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Specialist - Curriculum Dev-Fixed Term

Company name
Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI, United States

Employment Type

Design, Education

Posted on
Apr 17, 2023



Work type:

Faculty/Academic Staff

Major Administrative Unit / College:

College Of Arts And Letters


Al Research And Scholarship 40000801

Sub Area:

FAS- Fac./Acad Staff


Salary Commensurate with Experience


East Lansing


Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Academic Programs Manager

Position Summary

The College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University seeks an Academic Programs Manager to support the curriculum development, administrative and outreach efforts of our programs, specifically support for the Holocaust and Genocide Collaborative, Graduate Pedagogy Initiative, and Graduate Certificate Programs currently in development.

This is a full-time, renewable fixed-term 12-month position in the academic specialist system starting in July 2023 for an initial period of three years. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator who is extremely well organized.

The Academic Programs Manager will work with faculty colleagues to develop and disseminate curricular components of these programs, teach courses, develop action plans, timelines, and implementation strategies, work with campus administrators to ensure the effective rollout of these programs and to conduct outreach work on behalf of the programs.

The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in an arts or humanities discipline, experience working in higher education, managing projects, working with stakeholders across all levels of a widely diverse and complex organization, teaching in a university classroom, leading an academic program within a university setting, and excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

Specific job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Collaborate with faculty colleagues to develop courses and academic programming for programs in the College of Arts and Letters

Develop and teach courses in Graduate Certificate programs

Work closely with College and Program administrators to ensure successful rollout of programs and initiatives

Create project plans, monitor progress and performance against the project plan and identify, resolve or escalate risks

Manage and align diverse perspectives and relationships, including deans, faculty partners, external partners and collaborators, and other MSU stakeholders while utilizing a balance of relationship management, creative problem solving and risk management to ensure project success

Create and implement comprehensive project and curricular plans, including schedules, resources, deliverables, and measures of success

Organize, schedule, and lead strategic meetings, brainstorming sessions and events to move academic programs forward

Set priorities, allocate tasks, and collaborate with project faculty and staff to meet program targets and milestones

Contribute to on-campus and external outreach activities with respect to active programs and projects they are working with

Assume ownership of project success, providing dedicated leadership and seek support as needed.

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


Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

MA/MS required.

1 years of experience working in an academic environment (leadership experience preferred)

Ability to work independently and collaborate with an interdisciplinary, cross-institutional team.

Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills

Demonstrated interest in building inclusive environments

Desired Qualifications

Ph.D. or MFA

strongly preferred.

Experience developing and managing academic programs

Experience with curriculum development and teaching

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

a cover letter

current curriculum vitae

A 1-page summary of your philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to intellectual leadership in the areas of teaching/curriculum development, research/creative activities, service, outreach, advising, and/or administration. The statement should also include an explanation of related past or planned activities/endeavors as well as how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.

For more about MSU’s DEI efforts, see

. For more information about writing diversity statements, see

the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin

May 15,


and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be


electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website

. Posting number 855936.

For more information, contact

Scott Schopieray

, Chair of the Search Committee at

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Review of Applications Begins On



Department Statement

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion

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.


Apr 17, 2023

Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close:

Apr 17, 2025

Eastern Daylight Time

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