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School of Liberal Arts

Visiting Scholar Opportunity

Interdisciplinary Institute- Visiting Associate Professor or Professor

The Interdisciplinary Institute at Merrimack College seeks to hire a visiting scholar for its inaugural year. The Interdisciplinary Institute embraces the potential for new knowledge, new ways of understanding, and new insights on complex questions that can come from integrating the theoretical and methodological approaches of more than one field of study. The Institute’s vision is to become a site for collaboration, exploration, and innovation, where visiting scholars, Merrimack faculty, and students can examine, understand, and attempt to resolve 21st century problems in the unique ways possible by employing the tools of multiple disciplines.

As an Institute committed to social justice and intersectionality, Merrimack College invites applications for a visiting position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor whose research and expertise focuses on the Institute’s first-year theme: the complex nature of bias. The visiting professor will help us understand and address the emergence and proliferation of biases (e.g., Where does bias come from? Is it inevitable? Why are some groups targeted and others not? How can we overcome bias?).

We will consider applicants who are available for either a single semester or a full year (Fall 2017-Spring 2018). The Institute and candidate will develop the responsibilities for this position, which could include:

  1. Teaching 1-2 course/s per semester
  2. Participating in/Lead Symposia
  3. Engaging with faculty and students in multiple ways (team-teaching, mentoring, co-authorship of scholarly works, project-based experiential learning, etc.)

Merrimack College is a private, selective, comprehensive college located 30 miles north of Boston in the historic and scenic Merrimack River Valley. Founded in 1947 by the Archbishop of Boston and the Order of St. Augustine, the College offers more than 100 undergraduate programs in science and engineering, business, liberal arts, and education and social policy. Merrimack also offers graduate programs in counseling, education, business, engineering, public affairs, and criminology. The College’s 3,200 undergraduate and nearly 450 graduate students come from 32 states and 31 countries to form an engaged community of thinkers, learners and achievers integrated in an academic culture of excellence, diversity and stature. The implementation in 2011, and revision in 2016, of the College’s ten-year strategic plan, the Agenda for Distinction, has led to renewed energy and sense of community, combined with growth of our faculty, and student body.

Applicants should submit the following: a curriculum vitae, a statement describing the interdisciplinary nature of your research and/or teaching as it relates to our theme on the complex nature of bias, and names and contact information of three potential references to hrjobs@merrimack.edu

Questions can be directed to Monica Cowart, Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, at cowartm@merrimack.edu. Applications are due by January 31, 2017.  Merrimack is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to social justice and increasing the diversity of the campus community.