The Black Studies Program of Skidmore College, a selective liberal
arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York, invites applications
for two Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, both beginning in
September 2022. These two-year appointments were created in
conjunction with “Africana Studies and the Humanities at Skidmore:
Transnational Explorations in Social Justice,” an institutional
grant supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
We assert that enthusiasm for teaching a diverse population of
students is essential for transformative liberal arts educational
experiences. We welcome candidates from underrepresented groups, as
well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations,
who can contribute to intellectual life at Skidmore. Furthermore,
we assert that individuals who embrace a social justice
trajectory—activism, teaching, and scholarship in pursuit of
fundamental human rights, and a commitment to antiracist,
antisexist, and decolonizing work—will have opportunities to grow
intellectually and build community here. We encourage you to
discuss any aspects of your candidacy relevant to these issues in
your application materials.
Mellon Fellows in Black Studies will be chosen based on their
ability to teach courses in humanistic subfields in need of more
representation and coverage by faculty affiliated with the Black
Studies Program and Skidmore at large. These fields can include,
but are by no means limited to areas such as Afrofuturism and
Afro-pessimism in literary studies, critical digital humanities,
history of the Black Atlantic, and transnational approaches to
Black religious studies .
We seek to hire two individuals
with grounding in Africana Studies, a keen appreciation of
interdisciplinary methodology, and able to contribute to concrete
and long-term curricular change by designing new courses or
revising existing ones. Specifically, the successful candidates
will teach two courses per year—one course per semester during
their first year and in their second year, the option to teach one
course per semester or two courses in a single semester, leaving
one term free of teaching obligations.
A Ph.D. in Africana Studies or a related field with a humanities
emphasis, or Ph.D. in a humanities field with an explicit Africana
Studies emphasis is required.
About the Black Studies Program and the “Africana Studies and
the Humanities at Skidmore: Transnational Explorations in Social
Justice” Mellon Grant:
Black Studies is a recently established interdisciplinary program
at Skidmore that began offering a minor two years ago, as well as
programming such as last year’s “COVID-19 and the Global African
World Virtual Symposium.” The postdoctoral fellowships are but one
component of “Africana Studies and the Humanities at Skidmore,” an
institutional grant funded through the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation’s Humanities for All Times Initiative. The grant seeks
to increase enrollments in humanities courses, but also, to
establish anti-racist inquiry broadly, and Africana Studies methods
and pedagogies specifically, as indispensable to humanistic
inquiry. Above all, the grant seeks to both solidify the
institution’s commitment to social justice through innovative
course creation and teaching, undergraduate research, and
cross-constituent collaboration, as well as establish a supportive,
equity-minded community of individuals who are committed to
Africana Studies and embrace doing this challenging work.
Postdoctoral fellows will be paired with a faculty mentor and are
expected to participate each year in one learning community (of
their choosing) designed to support course development and research
focused on social justice.
Review of applications will begin on Monday, February 21,
Questions can be directed to the search committee chair, Winston
Grady-Willis, at email@example.com
Required documents needed to apply:
- Online Application
- Cover Letter – please include how your teaching, research
and/or service experiences would contribute to the college’s goal
of building a diverse, inclusive, and interdisciplinary educational
environment focused on social justice.
- Teaching Statement
- Curriculum Vitae
- Article-length Writing Sample (published or unpublished)
- List of Three References
Commensurate with experience
This system can support attachments up to 1.9MB. All “required”
documents must be attached through the online application system to
complete the application process. If you have questions please
contact Jim Calhoun, Employment Coordinator in Human Resources, at:
or (518) 580-5802.
The department will interview candidates via Skype and/or Zoom in
early March 2022.
Skidmore College is on a semester calendar and offers a
comprehensive benefits package to employees and their qualified
dependents, including domestic partners and same-sex spouses. In
keeping with Skidmore’s strategic plan to enhance the diversity of
our campus community, we particularly encourage applications from
members of historically underrepresented groups.
In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of
COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members
of the College community from infection, successful candidates will
be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of
employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a
medical condition or sincerely held religious belief or
Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus
community and an equal-opportunity employer. The college therefore
prohibits discrimination against any individual or group of its
students, prospective students, employees or candidates for
employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender,
age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability,
military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information,
predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status,
familial status, dating violence, and stalking or any other
category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.
Domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, need not be based on
an individual’s protected status to be a violation of this
Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable
background check result.
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