University of Chicago - Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow Appointments

December 2016

The Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicagoin coordination with the Office of the Provost, invites applications for one or more Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow position(s) from junior scholars who engage issues of race and/or ethnicity within established social sciences disciplines or emergent disciplines such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, American Studies, Latina/o Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Native American Studies, Human Rights, or Justice Studies. This search is division-wide. Successful candidates will be appointed in one of the following departments: Anthropology, Economics, History, Comparative Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. A goal of the search is to increase the diversity of scholars and scholarship in the Division of Social Sciences, and we therefore welcome applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in the disciplines noted above, such as black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native. 


Successful candidates will be appointed as Provost's Fellows with an initial two-year faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor. This initial period is intended to serve in lieu of a postdoctoral appointment for the same period, during which Provost's Fellow will engage in mentored research, pursue advanced training, participate in quarterly professional development programs, teach one class per year, and more, as detailed on the website Instructors will be reviewed for promotion to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the end of their initial term. 


Appointments may begin as early as July 1, 2017. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. prior to the start date, and they must be no more than three years beyond receiving that degree by the start of the appointment. Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed; early submission is encouraged. Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website,


Applications must include: 1) a cover letter that describes the applicant's prior and potential contributions to diversity in the context of academic research, teaching, and service; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement that addresses current research, future plans for research, teaching experience and philosophy, and planned contributions to intellectual life at the University; 4) one sample of scholarly writing (a published article or unpublished paper or chapter); and 5) three letters of reference. 


The Division of Social Sciences is concurrently searching at the rank of Assistant Professor for scholar(s) who engage issues of race and/or ethnicity in the social sciences(Requisition # 03167); applicants are welcome to apply for both positions, if desired.

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