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Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Policy

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Colby College is searching for a postdoctoral fellow in public policy to start September 1, 2024.

During their two-year appointment, the fellow will closely mentor approximately ten advanced students each semester from across campus who wish to undertake an in-depth, real-world policy evaluation project for independent study credit. With support from faculty and staff, the fellow will serve as a liaison between the students and community partner organizations. The fellow will also help lead workshops to teach practical policy analysis skills such as memo writing, consulting with stakeholders, and data visualization. In the second year of their appointment, the fellow will teach one policy-related course in addition to their other responsibilities.

These assignments will provide early career scholars a chance to hone their teaching in a selective liberal arts college environment. The position also offers the unique opportunity to strengthen skills related to collaborative policy making, stakeholder engagement, and legislative and public affairs management. Fellows will be expected to pursue an active research and publishing agenda and will receive mentoring from senior faculty. The fellow will have the opportunity to take part in a new public policy colloquium series and interact with faculty and staff doing policy-relevant research and teaching in environmental studies, government, economics, education, and other fields, and through Colby’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs.


Although this position will be housed in the Department of Sociology, we are seeking candidates from public policy or closely related fields. Policy work experience outside of graduate school is required. Areas of policy specialization are open. Candidates may be A.B.D. but a Ph.D. must be in hand prior to September 1, 2024.

Application Instructions

A complete application must include: a curriculum vitae; letter of application that explains the candidate’s research, their approach to teaching and teaching inclusively as well as examples of practical policy experience in the public or private sector; representative samples of scholarship; three confidential letters of recommendation; and the names and contact information for one or two references who can speak to the candidate’s performance in policy work outside of graduate school.

Please submit all of these materials via Interfolio. Review of applications will begin April 29, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Professor Neil Gross:

Application Process
This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, political beliefs, veteran or military status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, physical or mental disability unrelated to the job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law.


Colby College

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th oldest liberal arts college in the United States.

Distinctive in its offerings, Colby provides an intimate, undergraduate-focused learning environment with a breadth of programs presenting students and faculty with unparalleled opportunities. A vibrant and fully integrated academic, residential, and cocurricular experience is sustained by a diverse and supportive community. Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby is a global institution with students representing nearly every U.S. state and approximately 70 countries.

Colby’s model provides the scale and impact of larger universities coupled with intensive learning in a community committed to scholarship and discovery, multidisciplinary approaches to integrated learning, study in the liberal arts, and leading-edge programs addressing the world’s most complex challenges. Its network of partnerships with prestigious cultural, research, medical, and business institutions extends educational and scholarly collaborations, providing students with unmatched experiences leading to postgraduate success.

The College’s wide variety of programs and labs provides students and the community access to unique experiences: the Colby College Museum of Art, the finest college art museum in the country, and the Lunder Institute for American Art have made the College a nationally and internationally recognized center for art scholarship; DavisConnects prepares students for lifelong success by combining a forward-thinking liberal arts education with extensive internship, research, and global opportunities for all students regardless of their personal networks and financial circumstances; and the 350,000-square-foot Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, is the most advanced and comprehensive NCAA D-III facility in the country. In fall 2021, Colby opened the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the first such institute at a liberal arts college. Colby’s new Island Campus, consisting of Allen and Benner islands, gives Colby a significant presence on the coast of Maine for a wide range of academic programs and activities and undisturbed environments ideal for conducting interdisciplinary experiences.

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