This is one full-time, 9-month, non tenure-track faculty position requiring the successful candidate to teach course in the Honors curriculum and to provide service in the college and in the profession.
Salary Grade: UC
Through a generous gift from Judy and Bobby Shackouls in 2006, the University Honors Program at Mississippi State grew and transformed to become the Shackouls Honors College. As of 2023, over 2,500 undergraduates are members of the Shackouls Honors College. Over 700 first-year students make honors-residence halls in Zacharias Village the hub of undergraduate excellence at Mississippi State University.
In the residential college, honors students can study together, attend a student-led Roman play in the outdoor theatre, hear lectures from distinguished guests, and create an ideal living-learning community. Classrooms, conference rooms, social spaces, and courtyard complement honor student residences. The Honors College offers small seminars with common readings to students in the first year of the program and follows that with special topics and interdisciplinary courses in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Seminars have a maximum of 15 students in each section, while lecture courses have no more than 25. Honor students can take Oxbridge tutorials where 1-3 students meet with a faculty tutor each week to engage in conversation about the students’ work. Those who prefer this style of student-centered learning can take tutorials with Oxford or Glasgow University faculty during our Shackouls Summer Study in the UK.
Shackouls Honors students conduct research with university faculty through the support of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Discovery, and they compete for national scholarships through the Office of Prestigious External Scholarships, both housed in the Honors living-learning community of Zacharias Village.
Area of Specialization:
A discipline in humanities or social sciences that qualifies the candidate to teach courses that support the Honors Curriculum.
Anticipated Appointment Date:
Tenure Track Status:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• The successful candidate will be assigned to teach undergraduate courses including but not limited to: HON 1163 The Quest Begins, HON 1173 The West and The Wider World, HON 3143 Honors Seminar in Social Sciences, HON 3173 Honors Seminar in Fine Arts, HON 3183 Honors Seminar in Humanities
• Teaching occasionally in other departments is an option if this does not interfere with Honors teaching duties.
• Advise regularly a subset of Shackouls Honor Students, aid with student organizations. Mentor SHC students in research & support other aspects of undergraduate research as needed
• Develop new and support existing educational enriching opportunities in the honors community. Serve on committees
• Engage in professional development around instruction and student engagement and have potential to become a leader in pedagogical issues. Develop Honors curriculum
For Assistant Professor of Teaching in Honors, the appropriate terminal degree and a strong record of or potential for successful teaching. Highly qualified ABDs will be considered, but a discipline appropriate terminal degree (in the social sciences or humanities) must be completed within one year of the appointment date.
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a humanities or social science-related field, a strong record of collegiate teaching experience, with evidence of innovative pedagogy in interdisciplinary courses. Candidates will be able to teach courses in a core-text curriculum for first-year students and creative interdisciplinary courses for advanced students from different majors.
Candidates who have experience in, or the potential for building an enriched, equitable, and diverse learning environment are strongly encouraged to apply. A demonstrated commitment to work with students of all backgrounds and with students holding a range of worldviews is highly valued.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The successful candidate must have a thorough knowledge of their area of expertise and understand how to teach students from different majors. They must demonstrate a willingness to participate collegially in an undergraduate focused-honors environment and have the capacity to mentor and advise undergraduates from the time they enter the university to graduation. See above for overall duties and responsibilities.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
The successful candidate must be able to teach in a classroom setting and provide service in the college and to the profession. The position requires no unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
Instructions for Applying:
All applicants must apply online at https://www.job.msstate.edu, and send a cover letter, curriculum vita, and names and full contact information for three (3) references.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
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