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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Writing in the Social Sciences

Posted: 1/23/2018 (Employment)

Position Details

Wesleyan University’s Shapiro Center for Writing, along with the Center for Pedagogical Innovation, invites applications for an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Writing in the Social Sciences beginning July 1, 2018. We seek a scholar in any field of inquiry in the social sciences who has, or will have, completed the PhD between June 2014 and June 2018. The purpose of this fellowship is to support students who are working to develop their abilities as writers in the social sciences, especially in Economics, Government, Psychology, and/or Sociology.

The teaching load is 2/1: the fellow will teach two first-year or pre-major seminar courses in the fall and one somewhat larger course in the spring. These courses will emphasize scholarship in one or more disciplines in the social sciences, and will stress the development of skill in academic writing.

In addition, in the spring semester, the fellow will organize a pedagogy workshop that will have three goals: 1) to offer training in new pedagogical tools and strategies, 2) to emphasize inclusive pedagogy techniques, and 3) to address student competencies in Writing, Expressing, and Communicating. Faculty and staff from the Center for Pedagogical Innovation, as well as student assistants, will help the fellow coordinate and carry out the workshop, which is intended to be a two- to three-hour session in a pedagogical area that is familiar to the fellow.

The fellow will also be expected to work with the Director of Academic Writing to develop services to support student writing in the social sciences.

This position will offer research and/or travel funds and is renewable for a second year contingent upon performance.

Minimum Qualifications 

We seek a scholar in any field of inquiry in the social sciences who has, or will have, completed the PhD between June 2014 and June 2018.

Instructions to Applications

You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) any representative publications, documentation of teaching experience, (4) including teaching statement, (4) course syllabi and (6) student evaluations. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of the three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.

Additional Information

Applications received by March 1, 2018 will receive full consideration.

Please contact Lisa Sacks ( if you have questions about the application process.

Note for Interfolio users:
We gladly accept letters of recommendation from Interfolio. From your Interfolio account, please use the “web delivery” method to upload your letters directly to our online application.

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Deadline: 03/01/2018

Location: Wesleyan University