Augustana College — Diversity Fellow Program, 10-month Fellowship

Diversity Fellow Program – Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for the Diversity Fellows Program. The program provides support for a PhD candidate or recent PhD graduate from an underrepresented group (African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, and Chicano/Latino) to engage in teaching and research in a liberal arts college environment.

Augustana College is a selective liberal arts college of 2,500 students, including 29% first generation college students, 23% Pell Grant students, 21% students of color, and 9% international students. Our beautifully wooded and largely residential campus is located in Rock Island, Illinois, a diverse Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities metropolitan area along the Mississippi River with 400,000 residents about three hours west of Chicago and 45 minutes east of Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa. Strengthening our diverse and inclusive community is central to the college’s mission and strategic plan, and advances a college-wide student learning outcome of intercultural competence that is infused throughout the curriculum. We seek applicants with an interest in fostering rigorous, inclusive, and high-impact learning environments for a diverse student body.

10-Month Diversity Fellowship: Augustana College’s 10-month diversity fellowship aims to increase the diversity of its faculty and of liberal arts colleges generally. Through its fellowship program, the college introduces new teacher-scholars to faculty life at a liberal arts college. Typically we accept applications from graduate students who will use the year to complete their dissertation or those within two years of completing their Ph.D. who will use the year to focus on honing teaching skills and advancing their scholarly agenda. Total compensation for diversity fellows is $40,000 (to be split between research support and salary, at the discretion of the fellow); the fellowship also comes with health benefits. The fellow will teach a total of three courses over the year, preferably, 1 fall semester course, 1 intensive J-term course, and 1 spring semester course. The fellow is required to participate in the life of the college and department and to interact with students beyond the classroom. The college also offers a New Faculty Orientation and year-long Faculty Mentoring Circle program to help new faculty acclimate to the college and develop in the areas of pedagogy and student learning. The 10-month diversity fellowship begins in August 2019.

Area of expertise is open; however, candidates must be able to teach in one of the college’s six divisions: Division of Fine and Performing Arts (Art, Art History, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Music, Theatre Arts); Division of Language and Literature (Classics, English, World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures); Natural Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy); Division of History, Philosophy and Religion (History, Philosophy, and Religion); Business and Education (Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Education, Physical Education); Social Science (Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare) and/or in one of our interdisciplinary programs: Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Neuroscience, Public Health, Women’s and Gender Studies.

Requirements for the fellowship: Candidates should email a letter of application addressing their likely contribution to Augustana’s goal of strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as the courses they potentially could offer, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (copies), statement of teaching philosophy, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation (including contact info) to sherrydocherty@augustana.edu using subject line: Search #106-19 Diversity Fellow. Alternatively, application materials can be mailed to: Search #106-19 Diversity Fellow, c/o Jessica Schultz, Associate Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 – 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. Questions may be directed to jessicaschultz@augustana.edu. Final approval of position is pending funding. Review of applications will begin January 8, 2019.

Augustana College is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds. We do not discriminate based on age, race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or creed and strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position. Details about Augustana, our expectation of the faculty, the selection process, and the Quad Cities are all available at the Faculty search website http://www.augustanafaculty.org/. Our strategic plan, Augustana 2020, articulates our commitment to strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion across campus, and it can be found at www.augustana.edu/strategicplan.

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