UIC Bridge to the Faculty Scholars Program - Post-Doctoral Scholar

Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Dec 08, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The UIC Department of Special Education, through the UIC Bridge to the Faculty Scholars Program, seeks to hire an exceptional post-doctoral scholar whose work focuses on Mathematics and/or Science instruction for students with disabilities in inclusive settings. We are interested in a scholar whose research examines how to transform the general education curriculum so that all students experience meaningful participation. The ideal candidate’s research will also foreground culturally sustaining math/science instruction for students with disabilities.

The individual will contribute to a growing research signature within the department focused on urban special education. The department is committed to research and teaching that promotes the improvement of access to quality educational experiences and increasing academic outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and particularly those from Black, Latinx, and Indigenous backgrounds.

The Bridge to the Faculty Scholars Program is a University-level initiative that seeks to advance diversity on the permanent faculty level by encouraging the recruitment, retention, and promotion of outstanding scholars from different backgrounds. This particular position has an emphasis on attracting individuals from groups who have been historically under-represented in special education and in mathematics and science.


The position is a two-year post-doctoral fellowship within the Department of Special Education. Successful postdocs in the Bridge to the Faculty program, with department approval, will have the opportunity to transition to Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position at UIC starting in the 2023-2024 academic year. Selected scholars will be a part of the second cohort of 20 Bridge to the Faculty Scholars. In addition to mentorship within the Department of Special Education, fellows will participate in a cohort-based mentoring experience through the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity.


The primary expectation for the post-doctoral scholars will be to begin a program of research. This includes:

(a) prepare and submit manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, beginning with research coming from their dissertation or other recent scholarly work,


(b) present their research at national and local conferences in order to network and get writing and research vetted and ready for next steps,


(c) identify and seek internal funding and collaborate with colleagues on extramural grant proposals to support their research.


(d) teach two classes during the fellowship (2 years) in their topic of specialty.


The post-doctoral scholar will have access to institutional and departmental initiatives specifically designed to support the development of a successful assistant professor. This unique post-doctoral opportunity provides a structured opportunity to be mentored while building a successful teaching portfolio and a program of research with access to individualized supports for academic productivity.

Qualifications: An earned Ph.D. in Special Education or related field by August 14, 2021. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise/background in culturally responsive/sustaining pedagogies. Highly qualified candidates will have a record of (or demonstrated potential for) academic publication, experience working on grant-funded projects and a commitment to obtaining external funding for research, and some experience (or demonstrated potential for) teaching at university level.

For full consideration, interested candidates should submit the following by January 31, 2021 to https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=139521:

  • A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the position, research agenda, and academic accomplishments;

2-  Two publications that reflect the applicant’s scholarship; 
3-  Three professional references;
4-  Applicants' CV;
5-  Equity and Diversity statement detailing how the applicants teaching,    service, and/or scholarship focuses on students from underserved communities.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.

The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=141189