Professorship in Social Science

Michigan State University College of Social Science

John Richard Butler II Professorship

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Human Resources And Labor Relations 10038508
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Human Resources, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

John Richard Butler II Professorship

Position Summary

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry. 

The School of Human Resources and Labor Relations seeks senior candidates whose primary interests and expertise focus on the evolution and future of work and how the human experience at work is being transformed. The workplace is being shaped by multiple actors and forces. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, workers are demanding more flexibility from employers and a new social contract that provides them with more control over their work. Greater workforce diversity is forcing employers to adjust their employment practices in ways that emphasize equity and inclusion. In addition, work is being designed in new ways, new technologies are enhancing some occupations while degrading others, new forms of employee voice are emerging, and skill demands are changing.

This position presents an opportunity for someone who would like to join and lead a newly formed interdisciplinary consortium of MSU faculty across the social sciences, engineering, media and information, education, and management departments working together to elevate research on work across Michigan State University.

Instructional responsibilities include teaching in our signature Master of Human Resources & Labor Relations program, our doctoral program and at the undergraduate level.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -employment rels, human resource mgt, org

Minimum Requirements

We seek applicants with an outstanding record of research and scholarship excellence on one or more of the above broadly defined issues related to work. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in employment relations, human resource management, organizational behavior, sociology, economics, I/O psychology, information systems, or a related discipline. 

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrated success in obtaining external funding to support one's research agenda is an advantage.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should complete an application and provide a cover letter outlining one's research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, two writing samples of most recent work, a statement on contributions to diversity, and the names of three references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

To view the posting and apply for the position go to and search on the "Faculty/Academic Staff" tab. Then go to posting #796754. 

The review of applications will begin on October 3, 2022, but applications will continue to be considered until this position is filled. Further inquiries should be directed to:  Dr. Chenwei Liao, School of Human Resources & Labor Relations, Michigan State University, 368 Farm Lane, 429 SKH, East Lansing, 48824. Email:

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Department Statement

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MSU is 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 Located in East Lansing, MI, MSU has easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, great school districts, and two large metropolitan areas (Grand Rapids, Detroit).

The College of Social Science and the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations strongly encourages applications from women, persons of color, ethnic minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

MSU Statement

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.

Advertised: Aug 29, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Aug 29, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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