Miami University — Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellows

Miami University’s Heanon Wilkins Fellows program recruits annual cohorts of up to ten (10) scholars with a strong interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member, pairing them with dedicated mentoring and intentional preparation for a career in higher education, ideally as a tenure-eligible faculty member at Miami University. 

This program is named after Dr. Heanon Wilkins, Miami University’s first full-time African-American faculty member. A distinguished professor of Spanish, Portuguese, and Black World Studies, Dr. Wilkins is an enduring and inspirational example of Miami’s teacher-scholar faculty, having received Miami’s highest honors in teaching, research, and service. Honoring his impressive legacy, we hope to recruit cohorts of excellent future faculty to Miami through this program.

Each academic year, we publish a call for Fellows applicants whose area(s) of expertise align with areas of expected need in the next two years. While we cannot guarantee tenure eligible positions for all Fellows, Fellows have been successful in securing tenure eligible positions at Miami in the past.

While we encourage applications from scholars from all disciplines, we are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in the following areas:

  • Biological and Physical Sciences (all disciplines and areas welcome)
  • English (African American literature; African American and/or Latino/a/x rhetoric; poetry; or linguistics with a specialty in African American, and/or Latinx discourse and/or dialect.) 
  • Criminology and Social Justice
  • Engineering (all disciplines encouraged)
  • Computer Science (all areas of expertise encouraged)
  • Farmer School of Business (all disciplines encouraged)
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant
  • Arts Management/Administration 
  • Music Education (focus on Choral instruction)
  • Emerging Technology in Business and Design (Game Design, e-sports)
  • Public Health
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • Sports Leadership and Management (Sociocultural Aspects of Sport)

The Fellowship is for a minimum of one full academic year (9-month faculty appointment) with a strong possibility of reappointment. Heanon Wilkins Fellows have reduced teaching responsibilities in order to foster a vibrant research program, engage in mentoring and career development, and the opportunity to engage with highly accomplished teacher-scholar faculty colleagues and Miami’s impressive students. The Fellows program is designed to prepare individuals to be highly competitive in future faculty searches (tenure track or teaching/clinical professor or lecturer (TCPL) positions), especially those we anticipate at Miami University.

Required: Miami University welcomes early-career candidates who have completed their doctorate or terminal degree not more than four years prior to the August 2022 appointment date. Candidate must be authorized to work in the United States on a fulltime and indefinite basis.

Application Instructions: Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of proposed research (one to five pages) indicating area or discipline, statement of teaching philosophy, and sample scholarship, and a one-page diversity statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service to https://jobs.miamioh.edu/cw/en-us/job/499947/heanon-wilkins-faculty-fellowsvisiting-assistant-professor-or-instructor.

Letters of recommendation may be requested from the references listed in the application and do not have to be included at the time of application; the dissertation advisor should be one of those references. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dana Cox at Dana.Cox@miamioh.edu. Screening of applications will begin April 18, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Decisions will be made by the end of May.

Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.

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 sex/gender (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking), race, color, religion, national origin (ancestry), disability, age (40 years or older), sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, status as a parent or foster parent, military status, or veteran status in its recruitment, selection, and employment practices. Requests for all 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) 529-2225.  Criminal background check required.  All campuses are smoke- and tobacco free.

Miami University is committed to providing up-to-date information from the Department of Labor to our applicants for employment. Here, you will find links to the current information regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).

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