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Barry M. Klein Visiting Chair in Culture and Globalization

Oakland University
Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 28, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
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Full Time
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The College of Arts and Sciences at Oakland University invites applications for a resident visiting fellow to serve as the inaugural Barry M. Klein Visiting Chair for Culture and Globalization for the 2022-2023 academic year. Theme for the 2022-2023 program: Race, Ethnicities, and Identities in Transition This fellowship is open to researchers, scholars, and artists with demonstrated expertise and interest in the prescribed theme for the 2022-2023 program. The program provides a $70,000 stipend to pursue research, scholarship, or creative inquiry that will contribute actively and significantly to the campus-wide exploration of the annual theme. This stipend may be combined with sabbatical funding or other stipendiary support. Additional support is available for housing and travel. The chosen Visiting Chair will be expected to be in residence at Oakland University throughout the academic year, which runs from September through April. While in residence, the Visiting Chair will take an active role in fostering inter- and cross-disciplinary exchanges with the Oakland faculty, student body, and the community at large. In addition to presenting a public lecture, presentation, or performance on their developing work each semester and contributing to other public events related to the theme, the Visiting Chair will take part in monthly forums to discuss work in progress with Klein Center Distinguished Faculty Fellows, other faculty members, and students drawn from the Oakland community. The Visiting Chair will also be expected to engage with undergraduates and graduate students through occasional classroom visits and meetings of student organizations. Interactions with the wider communities of Metro Detroit are also encouraged. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to experience with or commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The Barry M. Klein Center for Culture and Globalization at Oakland University was established in 2021 through a generous gift from the estate of its namesake. The Center is a realization of Klein's vision to recruit researchers, scholars, and artists to Oakland University, promote national and international dialogue, and create opportunities for students and faculty to experience culture and globalization studies on an unprecedented level. In keeping with the vision of its benefactors, the Klein Center aims to catalyze transformative thinking about current social issues explored through inter- and cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Klein Center aspires to promote collaborative synergies across campus to create enriching learning experiences for students, faculty, and the community. Its robust, multi-faceted programs and activities are also intended to inspire constructive engagement with the greater Oakland University community and the world at large.

The workings of the Klein Center revolve around an annual theme led by a prominent researcher, scholar, or artist competitively selected to serve as the resident Barry M. Klein Visiting Chair for Culture and Globalization. Besides pursuing one's own research, scholarship, or creative inquiry in line with the prescribed theme, the Visiting Chair is charged with interacting and collaborating with two Klein Center Distinguished Faculty Fellows and two Klein Center Undergraduate Scholars. Through a mixture of public lectures, presentations, performances, campus forums, and engagement with undergraduates, graduates, student organizations, and the greater Metro Detroit community, the Visiting Chair, Distinguished Faculty Fellows, and Undergraduate Scholars will give life to the annual theme and afford unique opportunities for learning and involvement.

Please apply by February 1, 2022 for full consideration. The required application materials consist of a curriculum vitae that includes the names, professional affiliations, and contact information for three references and brief cover letter with a proposal or statement of no more than 1,500 words detailing the research, scholarship, or creative inquiry to be undertaken during the fellowship period, beginning on the page after the cover letter. The shortlisted finalists will be invited to meet for a virtual interview with the Klein Center Steering Committee. Application materials must be submitted through Please address questions to the Klein Center for Culture and Globalization by email:

Oakland University is a nationally recognized doctoral university of high research activity located on 1,443 acres of scenic land in the cities of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills in Oakland County, Michigan. The University has 142 bachelor's degree programs and 138 graduate degree and certificate programs. Academics include programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Nursing. As an anchor institution in southeastern Michigan, Oakland University is committed to building ongoing and collaborative relationships with the surrounding communities. Community and civic engagement enhances the lives of our students and has a positive impact on our broader community. This fellowship is open to researchers, scholars, and artists with demonstrated expertise and interest in the prescribed theme for the 2022-2023 program.


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