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Signature Area: Smart Living: Humanities Cluster Asst Prof/Assoc Prof or Prof
Missouri University of Science and Technology

  • Dec. 5, 2016
  • Signature Area: Smart Living: Humanities Cluster Asst Prof/Assoc Prof or Prof
  • Arts, Languages, and Philosophy; English and Technical Communication; History and Political Science
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Rolla, MO
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Fall 2018
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Speech/Rhetoric
    Interdisciplinary Studies
    History - Cultural
    History - General
    Foreign Languages/Literatures
    Ethnic/Multicultural Studies
    Creative or Technical Writing
    Applied Linguistics
    American Studies
    Humanities - General
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Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is seeking candidates for two positions: (1) tenure-track at the assistant professor level and (2) mid-career position at either the associate professor or professor level who excel in interdisciplinary research to advance our campus signature area of Smart Living. Smart Living seeks to improve the human living condition by enhancing the integrated system of people, technology, and the environment. Smart Living requires an interdisciplinary effort in numerous fields among the business, computing, economics, engineering, humanities, mathematics and statistics, policy, science, and social science disciplines to advance a sustainable, usable, and healthy society. The Smart Living signature area is one of four signature areas that are part of S&T’s aggressive strategic plan to hire 100 faculty, adding more breadth and depth to our world-class programs. New hires may start in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Fall 2018.

Highly qualified, motivated faculty members in various disciplines would join the university at a pivotal moment in its 146 year history to assist us in raising our visibility. The university has an ambitious strategic plan strongly supported by the University of Missouri System, and a decade of growth in its enrollments, research expenditures, scholarly activity, and overall academic quality. In rising to the challenge, the university is halfway through a plan to hire 100 new faculty members by 2020 — growing the faculty by 20 percent. Part of this bold, ambitious plan includes employing transformative and focused hiring in four interdisciplinary signature areas, including Smart Living ( Representative faculty interests in Smart Living can be found at under Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems.

New faculty will build upon and add new dimensions to the existing strengths at Missouri S&T. The positions are broadly defined. New hires must be able to contribute to the Smart Living vision from various perspectives, including secure and private decision-making, smart technologies for business, smart grid, smart buildings, smart transportation, smart environment, leadership, usability, and governance and policy issues. A Ph.D. is required.

Interested applicants should submit an electronic application to Missouri S&T Human Resources at

Applications must include:
1. A cover letter.
2. A current curriculum vitae.
3. A one-page statement of research interests and experience.
4. A one-page statement of teaching interests and experience.
5. A one-page statement detailing plans to create an interdisciplinary research program around smart living. This plan should describe interactions with existing campus groups and include an explanation of fit with one or more of the clusters described below.
6. The three statements should collectively demonstrate that the applicant is cognizant of challenges related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic environments, and has plans for addressing these challenges.
7. Complete contact information for five references.

All reference materials must include reference number 67782. Application materials that do not include the position reference number will not be processed. Hard copy applications are not accepted. Acceptable electronic formats include PDF and Word. Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2017 and applications will be accepted and reviewed until the positions are filled.

Smart Living, Humanities Cluster

(History & Political Science, Languages, Speech, Philosophy, Tech Communications)
Candidates whose home department could be in Arts, Languages, and Philosophy; English and Technical Communication; or History and Political Science should have a Ph.D. in their respective fields and an active research program relevant to Smart Living at S&T. The ideal candidate will be able to contribute to their respective home departments, while establishing a successful collaboration with computer, behavioral, biological, physical, and social scientists working on the smart living initiative. The candidate could have expertise in any of a variety of areas: Languages (intercultural communication, study abroad programs, global competence/intercultural communication competence, bilingualism); History or political science (architectural history; environmental history; government and public service; history of science, medicine, and technology; public or environmental policy; environmental humanities); English and technical communication (social media, user experience , technology diffusion, rhetoric of science, sustainability studies, American studies, or linguistics); Speech (communication and environmental attitudes and policy; rhetoric and environmental controversies/global climate change; policies on wilderness, health, or climate protection issues; news media agenda setting and framing; green marketing); and Philosophy (moral permissibility to monitor consumption, metaethical considerations, ethics of technology).

Missouri University of Science and Technology is one of the nation’s leading research universities. Located about 100 miles west of St. Louis in the community of Rolla, Missouri S&T is an accessible, safe and friendly campus surrounded by Ozarks scenery. Missouri S&T offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, liberal arts, humanities and business, with master’s and Ph.D. programs available in many of the science and engineering programs and master’s degrees in biological sciences, business administration, psychology, and technical communication. With nearly 9,000 students enrolled online and on campus, Missouri S&T is big enough to accommodate a diverse population but small enough for individuals to stand out. More information about the campus can be found at Missouri S&T seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples.

  • The final candidate is required to provide an official transcript showing completion of the terminal degree listed in the application materials submitted. Missouri S&T is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Females, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The university participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please contact DHS at: 1-888-464-4218.

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Contact Information

  • Nancy Stone

    Missouri University of Science and Technology
    500 W 14th Street
    136 H/Ss
    Rolla, MO 65013
  • 573-341-6553


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