Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions - Washington University in St. Louis

Missouri, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 22, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Washington University in St. Louis seeks to fill a two-year post-doctoral appointment to begin in the 2021-2022 academic year in the field of queer studies. We are particularly interested in scholars who focus on queer of color critique.

The responsibilities of this appointment include teaching one course per semester, participating in the scholarly community, and pursuing an active program of research.

Applications should be addressed to Rebecca Wanzo and submitted through Interfolio, Applicants should send a letter of interest describing their scholarly qualifications and research goals for the postdoctoral period; current curriculum vitae; a published article or dissertation chapter; and three (3) letters of recommendation.


Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University Prison Education Project

The Prison Education Project (PEP) at Washington University (WU) in St. Louis invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship to support the expansion of education and programming to one of Missouri’s women’s prisons, the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, Missouri, about one-hundred miles from St. Louis. PEP is a liberal arts degree program available to incarcerated students and prison staff at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC) in Pacific, MO. PEP aims to bring WU’s intellectual rigor and educational standards to help qualifying incarcerated students earn college degrees and realize successful reentry into the community.

This expansion is made possible by The Future of Higher Learning in Prison Mellon grant. This grant includes the development of a learning management system (LMS) that will not only provide a robust educational platform for the existing PEP program at MECC, but also offer the opportunity to expand educational offerings at the more distant women’s prison.



Works with the warden at WERDCC and various officials at the Missouri Department of Corrections in order to establish the new program. 

Collaborates closely with PEP Director and Program Coordinator and other relevant PEP personnel.

Ensures the availability of classroom space at WERDCC and regular access to it. 

Develops relationships with the Institutional Activities Coordinator, the Director of Education at WERDCC, and/or other relevant personnel at the prison.

Offers outreach programs to the residents at WERDCC while the program  is being established. This could include college preparatory workshops, reading groups, and other educational activities.

Plans and coordinates student admissions at WERDCC.

Collaborates closely with PEP Director and Program Coordinator to implement volunteer orientations/trainings for faculty, tutors, and/or academic advisors. 

Designs outreach program to increase awareness of the staff educational opportunities offered by PEP.

Provides oversight of the implementation of the new LMS and other technology planned for WERDCC.

Willingness to take all necessary steps to become a “Volunteer in Corrections,” which includes an application, drug testing, and training, all administered by the DOC. 

Willingness to regularly drive to WERDCC, with additional trips to Jefferson City, as needed. 

Teach one class per year as soon as the program is established. 


This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week and is funded for two years. Intended starting date is July 1, 2021; the position will run for the 2021-2022 academic years, ending on June 30, 2023. Subject to Covid-19 restrictions and potential visa requirements.

Must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel to the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, Missouri, about one-hundred miles from St. Louis and to the Department of Corrections Offices in Jefferson City, as needed. 

Ph.D. in the Humanities, field open. Some training or course work in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and previous experience working with justice-impacted individuals preferred.

Applications should be addressed to Barbara Baumgartner and submitted through Interfolio: Applicants should send a letter describing their interest in the position, including any experience working with prison education programs; current curriculum vitae; and two (2) letters of recommendation.

Priority will be given to those who apply by May 15, 2021. Applicants will be considered until the position is filled. Inquires may be made by email and addressed to Barbara Baumgartner at

Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and have received the doctorate after July 1, 2016 and before July 1, 2021. The committee will review applications until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by May 21, 2021.

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