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.

Field(s):
Applications are being accepted in the following department within the School of Communication:

– Communication Studies
The highly interdisciplinary Department of Communication Studies is enthusiastic about early career scholars whose work contributes to our strength in communication design for social justice. The work of our current faculty enables and creates communication interventions and technologies with the potential for transformative outcomes on a broad range of issues concerning social justice, from responsible computing, remedying health disparities, innovating in science and medicine, building networks for social impact, designing ethical and inclusive public policies, and promoting public participation in democracies and social movements. We invite scholars whose work advances our mission from a humanistic, social science, and/or computational perspective to apply.

Preferred Start Date: September 1, 2023

Eligibility:

    • Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree or terminal in their field within the past five (5) academic years and no later than September 1, 2023.*
    • 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

Application:
Applications will only be accepted via our online 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)
  6. Three (3) contacts for letters of recommendation, including the applicant’s dissertation or thesis advisor

Email your questions regarding the program to mancoshpostdoc@northwestern.edu.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by the deadline, but review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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 99 tenure-track faculty. The school offers instruction to roughly 1000 undergraduate majors and 650 graduate and professional students. Founded over 144 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 and law 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.

Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

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.

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