Cluster Hire – Multiple Positions (Assistant Professors, Interdisciplinary Fields)

$63,000 - $65,500 yearly
  • Grand Valley State University, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Allendale, NJ, USA
  • Nov 03, 2021
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture Environmental Studies Humanities: Other Religious Studies & Theology Women's Studies/Gender Studies

Job Description


Summary: This search is designed to fill six (6) total tenure-line positions in Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Appointments may be joined with other Brooks College units, but primary appointments will serve the following areas: African & African American Studies, Digital Studies, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, and Integrative, Religious, & Intercultural Studies.

As part of its abiding commitment to values of inclusion and equity, Brooks College is conducting a college-wide tenure-line search designed to increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and inclusion, promote inclusive teaching strategies, and support faculty retention.

Successful candidates will have teaching and scholarly interests that span needs/priorities in two or more academic programs housed within Brooks College; increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and inclusion; and contribute to college and university goals with respect to access, equity, and inclusive campus climate. Candidates selected through this diversity cluster hire will be given start-up funds to support their work in diversity and inclusion with additional funding designated to support a collaborative effort among these new hires in support of DEI pedagogy and inclusive climate within Brooks College and university-wide.

Department/Division:  Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Unit(s) of appointment to be determined.

 Campus: Allendale, Michigan

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • A completed terminal degree in a relevant humanities, interdisciplinary, science, or social science field by August 2022.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience in an area that directly serves two or more of the following programs: African & African American Studies, Digital Studies, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, and Integrative, Religious, & Intercultural Studies. Examples of areas of particular need include: interdisciplinary research methods; broad knowledge of environmental and sustainability studies; social movements in relation to change with a particular focus on marginalized communities; social impact assessment; an interdisciplinary approach to digital studies with a focus on data preservation and sustainability, humanistic data design and visualization, social justice and digital technologies; sexuality and/or LGBTQ studies; collaborative communication; diversity and intercultural communication; immigration and migration studies; or African diaspora studies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship, and/or service as evidenced by past experience in one or more of those areas.
  • Evidence of an active research or creative agenda.
  • Experience working with and understanding of underrepresented and diverse populations, including non-traditional learners.
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues from outside one’s primary field of expertise/training.
  • Interest in teaching in online, hybrid, and face-to-face environments.
  • Clear description of how inclusion, equity, social justice, and diversity issues have been or will be brought into courses.
  • Commitment to teaching general education courses as well as teaching in one’s area(s) of expertise.
  • Show willingness to teach at all levels of the program, or programs, from introductory to capstone courses.
  • Submission of all required application materials by December 6, 2021.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Professional experience with liberal education and integrative learning.
  • Evidence of collaborative skills to develop innovative curriculum and promote student engagement.
  • Demonstrated professional experience with interdisciplinary collaboration among colleagues from outside one’s primary field of expertise/training.
  • Evidence of scholarly or creative activity, including the ability to maintain a strong record of scholarly or creative activity in the context of primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate programs.
  • Evidence of peer-reviewed or juried publications 

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Tenure-line faculty in Brooks College are typically hired on 9-month contracts and teach 18 credits/year, typically divided as three classes in Fall and three classes in Winter Semesters.
  • Tenure-line faculty at Grand Valley State University are expected to maintain a commitment to continual improvement with respect to teaching effectiveness, active scholarly/creative activity, and ongoing service to their unit(s), college, university, the profession, and larger community.

Application Details


How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include: a cover letter, vita, statement of teaching philosophy, writing sample indicative of area of scholarship, and a statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship, and/or service describing past experiences, contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff, and/or your field, and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research/and or service within Brooks College and/or at Grand Valley State University. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Letters of reference should only be provided if requested by the search committee.

Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215 or email the Brooks College Dean’s Office at

Application Deadline:  December 6, 2021

Commitment to Inclusion and Equity and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

As adopted by the Board of Trustees, in GVSU Board of Trustees Policy 1.4. Grand Valley State University is committed to inclusion and equity, and strives to establish a climate that welcomes and affirms the contributions of all students and employees. The 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 strives to provide all members of its community an inclusive environment and equitable opportunities for success. The University is also committed to maintaining a climate conducive to an educational, living, and employment environment that is free from unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination, as well as those defined by this policy. All members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. It is neither the purpose nor intent of this policy to infringe on the First Amendment or academic freedom as defined by the University. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community 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. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State).







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Application Deadline

December 6, 2021