Race, Inequality, Social Change and Policy Post Doctoral Fellow

Race, Inequality, Social Change and Policy Post Doctoral Fellow

Job Description

The IRISE postdoctoral fellowship will partner across campus to engage research and activities dedicated to justice for immigrant communities. Among possible research objectives, we would be eager to cultivate collaborative research on any of the following: the conditions faced by immigrant workers in Denver and beyond; social and economic justice for local immigrant and heritage communities; patterns of organizing and political resistance among immigrant communities, including alliances across communities of color and working classes; study of immigrant literacy practices and relationships of immigrant communities to education. In addition to post-dissertation research support, the fellow will have the opportunity to work with mentors toward providing continued scholarly collaboration, interact with the faculty and graduate students in each of the sponsoring departments and divisions, and receive clerical and research support sufficient to allow the completion of a major research product during his or her time at DU.

Position Summary

The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In) Equality or IRISE is seeking a two-year postdoctoral research fellow beginning September 1, 2016. We are seeking candidates who are capable of interdisciplinary study of migration, immigration detention, organizing and activism among immigrant communities, and social and economic justice for immigrant communities. The fellow will also be expected to engage actively with the university and broader community on immigrant rights issues. The fellow will be housed in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies Latin America Center, with co-supervision and mentorship by faculty from departments appropriate to the disciplinary interest of candidates. Candidates should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. We do not expect the candidate to have experience in all areas of the fellowship, as training will be provided by the mentors. In addition, because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of immigrant justice, we especially encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups. The appointment term is September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2018; however, the initial term may be renewed for an additional year.

Essential Functions

Engage in independent research, scholarship, or creative work under the guidance of departmental faculty members.

Teach one course in specialty the first year and two courses in specialty the second year.

Attend and contribute to a weekly seminar and support other initiatives of the IRISE, such as promotion of conferences and symposia.

Coordinate a seminar series on issues of immigration, culminating in a workshop of invited contributors to gather an interdisciplinary edited journal volume or book on issues facing immigrants, in addition to individual scholarly outputs.

Serve as editor along with one or more of the mentors for the output.

Engage in other outputs, depending on the disciplinary and career objectives, which might include a multimedia module on immigration and immigrant rights, targeted to graduate students and undergrads, in collaboration with the mentorship of the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies.

Engage literacy work with immigrant and non-native English-speaking communities on campus and in Denver, the reproduction of immigration narratives with undergraduate students, and research on community partnerships related to the clinical work of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Teach one advanced undergraduate course in year one and two courses, including an interdisciplinary graduate class, in year two.

Organize a seminar series for the DU campus as part of the IRISE and Korbel Latin America Center lecture series.

Participate in campus-wide forums exploring questions of compositional diversity and inclusive excellence at DU and the broader academy.

Present research findings to interdisciplinary academic audiences and community partners.

Required Qualifications

PhD in Political Science, International Studies, Economics, Social Work, Sociology, Media Studies, Journalism, Psychology, Theology, Languages, Rhetoric, or related field.
Applicants must have completed all requirements for their terminal degree by June 30, 2016.

Preferred Qualifications

Interest in understanding inequality and political resistance by immigrant communities.
Strong methodological training and indication of plans for publication in the related field.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, some weekends.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through https://dujobs.silkroad.com to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position please contact Aaron Schneider (aaron.schneider@ du.edu).

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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