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Presidential Pathways Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)
Postdoc & Early Career

Inclusive VT Faculty Diversity Initiative- Presidential Pathways Teaching Fellows : The Office for Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Tech invites applications for one-year (potentially renewable up to one additional year) postdoctoral teaching fellow positions (up to 3).

The successful candidate will teach two courses per semester addressing the Critical Analysis of Equity and Identity in the United States requirement of the Pathways General Education curriculum, in departments reflective of the candidate?s training and expertise, and will work with those departments to develop and/or revise relevant courses and curricula. While social science and humanities departments are central to meeting this requirement, other departments are exploring opportunities to offer courses relevant to this area as well. Candidates outside of the social sciences and humanities with relevant expertise will therefore be considered.

The requirement includes courses exploring the ways social identities related to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, class, disability status, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, economic status, age, and other socially salient categories and statuses, influence the human condition and experience, with focus on the United States in particular or in comparative perspective. Courses will help students gain self-awareness of how they are situated relative to those around them based on social identities, and should confer foundational knowledge of the interactive dynamics of social identities, power and inequity. Perspectives stressing the interaction of social location and identities, such as intersectionality, or addressing inequality, place, and space, are especially desirable.

Compensation will be commensurate with salaries typical for postdoctoral fellows in the candidates? field(s). Health insurance benefits will be included. Based upon departmental interest and the availability of faculty lines, some fellows may be considered for transition to employment as tenure track or collegiate faculty upon the conclusion of the fellowship period.

Candidates from groups underrepresented in the academy are especially encouraged to apply. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information about Virginia Tech, please visit

Required qualifications:

Terminal degree completed prior to August 2018

Expertise appropriate to offering courses addressing issues of diversity and equity in the United States

Preferred qualifications:

Experience teaching courses related to diversity issues

Experience engaging diverse communities and/or mentoring underrepresented students

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter describing interest in the position, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of 3 professional references, teaching statement discussing teaching experience and a diversity philosophy statement addressing experience with, or interest in, efforts to enhance diversity. Three letters of reference will be requested after the first round of screening.

Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Program Dates: 8/1/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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Academic Disciplines:
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

Equity and Gender

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