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Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
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Apr 15, 2021

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Praxis of Indigenous Knowledges and Collective Mentorship Postdoctoral Research Scholar –

Job #16731


The Center for Imagination in the Borderlands (CIB), in the Humanities Division of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at Arizona State University (ASU), invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar Fellowship as part of the Praxis of Indigenous Knowledge and Collective Mentorship Program. The postdoctoral research scholar will begin Fall 2021 and offers a stipend of $62,000/year. 


ASU is embarking on a four-year project to imagine new structures and forms of Indigenous intellectualism, creativity, and mentorship within the university and in our resounding communities. We seek scholars who are willing to participate in autonomous and collective imaginings which reconsider the presence and practices of Indigenous scholarship, creative freedom, knowledge dissemination, and relational mentorship. We seek to recruit Postdoctoral Research Scholar who have the potential to assume a tenure-track faculty position and who would benefit from a mentored professional development opportunity.   


Postdoctoral Research Scholar will be responsible for creating and teaching one new undergraduate course in each year of their fellowship. Candidates should propose an introductory 100-level course or an advanced 400-level course. These courses should be conceived of as seminars or lecture courses, and should engage a candidate’s intellectual interests as they relate to larger questions of Indigeneity. The ideal course will press and escalate the institution toward a new and different future of Indigenous presence in the institution.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar will also commit to working with a small group of undergraduate and graduate students, offer one public talk per year, engage in regular conversations with other Indigenous artists and scholars, and advance their own scholarship and writing. They will be asked to help advance the efforts of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands.

Preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching focuses on Indigenous scholarship, creativity, or knowledges. We seek those who are willing to think alongside our community to create new ways of thinking about scholarship, teaching, learning and mentorship. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, fiscal-year (July 1-June 30) appointment.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.


Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by viewing Arizona State University is a leading major public university committed to inclusion and excellence in research and education.

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants eligible for the Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 fiscal years include those who have received the Ph.D. degree after September 1, 2017 and no later than July 15, 2021.
  • Applicants who do not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair or department stating that the Ph.D. degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins.
  • International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility.
  • Applicants should have a related degree or course work in the field in the Humanities or the humanistic Social Sciences.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of achievement and promise in research and writing in intellectual history and social thought; a demonstrated ability to teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses relevant to political history via various modes of delivery (ex. classroom, hybrid and online).


This is a paperless search; only electronic materials will be accepted. To apply, please submit electronically to: the following:


  • Cover letter explaining qualifications, accomplishments in research and teaching, and future plans in research and teaching, including date or expected date of Ph.D;
  • Current curriculum vita (CV);
  • Course proposal with sample syllabus for introductory 100-level course;
  • Course proposal with sample syllabus for upper 400-level course;
  • One writing sample (30-page limit);
  • Letter of degree conferral (only for applicants who do not have the Ph.D. in hand by January 15, 2021);
  • We will ask for references only if candidacy advances.

No paper applications, faxes or emails will be accepted.



Initial review of application will begin on May 17, 2021;  if not filled, applications review will continue every week thereafter until search is closed. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at


A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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