The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University is committed to high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction across the social sciences. Our interdisciplinary faculty’s areas of expertise include anthropology, environmental and energy policy, history, industrial heritage and archaeology, political science, sociology, and geography. We pride ourselves on providing students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on educational experiences and apply academic concepts, strategies, and techniques to contemporary, real-world issues.

Two Faculty Positions Available

1) Social Sciences       2) Documentation of Sites and Structures

 • Application deadline for both positions is 15 Jan. 2015 •

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Nancy Langston

Ph.D., University of Washington

Contact

nelangs3@mtu.edu

Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences

I am an environmental historian who examines the shared histories of people and watersheds. My current research explores the connections between landscape change, mining, and environmental health in Lake Superior and other boreal watersheds.During 2012-2013, I was the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Science, in residence in the Department of Historical, . . .

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Audrey L. Mayer

Audrey L. Mayer

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee

Contact

906-487-2864
almayer@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy

I have a joint appointment with the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. My research fits generally within the framework of multidisciplinary sustainability science. I develop and test sustainability indices for their utility to manage dynamic human-environmental systems from local to global scales. I . . .

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Melissa F. Baird

Melissa F. Baird

PhD, Anthropology, University of Oregon, December 2009

Contact

906-487-2366
mfbaird@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Melissa’s work engages multi-sited and comparative and ethnographic approaches to examine how multi-national corporations, the State, private sector, heritage experts, and other decision-makers draw on the rhetoric of heritage, rights, and sustainability in environmental decisions and management. Through the lens of resource frontiers, her research seeks to broaden our understanding of . . .