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WKU Seeks Applicants for Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Friday, October 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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Western Kentucky University aspires to be the University of choice for faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping advance academic excellence. True to its spirit, WKU offers an inviting, nurturing, and challenging work environment, which is responsive to the needs of a diverse and ambitious learning community. WKU's main campus is located on a hill overlooking the city of Bowling Green (population est. 60,000), and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the nation. In addition, WKU serves the communities of Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Glasgow and Owensboro through its regional campuses. We invite you to consider WKU as a place where your academic and professional dreams can be realized.

The Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (MPDFP) seeks to promote the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty at Western Kentucky University. The Program is focused on developing scholars from underrepresented groups for possible tenure track appointments at Western Kentucky University and other colleges and universities. Postdoctoral scholars will be engaged full-time in teaching and or research in the multiple disciplines within the University’s six (6) degree granting colleges. Finally, the MPDFP provides recent doctorate recipients the opportunity to establish professional relationships with colleagues, and to participate as an active community member in the life of a comprehensive university.

Description
Western Kentucky University (WKU) seeks applications for two (2), 9-month, temporary, full-time, Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship positions for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Fellowship may be renewed for an additional year pending satisfactory performance reviews and continued funding.

This Fellowship includes salary and benefits for the period August 15, 2018 to May 15, 2019, with payment through June 30, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must hold a doctoral degree prior to the start date. The doctoral degree must have been conferred in the same year or within one year prior to employment.

Per university administration, eligible candidates include those in the following IPEDS race and ethnicity categories: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or those of those of bi/multi-racial identity.

Additional Information

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Application Instructions

The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system (http://www.wku.edu/employment/) by January 12, 2018, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Unofficial transcripts

Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested through an online process at a later date.

You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.

Because the Folk Studies Program is not directly involved in the application process, Folk Studies faculty ask that candidates in folklore and related fields notify them upon application so that they can communicate their support for folklore candidates with the search committee.

Contact: 
Ann K. Ferrell
Director of Folk Studies
ann.ferrell@wku.edu

Potential candidates are encouraged to speak with any of the WKU Folk Studies faculty during the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society or to contact Ann Ferrell with any questions about the program, university, and surrounding community.

The Folk Studies program, in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, offers an M.A. degree in Folk Studies, with about twenty-five students enrolled in the graduate program, as well as an undergraduate folklore minor. The forty-five year old Folk Studies graduate program offers dedicated tracks in public folklore and historic preservation, as well as thesis options. The program prepares M.A. students for employment in applied folklore and preservation and further doctoral study in the discipline. The department is the home of the Kentucky Folklife Program and the current editorial home of the Journal of American Folklore.



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