James Madison College, the undergraduate residential college
with a focus on public and international affairs at Michigan State
University, invites applications for the inaugural Stephen O.
Murray Scholar-in-Residence. The award is made possible by a
generous endowment made by Dr. Keelung Hong in honor of his
partner, the scholar Steven O. Murray, who was also a graduate of
James Madison College. The Scholar-in-Residence will teach
and/or lecture at James Madison College and Michigan State
University while also conducting research, using the Stephen O.
Murray Archival Collection as well as other collections in the MSU
Libraries. Murray Scholars are expected to give lectures and/or a
short course and undertake research projects on Lesbian, Bisexual,
Gay, Transgender and Queer + (LBGTQ+) issues, which may include a
rich variety of inter- and cross-disciplinary topics. In
addition, the selected Murray Scholar is expected to be in
residence at JMC/MSU for some part of spring 2022 semester, to take
part in the intellectual life of the community, and to play an
active role in mentoring students.
Duration: The duration of the award will
be arranged depending upon the availability and interests of the
selected scholar and the needs of the college. The award
period could range from a short-term visit of 1-3 weeks to a
longer-term visit during the spring 2022 semester.
- Applicants should be working in fields related to LBGTQ+
studies, with a history of or interest in pursuing inter- or
cross-disciplinary work and using the Stephen O. Murray Collection.
The college is particularly interested in scholars whose work takes
up issues of intersectionality.
- International applicants must hold or be eligible for
appropriate U.S. visa to be eligible to visit MSU’s campus and
receive the financial support available for Murray Scholars.
Application and Review Process:
- Application must include a cover letter detailing their
interests and expertise as well as the theme for any lectures or
course to be offered, a CV, a research proposal, teaching materials
(if appropriate), and names/contact information for three
- Selection committee may choose to interview candidates to
evaluate their lecturing/teaching potential.
- After review of the candidates, the selection committee will
submit their recommendations to the Dean who will make the final
decision on the selection.
Financial Considerations: Murray Scholars will be awarded an
honorarium to be determined based on the seniority of the candidate
and the duration of the visit as well as activities to be
undertaken. The College will also provide support for travel
to/from MSU’s campus, on-campus or other available lodging
arrangements, and meal and incidental expenses support.
Additionally, Murray Scholars may be eligible for research support,
including student assistance, course materials and other related
expenditures to fulfill the teaching, public presentations, and
research responsibilities they have negotiated with the
Application materials: Please forward all
materials to Katie Dyjach – firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of
applications will begin on September 15, 2021. MSU is
committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The
university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of
women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with