Praxis of Indigenous Knowledges and Collective
Mentorship Postdoctoral Research Scholar –
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 https://thecollege.asu.edu/faculty.
Arizona State University is a leading major public university
committed to inclusion and excellence in research and
- 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
- Applicants should have a related degree or course work in the
field in the Humanities or the humanistic Social Sciences.
- 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
- 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 proposal with sample syllabus for upper 400-level
- 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
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
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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