Institute for Racial Justice, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Justice, Non-Tenure Track

Employer
Loyola University Chicago
Location
Illinois, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 22, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Other Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Level
Fellowship
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Details

Position Details

Job Title Institute for Racial Justice, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Justice, Non-Tenure Track Position Title Institute for Racial Justice, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Justice, Non-Tenure Track Position Number Job Category University Faculty Job Type Full-Time FLSA Status Exempt Campus Chicago-Water Tower Campus Location Code INSTITUTE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE Department Name INSTITUTE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE Is this split and/or fully grant funded? No Duties and Responsibilities
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in fields including environmental studies, communications, history, urban studies, sociology, data science, behavioral economics, political science, or other related fields
  • Quantitative research expertise
  • Understandings of critical theories
  • Project management skills
  • Community organizations, organizing, or leadership experience
  • Proficiency in a multitude of qualitative and quantitative software, including PowerBI or Tableau and ArcGIS
  • The ability to translate technical results into accessible language
  • Synthesize technical results into actionable policy and procedural recommendations
Qualifications
The Institute for Racial Justice ( IRJ ) at Loyola University Chicago invites applications for one (1) two-year IRJ Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Justice. This fellowship supports scholars from a broad range of fields and skillsets who center race and ethnicity to pursue environmental justice in marginalized communities. IRJ fellowships aim to advance the careers of new scholars by providing opportunities to research, give and receive mentoring, and build community across disciplines. Fellows will have a primary appointment in IRJ with the opportunity to secure courtesy appointments in other departments, centers, and institutes at Loyola University Chicago. Strong applicants will demonstrate evidence of scholarly potential for collaborative, interdisciplinary research activities with the potential to advance policies leading to environmental justice in marginalized communities. Scholarship that contributes to understanding differences and similarities in systemic forms of anti-Asian, anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, anti-Latinx racism is of particular interest.

IRJ has strategic community partnerships throughout the greater Chicagoland area. We believe in long-term relationships that allow IRJ scholars to better understand community needs and the responsibility to use our skills for the greater good. We also believe that scholars have much to learn from community members and approach our partnerships with a palpable degree of humility. Strong applications will demonstrate evidence of scholarly promise for intersectional, interdisciplinary scholarly activities that deepen understandings of the various structural forms of anti-Asian, anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, and anti-Latinx racism. Applications should also convey a willingness to balance one’s personal research agenda with collaborative community-university efforts to convert scholarly understandings into practical policy and practice solutions.

Overview
This position is one of three IRJ postdoctoral fellowship cluster hires, with the theme for this cohort being economic, educational, and environmental justice. This initiative aims to build pathways for generations of scholars to advance intersectional, interdisciplinary research that centers on racial justice and drives structural change. We aim to support scholars and equip them with the skills and networks to conduct change-making research, create transformational educational experiences, and build translational community partnerships. The postdoctoral fellows and faculty mentors will coordinate efforts across campus and in the greater Chicagoland area.

This postdoctoral fellow will primarily work to lead and support Project STEM Outreach to Under-represented Leaders ( SOUL ), a collaborative team of IRJ faculty and affiliates, and MAPSCorps (Meaningful, Active, Productive Science in Service to Communities), a not-for-profit organization in Chicago. Through this partnership, postdoctoral fellows will engage students in pre-high school through graduate school interested in using science, technology, engineering,
and math ( STEM ) to explore solutions to complex community problems that include, but are not limited to, environmental racism. This project requires innovation skills and nimbleness to convert justice and equity from concepts to measurable activities, leading to community improvement plans and policy changes. Strong candidates will have excellent research and writing skills and the ability to make technical results accessible to various audiences, including policymakers, educators, and community stakeholders.

All IRJ postdoctoral fellows are expected to pursue research activities associated with their primary area of scholarly interests, as demonstrated by conference presentations, grant proposal submissions, and published works. No course teaching is required but is available. The primary affiliation will be with IRJ, with opportunities for courtesy appointments in schools and centers across the university. As part of the IRJ community, Postdoctoral Fellows will actively participate in the intellectual life of IRJ, which includes, but is not limited to, leading, and participating in professional development activities, conceptually contributing to interdisciplinary projects co-designed with IRJ staff, faculty affiliates, community partners in the greater Chicagoland area. With the support of a Loyola University Chicago faculty mentor of their choosing, postdoctoral fellows will also manage at least one small research team. Physical Demands None Working Conditions None Minimum Education and/or Work Experience
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in fields including environmental studies, communications, history, urban studies, sociology, data science, behavioral economics, political science, or other related fields
  • Quantitative research expertise
  • Understandings of critical theories
  • Project management skills
  • Community organizations, organizing, or leadership experience
  • Proficiency in a multitude of qualitative and quantitative software, including PowerBI or Tableau and ArcGIS
  • The ability to translate technical results into accessible language
  • Synthesize technical results into actionable policy and procedural recommendations
Open Date 02/22/2022 Close Date Special Instructions to Applicants
Compensation
The expected start date is negotiable but preferably July 2022 at a 12-month annual salary of $70,000 and benefits for two years, with the possibility of extension dependent upon performance and availability of funds. The postdoctoral fellow will also access funds for research supplies, travel, publications, and professional development.

Eligibility
We invite applications from qualified candidates at the beginning of their academic careers but who do not hold tenure-track academic positions. Candidates who do not hold a doctorate but expect to by June 30, 2022, must provide a letter from their dissertation committee’s chair confirming the proposed completion timeline. All applicants must file their dissertations no later than June 30, 2022. This position is not restricted to US citizens or resident aliens. Non-US citizens are welcome to apply. Scholars from populations underrepresented in the academy are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application materials
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement
  • Two writing samples
  • Three reference contacts (to be contacted by IRJ staff)
  • Teaching philosophy (optional)
About the Institute for Racial Justice
Loyola University Chicago, through the Institute for Racial Justice, commits our collective intellectual, curricular, and pedagogical resources to deeply learn and expose the truth about racism and its origins, to dismantle systemic inequities, to formulate innovative solutions to injustice, and to create a society where racism is rooted out and inclusive ecosystems built in its place. We commit to graduating future leaders who understand the “other” as a fellow traveler made in the image and likeness of God and possessing equal dignity and infinite worth.

IRJ acts as the interdisciplinary hub for Loyola University Chicago scholars and strategic partners to build deep relationships, accelerate transformational research and education, and create a collective impact toward racial justice and equity. Our work seeks to advance actionable solutions that meet the needs of Asian, Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Latinx people for the benefit of us all. Quick Link for Posting https://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/19054 Job Number 85TBD Organizational Location PROVOST
Posting Details

Posting Detail

Number of Vacancies 1 Desired Start Date 07/01/2022 Position End Date Open Until Filled Yes Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement
  4. Writing Sample
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
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