Academic Specialist – Teacher-Continuing

  • Michigan State University, School of Planning, Design and Construction
  • East Lansing, MI, USA
  • Feb 12, 2020
Full time   Architecture Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description

The Construction Management (CM) program in the School of Planning, Design & Construction (SPDC) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a Teaching Specialist, with an expected start date of August 16, 2020. This Academic Specialist is a non-tenure track full-time teaching position, continual/permanent following two successful probationary reviews at year 2 and 5. This position is an academic year (9-month) appointment.

Demonstrable ability to teach at the undergraduate level is required in several CM areas including two or more of following: construction methods and materials, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), building information modeling (BIM), real estate development and finance, structural analysis and design, estimating, scheduling, project management, residential construction, building science, sustainable built environment, and infrastructure construction. In addition to teaching, the selected candidate will be expected to provide service to the program and the school which will include alumni and industry relations.

The Construction Management program has a nationally recognized program that awards an ACCE accredited baccalaureate degree as well as master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Construction Management. The program currently has 8 full-time faculty members, an undergraduate student advisor, and approximately 200 undergraduate students and 25 graduate students. This position provides exceptional opportunities for individuals who wish to be associated with a well-established program with strong university, industry and alumni support; and with rapidly developing research and outreach opportunities. For further information about the School of Planning, Design and Construction and the Construction Management Program, visit

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, MI, with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and award-winning school districts. MSU is also pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. MSU actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, transgender or gender diverse individuals, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum qualifications for this position include: 1) A Master’s degree in Construction Management, Construction Engineering and Management, Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a closely related field; 2) three or more years of U.S. Construction Management experience; and 3) strong communication skills. 

Relevant professional licensing or certifications are desired.

Application Details

All candidates for the position (posting # 637270) must apply online at Qualified applicants should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy including summary of your professional experience and skills, 4) a summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom, any experience mentoring diverse students, and an explanation of how you will contribute to our goals of inclusive excellence, and 5) names and contact information for three professional references (letters are not initially required, but these individuals will be approached for letters before the final interviews).

Contact for administrative inquiries: Ms. Mary Beth Graebert, email -, 517-353-5274, and for CM Program-related questions:  Dr. Matt Syal, email -, 517-432-2951.

Review of applications will begin on March 16, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment will commence August 16, 2020.


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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 Michigan State University and at other institutions of higher education in the region on