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Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Understanding Detroit

Wayne State University
Michigan, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 27, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Humanities, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Other Humanities, Philosophy, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology, Political Science & International Relations, Sociology
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Full Time
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The Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University seeks to fill the Understanding Detroit Postdoctoral Fellowship position for the 2022-2023 academic year. This is a three-year position which can transition to a tenure-track position after the second or third year. The successful candidate will show exceptional promise in scholarship or creative activities along with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).


Essential Functions:

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent work on urban themes with the assistance of a mentoring team, as well as support from the Honors College and the Wayne State academic departments that most closely fit their disciplinary specialization. Fellows will participate in the Wayne State Pathway to Faculty Program to ensure a successful transition to a tenure-track position.


In addition to their research, the postdoctoral fellow will assist with projects that enhance teaching in the (Honors 1000: Changing Detroit) and to teach one Foundational Seminar (HON 2000), Field Learning Course (HON 3000), or junior/senior seminar (Honors 42XX) on a topic related to the city of Detroit during each academic year. Scholarly and teaching activities that engage with the community are strongly desirable.


About the University:

With an enrollment of more than 24,000 students, Wayne State is one of the three major research universities in Michigan that make up the Michigan University Research Corridor.  WSU is located in the heart of Detroit's Midtown cultural center; with easy access to the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony, Detroit opera, numerous museums, and professional football, baseball, and hockey venues.   Wayne State is also within two miles of Canadian border crossings to Windsor, Ontario.   For more information, visit



Ph.D. or other terminal degree (such as a J.D. or M.F.A.) is required at the time of appointment. While we recognize that scholarship from many disciplines can illuminate Detroit, we are particularly interested in candidates from the arts, humanities, and social sciences, including history, philosophy, political science, sociology, anthropology, literature, fine arts, and related fields.


Application Procedures:

To apply, please submit electronically the following to posting number 046377 on Wayne State University's ONLINE HIRING SYSTEM at:, a cover letter addressing how your work connects to Detroit and enhances diversity, equity, and inclusion; a CV; contact information for at least three professional references; and any supporting materials.


Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, for fullest consideration; we encourage you to apply by May 20, 2022.  For questions, email

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