University of Minnesota - Morris
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 16, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Minnesota Morris invites inquiries from outstanding faculty scholars and researchers for its Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Liberal Arts. As a founding member of the national Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), the University of Minnesota Morris desires, through this opportunity, to advance the national conversation on the importance of the liberal arts (“those areas of study [Latin artes] befitting free citizens [Latin liberales]”) in public undergraduate colleges.

The professorship bears the title of Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts and is offered annually to an established, internationally recognized faculty member in one or more--interdisciplinarity is especially welcome--of the liberal arts disciplines. Prior Distinguished Visiting Professors include Gloria Ladson-Billings, path-breaking author in the field of culturally relevant pedagogy; Peter Agre, Nobel Laureate in chemistry and leading global health researcher; Gary Nabhan, ethnobiologist and internationally celebrated nature writer and agrarian activist; and Heid Erdrich, National Poetry Series award-winning poet, curator, filmmaker, and writer.

The professorship includes a substantial honorarium, reimbursement for travel, and housing adjacent to the campus. The visiting professor is ideally expected to spend one semester in residence on the University of Minnesota Morris campus, during which time the visiting professor participates in teaching and delivers at least two public lectures or performances. Other obligations while in residence can be negotiated and may consist of classroom visits, offering a course or workshops, participation in scheduled colloquia, and mentoring faculty and students. We have an unexpected opening for fall 2021 for which we are accepting applications, in addition to accepting applications for spring semester 2023.


Morris is an undergraduate-focused residential liberal arts community that provides a rigorous academic experience preparing its students to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body of approximately 1500 is supported by 120 faculty members. Forty percent of UMN Morris students are Native American, persons of color, or of international origin. UMN Morris is the only federally recognized Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution in the Upper Midwest. 


Interested individuals should visit morris.umn.edu for more information about UMN Morris. Applicants may submit inquiries and applications to ummvcaa@morris.umn.edu; to apply, please provide a CV and a letter of interest addressed to Janet Schrunk Ericksen, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, by May 3, 2021.