Call for Applications – Visiting Instructors (2014-2015) at Lyman Briggs College (Michigan State University) – Deadline March 15, 2014

Lyman Briggs College (LBC), an undergraduate, residential, liberal arts, science program at Michigan State University, invites applications for visiting instructors for 2014-2015.  We anticipate one to three full-time openings. Founded in 1967, LBC is a vibrant college at MSU focusing on the study of science and its impact on society. Bridging the two cultures, the LBC curriculum integrates natural sciences and mathematics courses with courses in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science, and faculty work closely with students in small classes. Faculty, staff, and students in LBC promote inclusion through a range of initiatives. The college, for example, hosts student groups like the Briggs Multi-Cultural Alliance and Women in Science. Briggs faculty, staff, and students have also won university awards for diversity and inclusion for their instruction and research.

Candidates must be committed to undergraduate teaching and should hold a MA/MS with a specialization in the history, philosophy, and/or sociology of science, technology, environment, or medicine. Interests in literature, public policy, the environment, history of science, and/or philosophy of technology would be especially welcomed.  A Ph.D. is strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will teach five courses over the course of the academic year: two or three sections of our first-year introduction to history, philosophy and sociology of science (HPS) course and two or three upper-level HPS courses. Salary is commensurate with experience.

This position is listed on the MSU Applicant Page, Posting #9077.  Applications must be uploaded to MSU’s online job application site and should include a cover letter outlining the candidate’s expertise as it pertains to their ability to teach within one or more of the specializations listed above and the pedagogical approaches the candidate applies in the classroom as well as a c.v. and teaching portfolio. For details on teaching portfolios see:  In addition, three letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s teaching experience and expertise must be sent electronically by the recommenders through the application system.

Deadline to ensure consideration of application is March 15, 2014, and review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Questions regarding these positions may be directed to Dr. Georgina M. Montgomery, at or at Lyman Briggs College; 919 E. Shaw Lane; Room E-35; Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI 48825-1107.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. 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 disabilities.


The History of Science Society invites nominations for its prizes

The History of Science Society invites nominations for its prizes

To submit a nomination, or for further information, please visit the HSS Web site at or contact the Executive Office:, 440 Geddes Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, (574.631.1194).

The nomination deadline is 1 April 2014. We request full citations for nominations.

Pfizer Award

The Pfizer Award, established in 1958 through the generosity of the Pfizer Company, honors an outstanding book dealing with the history of science. The book must be published in English during a period of three calendar years immediately preceding the year of competition (books eligible for 2014 were published in 2011, 2012, or 2013). Edited volumes, as well as works with more than 2 authors, are not eligible. A multi-volume work by one or two authors may be nominated only after the publication of all the volumes.

Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize

The Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the teaching of the history of science. Educational activities recognized by the award are to be construed in the broadest sense and should include but not be limited to the following: classroom teaching (K-12, undergraduate, graduate, or extended education), mentoring of young scholars, museum work, journalism, organization and administration of educational programs, influential writing, educational research, innovation in the methodology of instruction, preparation of pedagogical materials, or public outreach through non-print media. Nominations may be made by any HSS member and should include a curriculum vita of the nominee, a statement of not more than 1000 words describing her or his educational contributions, and not more than two seconding letters. All nominations remain active for three years.

Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize

The History of Women in Science Prize, renamed in recognition of Professor Rossiter’s pioneering work in the field, recognizes an outstanding article (or, in odd-numbered years, book) on the history of women in science. The article may take a biographical, institutional, theoretical, or other approach to the topic, which may include discussions of women’s activities in science, analyses of past scientific practices that deal explicitly with gender, and investigations regarding women as viewed by scientists. These may relate to medicine, technology, and the social sciences as well as the natural sciences. The article must have been published no more than four years before the year of award (articles published from 2010 – 2013 are eligible for the 2014 prize).

Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize

The Davis Prize, established through the generosity of Miles and Audrey Davis, recognizes books in the history of science directed to a wide public (including undergraduate instruction). Books published in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible for the 2014 prize. Eligible books should be introductory in assuming no previous knowledge of the subject and in being directed to audiences of beginning students and general readers. They should introduce an entire field, a chronological period, a national tradition, or the work of a noteworthy individual. Multi-authored or edited books are eligible, whereas unrevised reprints of previously published works are not.

The Suzanne J. Levinson Prize

The Suzanne J. Levinson Prize is awarded biennially for a book in the history of the life sciences and natural history. For 2014, the book must have been written in the previous four years to be eligible, meaning books written in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 can be nominated.  In establishing the prize, Mark Levinson honors his wife Suzanne J. Levinson, who was especially interested in the history of evolutionary theory, microbiology, and botany.

Nathan Reingold Prize Deadline Announced

The History of Science Society’s Nathan Reingold Prize for an original graduate student essay on the history of science and its cultural influences

The deadline for the History of Science Society’s 2014 Reingold Prize for an essay by a graduate student is 1 June 2014. Please share this information with the scholars and students in your department and encourage students to enter their essays. For more information on the Reingold prize, visit the HSS website at The ideal Reingold Prize paper should be original; historiographically sophisticated; based on primary sources, either published or archival; clearly argued; well written; and interesting. Successful papers in the past have come from parts of dissertations in progress or revised seminar papers.

The prize recognizes an original and unpublished article (articles that have been accepted for publication are ineligible) on the history of science and its cultural influences written by a graduate student enrolled at any college, university, or institute of technology. Essays in the history of medicine are not eligible for the prize; however, papers dealing with the relations between medicine and the non-medical sciences are welcome. It is hoped, but not assured, that the winning article will merit publication in Isis.

Essays submitted for the competition must be thoroughly documented, written in English, must not exceed 8,000 words in length (exclusive of footnotes), and should conform to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Please submit your electronic submissions (Word, rtf, or pdf documents) to Files should be no larger than 5 megabytes. Please use low resolution images. All information identifying the author by name or school should be removed from the document except for a coversheet that is separate from the body of the paper (essays are read without knowledge of the authors’ identity). If sending hard copies to the address below, send three copies of the essay with a detachable cover sheet.

History of Science Society
440 Geddes Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

All essays are due at the Executive Office by 1 June 2014. All entries must be accompanied by proof that the author was a graduate student in good standing at a school, college, or university some time during 2014. This proof can take the form of a dated school ID, transcript, or letter of support from an advisor on school letterhead. For other suggestions for proof of eligibility, and all other questions regarding the Reingold Prize, contact the History of Science Society at