Miami University — Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellows / Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor

Academic Affairs: Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellows/Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor

The Wilkins Fellows program is named after Professor Emeritus Heanon Wilkins, Miami University’s first full-time African-American faculty member. A distinguished professor of Spanish, Portuguese, and Black World Studies, Professor Wilkins received Miami’s highest honors in teaching, research, and service, and we honor him with the Wilkins Fellows program. The Wilkins Fellows program is designed to provide those with a strong interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member with dedicated mentoring and intentional preparation for a career in higher education. Our hope is that a significant number of Fellows will choose to apply for positions at Miami and join our ranks of exceptional and dedicated faculty.

Each academic year, we call for Fellows that align with anticipated areas of need. The opportunities for Heanon Wilkins Fellows will vary based on the needs of the academic departments. We encourage applications from all areas with particular interest in faculty with expertise in the following areas:  

  • African American History
  • Public Law or Race & Politics/Policy
  • Global and Intercultural Studies: International Studies; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • French Second-Language Acquisition
  • Sociology & Social Justice
  • Engineering (all disciplines welcome)
  • Computer Science (all sub-disciplines welcome)
  • Farmer School of Business (all disciplines welcome)
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant
  • Public administration

The Fellowship is for one full academic year (9-month faculty appointment) with the possibility of reappointment to support longer-term research initiatives and projects. Heanon Wilkins Fellows have reduced teaching responsibilities in order to foster a vibrant research program, receive mentoring and career development support, and the opportunity to engage with highly accomplished teacher-scholar faculty colleagues and exceptionally strong students. The Fellows program is designed to prepare individuals to be highly competitive in future faculty searches, especially those we anticipate at Miami University. Thus, there is a strong potential for Fellows to be competitive for both tenure track and/or teaching/clinical professor or lecturer (TCPL) positions, although this is not guaranteed.

Requirements: Miami University welcomes early-career candidates who have completed (or anticipate completing) their doctorate or terminal degree not more than four years prior to the August 2021 appointment date.

This position is available to persons who are currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time and indefinite basis. (Persons authorized to work on such a basis include US citizens, lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders), asylees, refugees, and temporary residents under IRCA.)

Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement of proposed research (one to five pages) indicating area or discipline, statement of teaching philosophy, and sample scholarship to https://jobs.miamioh.edu/cw/en-us/job/497202/heanon-wilkins-faculty-fellowsvisiting-assistant-professor-or-instructor. Letters of recommendation will be requested from the references listed in the application; the dissertation advisor should be one of those references. Inquiries about the position can be directed to Dana Cox at coxdc4@miamioh.edu. Screening of applications begins March 5, 2021 and continues until May 1, 2021; decisions are typically made by the end of June.

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to ADAFacultyStaff@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-3560.

As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at: http://www.MiamiOH.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/index.html, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223. A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free.

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