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Thursday, September 3, 2015

UMN Seeking Human Rights Professors

The Institute for Global Studies (IGS) in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for one or more full-time, tenure-track faculty positions in the broad field of human rights. Appointments will be 100%-time over the nine-month academic year. Appointments will be made at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy. These will be joint appointments between the Institute for Global Studies and the appropriate disciplinary unit in the College of Liberal Arts. Appointments will begin fall semester 2016 (August 29, 2016).

Successful candidates will evidence a pronounced interdisciplinary stance in their scholarship.  We encourage applications from scholars whose work addresses the theory and history of human rights, and we also invite applications from candidates with research interests in one or more of the following areas of human rights scholarship: economic/social/cultural rights; intersectionality (e.g., race, gender, indigeneity, sexuality); migration; rights and political theory; laws and institutions/transitional justice; the role of non-state actors; war/atrocities/mass violence; conflict resolution; humanitarian aid; social movements; health/ environment; culture/film/literature/art/representation. The broad scope of this search is meant to indicate our interest in candidates with innovative and interdisciplinary research agendas that would supplement and enhance existing research and teaching in the field of human rights.  Geographic focus is open but we especially welcome applications from candidates whose work addresses human rights in Africa, the Middle East, East or Southeast Asia, or indigenous nations.

Required qualifications: Ph.D. or terminal degree in the appropriate field is required by the start of the appointment. The successful candidate(s) will show a strong commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching.

Candidates will be evaluated according to: a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarship or other creative work, b) relevance of their research to the units’ academic priorities, c) evidence of commitment to teaching, and d) strength of recommendations.

Duties & Responsibilities: Faculty in IGS and the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research and publication or other creative work, active engagement in graduate and undergraduate teaching and advising, and service in both IGS and the department of the tenure home. The tenure home will be determined by the chosen candidate(s) in consultation with the respective unit heads, the director of IGS, and the appropriate CLA associate dean(s). The individual’s work effort will be equally shared between IGS and the tenure home; tenure and promotion decisions will involve consultation between each unit.  The successful candidate(s) will be expected to participate in the interdisciplinary, comparative and theoretical dialogues that define the intellectual vitality of IGS and the Human Rights Program.

The Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at: http://intranet.cla.umn.edu/faculty/FacultyWorkloadPrinciplesGuidelines.php 

Program Description: The Institute for Global Studies, founded in 1998, fosters interdisciplinary faculty and graduate student research on global/transnational themes, serves as the coordinating unit for a range of campus centers focused on global issues, and houses an undergraduate Global Studies major. IGS faculty members hold joint appointments with a range of departments such as Anthropology; Geography, Environment, and Society; Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; Sociology; and Spanish & Portuguese.  IGS faculty are engaged in a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects including global urbanism, agricultural humanitarianism, education of migrant populations, and the relationship between cultural practice and sovereign power.  Additional information about the Institute is available at http:// igs.cla.umn.edu.  IGS houses and supports the Human Rights Program. The Human Rights Program advances human rights scholarship through support for research and publications; educates the next generation of human rights scholars and professionals; and engages with serious human rights issues through timely and meaningful projects, public programs and internships.  Additional information about the HRP is available at http://hrp.cla.umn.edu.  The University of Minnesota has long been at the forefront of human rights scholarship and action.  Faculty working in this area have established international reputations by bringing together scholarly, legal, policy and activist work on human rights around the globe.
 
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All applicants must apply online through this link (U of M Job ID 303819).

To be considered for this position, please click the "apply" button and follow the instructions. You will be given an opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a letter of intent and curriculum vitae. Additional documents must be attached by accessing your “My Activities” page. The following materials must be attached to your online application: 1) letter of intent, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) one article length writing sample or the equivalent.

In addition, applicants must arrange to have three letters of evaluation sent to <hrsearch@umn.edu>.  Additional materials may be requested at a later date.  Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2015, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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