President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Overview

The President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) is a University of Minnesota program that seeks applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in higher education and at the University. The goal is to recruit diverse applicants who may be considered for tenure track positions at the University of Minnesota. As part of a national academic cohort that began at the University of California, the PPFP is interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their research and teaching the perspective that comes from their educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

CLA participation

The College of Liberal Arts is actively recruiting for three postdoc positions. Each department has developed a position description applicable to their research areas and specific departmental opportunities.

The Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2023-2025 academic years. We prioritize applicants with expertise and grounded engagement in one or a combination of the following fields: Black, Indigenous, or Chicanx/Latinx Feminisms. We invite applicants with a range of potentially interconnecting research interests in the following areas: STS; debility and disability; transgender studies; affect; digital humanities; sexual violence, reproductive justice; the environment; water and food security; immigration; animal studies; or settler colonialism. Ideal candidates will be those forging innovative and productive connections across methods, fields, and disciplines and time- and place-specific contexts in the social sciences and humanities. 

Preference will be given to candidates who have conducted teaching and research in two or more of these areas in novel ways, and approach them in a transnational framework, including through conversations in African Studies, Caribbean Studies, and/or Latin American Studies. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Women's Studies, Gender Studies, Feminist Studies, Sexuality Studies or a related social sciences or humanities field with an emphasis in feminist theory and/or feminist studies is required. Preference will be given to candidates with degrees or certificates in Women's and Gender Studies and demonstrated commitment to intersectional and transnational feminist pedagogies. 

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of letters of recommendations. 

The Postdoctoral Fellow is required to teach one course per year. Contingent on faculty vote, this position will turn into a Tenure Track Assistant Professor position.

The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota promotes feminist scholarship, teaching, and programming that centers on the relationship between knowledge, power, and social justice. While gender and sexuality are fundamental to our field, we recognize that our lives as gendered beings are inextricably formed and informed by race, nation, citizenship, caste, class, disability, religion, and other signifiers of difference that affect our identities and how we relate to each other. GWSS employs decolonizing and feminist pedagogies and is committed to working towards undoing structural inequalities that often shape the institutional relationships between the University and disadvantaged communities. This commitment goes hand in hand with a resolve to recruit, retain, support, and work with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff who are often marginalized in multiple global norths and global souths. Our department is recognized as one of the leading programs in the field with one of the most established and highly successful Feminist Studies Ph.D. programs in the nation. The department is organized around a dynamic and growing undergraduate major, two undergraduate minors, the aforementioned doctoral program, and a graduate minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies. Our core faculty includes award-winning scholars with expertise in race, class, gender, and social justice; critical sexuality and cultural studies; transnational, intersectional, and postcolonial feminisms; transgender and queer studies; critical refugee studies, disability studies, and feminist science studies. With over eighty affiliate faculty from a wide range of disciplines, the University of Minnesota boasts extensive expertise across the campus in the critical study of gender and sexuality. Additional information is available through the department website.

Mentorship/Selection for GWSS

The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota is committed to supporting our selected Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow through collective mentoring that is consistent with our commitment to radical feminist pedagogies. While the PPFP system asks each applicant to specify the name of a faculty mentor, our department will appoint an interdisciplinary mentoring committee for the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow once the search has concluded. Please feel free to name potential faculty mentors in your research statement. However, in the online PPFP application portal, please enter Professor Richa Nagar (nagar@umn.edu) as the acting faculty mentor for your application. In the preliminary application process, the acting faculty mentor will generate automated mentor letters of support for all applicants. After reviewing all applications, the search committee will contact the list of applicants who have been selected for the second phase of the search.

The Department of History invites diverse PPFP applicants whose research, teaching, and service builds upon our program’s existing strengths in Africa (especially the possibility of expanding our coverage into the Horn of Africa) or East Asia (especially China). 

We welcome applicants who work in all historical periods, but have particular needs in the early modern/premodern period. Preferred thematic research areas include: Race, Ethnicity, Migration, Diasporas; Public History; Empire/Colonialism; Environmental History; and/or Disability and Illness. 

