberal Studies Department, Please see for more information.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

When inquiring or applying for this job opening, please also reference

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and employment opportunities at Grand Valley State University and at other institutions of higher education in the region on

To obtain more information or to submit your resume you can contact Brent Smith as shown below. If you apply for this position, please say you saw it first on Thank you.

Brent Smith
Please apply only at
1 Campus Drive
Lake Ontario Hall 324
Allendale , MI 49401
United States
Phone: 6163318020

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