The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE: www.du.edu/irise) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners for a two year term from summer 2020 through summer 2022. Under the guidance and mentorship from faculty and staff in the Office of Teaching & Learning (OTL), Morgridge College of Education, and the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, the Fellow will have the opportunity to pursue an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach to mediating racial inequities in higher education. The Fellow will be situated in a critical cross-functional integrative position to work on mission-critical Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategic initiatives and/or projects. The position will provide experiences in research, teaching, and service, preparing the fellow to pursue a professional trajectory including, but not limited to, tenure-track appointment in the academy and alternative academic positions.
The Fellow will advance DU faculty research and collaboration on racial equity and equality by partnering with faculty and staff on researching and publishing findings surrounding the Inclusive Teaching Practices programming portfolio. The Fellow will help expand our understanding about critical processes for creating inclusive higher education institutions, creating inclusive classrooms, igniting organizational change, and kindling resilience and dispositions among faculty and students that cultivate racial equity. Also, the Fellow will complement and extend work conducted more broadly because each project advances our institutional mission. The Fellow will be housed in the OTL, which supports innovation and excellence in teaching and learning at the University of Denver through its institutes, workshops, consultations, research, and related activities. The Fellow will primarily engage in independent research, scholarship, and creative work under the guidance of the mentorship team. Drs. Kate Willink, Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, and Christina Paguyo will serve as primary mentors, and Drs. Judy Marquez Kiyama and Scott Leutenegger will provide additional mentorship, collaboration, and training opportunities. Through daily interactions in an already-established community of support such as the OTL, the Fellow will be exposed in real time to a high-touch, wrap-around constellation of support led by a seasoned mentorship team.
Fellows will teach one course in their first year and two courses in their second year; each on a topic that will satisfy requirements for the graduate-level certificate and undergraduate minor linked to DU's Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor. Courses may be cross-listed across relevant departments and/or taught in alternative departments in different terms. Fellows will have access to resources and training, particularly to inclusive pedagogical practices, through the OTL.
The Fellow will work closely with IRISE to develop as a campus leader and to thereby extend the impact on DU faculty and students regarding issues of racial (in)equity. The successful candidate will also be expected to actively participate in and support IRISE's intellectual life and various other partner initiatives (DU IMPACT 2025, DU Grand Challenges, and DU Community + Values) in amplifying their role as a scholar confronting racial inequality in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.
The Fellow will support the Director of Inclusive Teaching Practices in co-creating knowledge and advancing expertise in cutting-edge critical and inclusive pedagogical approaches that disrupt inequitable instructional practices to enhance inclusive excellence. Furthermore, the Fellow will collaborate with the Director of Academic Assessment in critical areas of research, assessment, data collection and analyses around emerging Inclusive Teaching Practices programming. To this end, the Fellow will work on projects which may include but are not limited to the following:
- Contribute accessible and research-based modules to the Inclusive Teaching Portal (ITP) redesign and launch of the first comprehensive open-access resource on Inclusive Practice in Higher Education.
- Participate in the design and assessment of Inclusive Teaching Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) which are IRB-approved, structured, faculty groups dedicated to critically exploring and writing about topics such as but not limited to: White Fragility, Critical Pedagogy, Inclusive Classroom Communication, Advocates and Ally Networks in Computer Science and Engineering, and Teaching and Learning Strategies to Support Transgender Students Navigation of Post-Secondary Learning Environments;
Support the development, implementation, and assessment of the inaugural Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching (FIIT), an IRB approved three-day intensive institute addressing critical aspects of diversity and pedagogy in crucial elements of course design, curriculum development, classroom management and assessment of teaching and learning.
- Conduct research and write publications through active collaboration with administrators, faculty, and staff spearheading cutting-edge research in DEI that include implementation of novel pedagogical frameworks; implementation and assessment of professional educational development of tenure-track and teaching-track faculty; infusing DEI in STEM curricula and first-year programs; and developing new programs, courses and curricula.
- Teach courses such as Race & Racism in Higher Education; the Inclusive Pedagogies Seminar or a new seminar/course on a topic related to the fellows area of expertise in the Morgridge College of Higher Education. The Fellow would receive ample support from OTL staff and faculty mentors in the development and assessment of a new course/seminar.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
- Demonstrated knowledge of Critical Pedagogies, Inclusive Pedagogies and Critical Race Theory.
- Robust interdisciplinary research skills.
- Knowledge of theory and best practices in course design, classroom management, assessment of teaching and learning, and faculty life cycles.
- Excellent oral, written, and facilitation skills.
- Demonstrated leadership with strong collaborative interpersonal skills.
- PhD or terminal degree in education psychology or a related field (e.g., sociology, curriculum and instruction). Applicants must have completed all requirements for their PhD or terminal degree by start date.
- Candidates should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. In addition, because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of racial inequality, we especially encourage applications from racially minoritized groups.
- We do not expect the candidate to have experience in all areas of the fellowship, as training will be provided by the mentors.
- Track record of conducting oneself professionally in political contexts requiring double confidentiality.
- Experience with program assessment and evaluation.
- Experience with LMS, reference management software, and other research softwares.
- Ability to create robust narratives based on systematic data collection and analyses.
While applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, the online application must be completed and submitted no later than 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on February 28, 2020.
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Inquiries about this position can be made to the search co-chairs, Drs. Kate Willink, Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, and Christina Paguyo.
The fellowship carries a stipend of $50,004 for the first year and $50,004 for the second year, a professional development and research account ($3,000 per year), access to space and research equipment (including personal office and computer), and a comprehensive benefits package.
Please include the following documents with your application:
- Cover letter (which includes a brief research statement and description of teaching interests/accomplishments)
- One-page statement on how the applicant’s research and teaching specifically address issues of race, social justice, and inclusive excellence in higher education
- One writing sample (e.g., peer-reviewed publication(s), dissertation chapters, conference papers, etc.)
- Names and contact information of 3 individuals that can provide a letter of recommendation
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.