Northwestern University — Pathways to the Professoriate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

**Call for Applications**
Pathways to the Professoriate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

As  part  of  a  continuing  commitment  to  build  a  culturally  diverse  intellectual  community and  advancing scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education (including, but not limited to, individuals from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (“BIPOC”), and others), the School of Communication at Northwestern is pleased to  announce the Pathways to the Professoriate Postdoctoral  Fellowship  Program, made  possible  by the  Office  of the  Provost  and SoC through  the  David Mancosh  Pathways  to  the  Professoriate  Postdoctoral  Fellowship  Fund.  The  goal  of  the  program  is  to transition fellows to faculty members after two years.

Applications are being accepted in the following departments within the School of Communication:

–      Communication Studies: Emerging Technologies
To build on the department’s strength in technology and communication, the Department of Communication Studies seeks to hire a scholar in the area of emerging technologies such as Human-Artificial Intelligence (HAI) communication, or human-robot communication. We are interested in individuals who can imagine, examine, and create empirically-grounded alternative futures that influence the design of emerging technologies for social justice.

–      Radio, Television & Film: Screen Cultures
The Department of Radio/TV/Film seeks to recruit a scholar doing innovative work in the study of race and media (including film, television, sound media, and/or digital media). We welcome applicants exploring race and  media  within  national,  transnational,  and/or global  contexts.  Additional  desirable  areas  of  expertise include, but are not limited to, queer or transgender media, media industries, and new media.

–      Theatre: Theatre Design (Lighting or Set)
The  Department  of  Theatre  seeks  a  postgraduate  (MFA  or  equivalent)  fellow  in  Design. The  successful candidate will show strong interest and experience primarily in the area of lighting design, with secondary interest and/or experience in other areas of theatrical design broadly conceived, including, but not limited to, projections and media technology.

Please specify your discipline and department of interest when applying, with an understanding that SoC is particularly interested in fellows who can leverage their specific expertise across one or more communication fields within the School.

Preferred Start Date:  September 1, 2022


  • Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree or terminal degree (e.g., MFA, M.M.) in their field within the past five (5) academic years and no later than September 1, 2022.*
  • The primary criterion for selection is evidence of scholarship and creative work competitive for a potential tenure track appointment in the School of Communication at Northwestern University.
  • An important secondary criterion is the support of the proposed department to host the fellow.
  • Applicants will be expected to teach one (1) academic course in their area of expertise each year of the fellowship program.

*If a selected applicant has held a tenure-track appointment(s) at other institutions prior to joining this program, we will consider this service when determining the length of the applicant’s probationary period (“tenure clock”) upon transition to a tenure-eligible position at Northwestern, following the successful completion of this program.

Award Details:

  • $65,000 per calendar year, plus health benefits
  • $5,000 per year research funds for research expenses, including travel
  • $5,000 in moving expenses
  • Office space and computer
  • Departmental mentoring and workshops
  • Offer of a tenure-track position at the end of the fellowship, subject to satisfactory performance

Applications will  only  be  accepted  via  online  submission  to  our  recruiting  system. For  full  consideration, please be sure to include the following materials in your application:

  1. Cover letter addressed to Mancosh Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A statement of research plans (1-3 pages)
  4. A Contribution to Diversity Statement articulating why you should be selected for this program
  5. Writing samples (e.g., publications, dissertation chapters, no more than 25 pages); Creative scholars should submit a portfolio in lieu of writing sample (e.g., play, screenplay, or a link to a film portfolio)
  6. Three  (3)  contacts  for  letters  of  recommendation, including the applicant’s dissertation or thesis advisor

Email your questions regarding the program to

Closing Date:  December 16, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately.

The School:
The School of Communication has five departments and offers a suite of interdisciplinary undergraduate, professional, and graduate programs. The departments span the communication arts and sciences including the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences  and  Disorders,  the  Department  of  Communication  Studies, the Department  of  Performance Studies, and the Department of Theatre (which includes music theatre and dance). The faculty of over 180 includes 102 tenure-track faculty. The school offers instruction to roughly 1000 undergraduate majors and 650  graduate  and  professional  students.  Founded  over  135  years  ago,  the  School  has  been  a  leader  in developing the communication disciplines and professions, and continues to be a center of excellence in the communication arts and sciences. Our current Dean is E. Patrick Johnson.

The University:
Northwestern University is one of the nation’s largest private research universities. Located on the shore of Lake  Michigan, the  main  campus  is  in  Evanston  and the  medical  campus is  12  miles  south  in  downtown Chicago. There is continuing expansion of University facilities and programs, particularly in the sciences and medicine. Diverse cultural, social, and recreational activities abound on and near each campus.

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and does not discriminate against qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizen­ship status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected class. Individuals from all diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.  For more information, please visit the University’s Policy on Institutional Equity.