University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in History
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|Location:||North Carolina, United States|
University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in History
To support the development of a more diverse professoriate, the Department of History at the University of North Carolina Asheville invites applications for the new University Fellowship for Faculty Diversity (University Fellows) Program, to begin Fall 2022. The program invites pre-doctoral and post-doctoral candidates seeking a faculty position at a liberal arts institution that takes equal pride in the excellence of its faculty’s teaching and the quality of its faculty’s scholarship and creative production.
Applicants must have recently earned a Ph.D. in History or be a Ph.D. candidate nearing the completion of their degree (ABD). The University Fellow will teach undergraduate courses in19th century African American History with special emphasis on The Civil War and Southern Appalachian History. The department particularly welcomes candidates who can teach African American History to 1865, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Appalachian History, African American Women’s History, and Enslavement in the United States. We encourage candidates who are interested in connecting with work being done by history department faculty and UNCA staff to strengthen the relationship between the University and the larger Asheville community.
The successful candidate will have a lightened teaching load, extensive mentorship, and support for the development of their pedagogy and scholarship. The term of appointment is 2 (post doc) to 3 (pre doc) years. Following this term, the University Fellow may be offered a tenure-track position in the Department. Additional information about the University Fellowship program may be found at this link: https://academicaffairs.unca.edu/faculty-openings/university-fellowship-for-faculty-diversity/
Applicants should submit the following electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu :
● Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position, why you are a fit for our institution, a description of your scholarly interests, and the ways in which you engage or contribute to the evolution of your discipline.
● Curriculum Vitae
● Teaching Philosophy: 1-2 pages describing your approach to teaching undergraduates at a liberal arts university.
● Diversity Statement: 1-2 pages describing: (a) your experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and (c) your understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university.
● References: Names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately; these references should address your written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program.
Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries
should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Sarah Judson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
University Fellows Program Mission
UNC Asheville is among the nation’s best public liberal arts & sciences colleges and the only designated
liberal arts institution in the North Carolina university system. We are the founders of the National
Conference on Undergraduate Research and our students and faculty helped to design, fabricate, and
install the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square, collaborating side by side with a
recent McArthur genius award winner. We offer an extraordinary liberal arts education at an incredibly
affordable rate (tuition is under $7500 per year for in-state students), all in the beautiful mountain town
of Asheville, NC.
Our excellence is first and foremost a product of a faculty deeply committed to both teaching and
scholarship in their discipline. That excellence also demands that our curriculum, co-curricular activities,
and entire community welcome, reflect, and celebrate a diversity of perspectives, lived experiences, and
identities. Currently, our required core curriculum includes diversity intensive courses and we offer
living learning communities specifically designed for students of color.
But we have prioritized doing more. Just this fall, we released a Racial Justice Roadmap that will serve as
a guide to the work in which we will be engaging to become an even more inclusive campus. That Racial
Justice Roadmap includes initiatives that span student affairs, admissions and financial aid, and critically
important, academic affairs.
In particular, to support the development of a more excellent and diverse professoriate at UNC
Asheville, we are launching the University Fellowship for Faculty Diversity (University Fellows) Program.
The program invites pre-doctoral and post-doctoral candidates specifically considering careers at a
liberal arts institution which takes equal pride in the excellence of its faculty’s teaching and the quality
of its faculty’s scholarship and creative production. UNC Asheville is looking for candidates who are able
to help us advance one of our most important strategic objectives--to develop, maintain, and support a
faculty whose diversity more closely represents the demographics of the nation and the state of NC,
particularly with respect to race, with special attention to domestic underrepresentation of minorities in
University Fellows Program Details
Faculty at the University of North Carolina Asheville ordinarily teach 24 credit hours per year. University
Fellows will have a lightened teaching load, receive extensive mentorship, and receive support for the
development of their pedagogy and disciplinary work.
In particular, University Fellows should expect to teach as few as three courses in their first year and will
receive funds for professional development and research and/or creative production (to be arranged at
the time of being awarded the fellowship). Salaries for pre-doctoral fellows before earning their degree
will be commensurate with lecturers in the discipline; salaries for fellows who have earned their degree
will be commensurate with visiting assistant professors.
By early fall of a University Fellow’s final year, it will be determined whether a tenure track offer will be
made to the faculty member. In the event that an offer is not made or the tenure track position is not
one that the fellow would like to accept, we will support the Fellow in the best ways possible in applying
for a tenure track position elsewhere.
A few other details about each fellowship (pre-doctoral vs. post-doctoral) are summarized below:
- Three year term
- Course Release:
- Teach 12 credit hours over the first year (12 credit hours of release over the first year, not all to be taken in one semester).
- Four to six credit hours of release over the next two years.
- Expectation is to complete the terminal degree by the end of year one. There may be opportunities that warrant consideration of completion beyond the first year, but these will be considered on a case by case basis.
- Salary increase, subject to budget and System Office constraints, will take place the year subsequent to completion of the degree.
- Two or Three year term
- Course Release:
- Teach 36 credit hours (12 credit hours of release, not all to be taken in one semester) over the first two years of the fellowship.
Sarah Judson, Interim Chair, UNCA Department of History
|Primary Category:||History Education
|Secondary Categories:||Black History / Studies