Fellows are not required to teach, but may do so by overload assignment in the second year. At the end of the postdoctoral fellowship period, the fellow will be considered by the Department of History for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position. 

The award-winning faculty in the Department of History are interdisciplinary and multifaceted in their approaches to history, with expertise ranging from the ancient and medieval to the modern and post-modern and an eye to new directions including public history and digital humanities. The Department of History commits itself to fostering a truly democratic education by promoting, through studies, deliberation, and action, values that are central to robust and pluralistic democracy. This commitment includes (1) intersectional diversity: adopting interventions that work toward undoing hierarchies of race, class, gender and bases of exclusion by group or identity; (2) equity: recognizing that a just society must actively combat the inequalities of outcome that result from these hierarchies; and (3) inclusion: creating an environment in which historically under-represented individuals and groups not only subjectively feel part of the department, but are empowered to shape its collective life.

Mentorship/Selection for History 

In your application, please a) specify the Department of History and b) your chosen departmental faculty mentor from among our faculty. Applicants are encouraged to identify one or more faculty mentor(s) in their Research Proposal, but the Department of History has designated Professor David Chang (dchang@umn.edu) as the acting “Faculty Mentor” all applicants should list when they upload their materials to the UC Portal System. In the preliminary application process, the acting “Faculty Mentor” will generate automated mentor letters of support for all applicants. After reviewing all applications, the search committee will contact the list of applicants who have been selected for the second phase of the search. For inquiries related to the PPFP, please contact Department Chair and Professor Sarah C. Chambers at chambers@umn.edu.

The goal of this Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position in the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication is to provide advanced research and training opportunities for journalism studies focused scholars studying contemporary problems in media and democracy, race and news media, non-profit journalism and/or journalism and social media platforms.

This is a 100% research position that is renewable as part of the President’s Postdoctoral Program. The successful candidate will be considered by the Hubbard School for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position for the 2024-2025 academic year.

When applying for the University-wide position, please specify your field and interest when applying to the position in the Hubbard School, with an understanding that the school of journalism and mass communication is particularly interested in fellows who can leverage their specific expertise in concert with other members of the Minnesota Journalism Center, Center for the Study of Political Psychology, or other similar interdisciplinary centers within the College of Liberal Arts.

Applicants will not be expected to teach but may do so by overload assignment after the first term of the fellowship year. Ideal candidates will demonstrate the potential to teach media and democracy-related courses in the School, including but not limited to the topics of diversity and media, media and politics, global communication, or mass media and U.S. society.

The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The School is located in Murphy Hall, a state-of-the-art facility built for cutting-edge teaching and research. With more than 27,000 square feet across five floors, Murphy Hall boasts state-of-the-art multimedia classrooms; a 144-seat multimedia auditorium; a Digital Media Studio; labs for imaging, graphics and communication design; the Digital Information Resource Center/Sevareid Library; the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law; Minnesota Journalism Center; a multimedia conference center; an eye-tracking research lab; and focus group facilities. Founded in 1922, the School is among the foremost journalism schools in the United States supporting three undergraduate B.A. programs; a professional M.A. program in strategic communication; and a master’s and doctoral program in mass communication.

Mentorship/Selection for Hubbard

Please a) specify the Hubbard School and b) please explore our website and share the names of possible faculty mentors in your Research Proposal. Applicants are encouraged to identify one or more faculty mentor(s) in their submitted materials to form a postdoctoral mentoring committee, but the Hubbard School has designated Associate Director and Professor María Elizabeth Len-Ríos (lenr0001@umn.edu) as the acting “Faculty Mentor” all applicants should list when they upload their materials to the UC Portal System. In the preliminary application process, the acting “Faculty Mentor” will generate automated mentor letters of support for all applicants. After reviewing all applications, the search committee will contact the list of applicants who have been selected for the second phase of the search. Email your questions regarding the specific Hubbard School program opportunity to Associate Director and Professor María Elizabeth Len-Ríos at lenr0001@umn.edu

Learn More and Apply by Nov. 30

 

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