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Early Career Cohort Fellowship in Expanding Approaches to American Arts

The University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
$60,000.00 - $65,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 9, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Art History, Design & Graphic Arts, Music, Other Arts, Performing Arts
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The College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin seeks applications for multiple early career cohort fellowships (aka postdoctoral or post-MFA fellowships) to perform independent research and join an exciting academic community and mentorship program housed within its Expanding Approaches to American Arts research cluster.

The Expanding Approaches to American Arts research cluster is designed to bolster the college’s research strength into art and creative practices that are underrepresented in the college’s curricula. Its members apply cross-disciplinary approaches and innovative new methodologies to scholarship and research-based practice in visual, media-based, and performing arts of the United States. We are specifically invested in deepening our engagement with underrepresented archives and repertoires from Indigenous, Afrodiasporic, Mexican American and Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The committee welcomes transnational, hemispheric, circum-Atlantic, and global frameworks and methodologies.

Start date September 2022. Position requires relocation to Austin, TX.


What starts at UT Austin changes the world.

At UT Austin, we are committed to building a vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars. If you are an early career researcher, postdoctoral fellow or graduating PhD or MFA student interested in pursuing an independent academic career, the UT Austin Provost’s Early Career program could be ideal for you.

This training program is designed to allow you to develop and pursue research and teaching topics upon which you can build a future academic career and join a broad community committed to fostering your independent career growth in research, teaching, and scholarship. The program will enable you to build a network of emerging scholars like yourself and benefit from the mentorship of top faculty in your field.

As a Provost’s Early Career Fellow, you will join an energetic community of other incoming fellows training in different departments across the university. In the College of Fine Arts, we have designed a two-year program where you will be mentored in all the different dimensions that make an assistant tenure-track professor successful, as you pursue your independent research activity that fits within the scope of the Expanding Approaches to American Arts research cluster described above.

During year 1, you will be assigned a faculty mentor, participate in collaborative academic activities of the research cluster, attend a professionalization workshop series, and participate in the academic community and culture of one of the departments of the college. During year 2, you will develop and teach at least one course, continue the professionalization workshop series, and have the opportunity to create and attend lectures and other networking and mentorship opportunities with similar scholars beyond the university. Throughout the duration of the program, you will also participate in university-wide training provided by the Provost’s Office to further develop the skills to build a unique research and teaching portfolio. In the final year of the fellowship program, fellows will be invited to apply to an open tenure-track assistant professor position.

The funding package that Fellows receive include a two-year postdoctoral or post-MFA fellowship appointment with a $65,000 annual salary and $3,000 travel funding per year.



  • Have completed a PhD, MFA, or equivalent terminal degree in a Fine Arts-related field within the last three years and have not held a tenure-track faculty position.
  • Demonstrate significant promise or potential as a scholar or scholar-practitioner.
  • Demonstrate interest in research into new methodologies and creative practices not well represented in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Demonstrate potential to strongly contribute to advancing the college’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.


Application Instructions

Applications are due by July 6, 2022.  To apply, please submit the following via Interfolio at by July 6, 2022:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of interest that highlights your most significant research experiences, describes your areas of future research interest and inquiry, and outlines your experience advancing underrepresented archives and repertoires in the arts, including your role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Contact information for three references
  • A writing sample or portfolio of creative work

For more details, please contact Director of Faculty Advancement Tim Creswick at and/or Dr. Lydia Contreras (Provost Office) at


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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