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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Humanities

Posted: 11/28/2017 (Employment)

St. Lawrence University invites applications for an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Humanities. This is a one-year, postdoctoral teaching fellowship to begin August, 2018.

St Lawrence was recently awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant to incorporate the health humanities into the newly approved Public Health Minor. The postdoctoral fellowship is an interdisciplinary position, requiring the fellow to teach 3 undergraduate-level health humanities courses in the academic year and contribute to the ongoing development of the public health minor curriculum. The fellow will be required to give one public lecture based on their own scholarly work. Additionally, the successful candidate will assist the grant director in facilitating grant-related activities, such as arranging and hosting speakers. The fellow will have the opportunity to pursue scholarly work while at St Lawrence with University support for professional development.

Minimum qualifications include a PhD or another terminal degree in the humanities or public health. Applicants should have completed their terminal degree within the last 3 years. Applicants who have not yet completed their terminal degree must fulfill all degree requirements by August 1, 2018. Candidates must also have scholarly interests in public health and provide clear evidence of a humanities-based approach to current issues in this field. Humanities-based approaches to health may include, but are not limited to artistic, literary, philosophical, cultural, or historical perspectives on health, or a focus on ethics and social justice, or discourses and rhetoric of health. Candidates in the creative and performing arts are especially encouraged to apply.

By filling this position, St. Lawrence University aims to increase the humanities-based perspectives in our public health curriculum and strengthen our interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the field. The successful applicant will show a clear history of scholarly work in the health humanities, as well as evidence of effective teaching practices. We are especially interested in applicants who will strengthen the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in our curricular and extracurricular community life.

Interested applicants must apply online at uploading all required materials which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section.  Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2018. Questions about the position may be sent to Professor Samuel Byrne, Search Chair at

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Location: St. Lawrence University