Political Science: University Fellow for Faculty Diversity
The University of North Carolina at Asheville
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Internal Number: 5948
UNC Overview :
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.
UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Staff members are encouraged to take an active role to engage in the institution's efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the workplace. The successful candidate is expected to foster an inclusive work culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are respected and welcomed. Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Department : Political Science
Full-Time/Part-Time : Full-Time
The University of North Carolina Asheville Department of Political Science invites applications for a University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in Political Science with a field in International Relations to begin Fall 2023.
We will consider applicants with a PhD in Political Science for a post-doctoral position or candidates nearing completion of their doctoral degree for a pre-doctoral position. This is a 2–3-year fellowship with the possibility of conversion to the tenure-track. While the fellowship does not guarantee a tenure-track position, the ideal case is that the fellowship does indeed lead to such an offer.
We expect the successful candidate to teach both introductory courses and upper-level electives in International Relations, which could include courses on international conflict/war, international political economy/trade (IPE) or global political economy (GPE), international organizations (IO), and/or security studies. We also encourage candidates with an international focus on human rights or gender or candidates that focus on International Relations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East to apply.
UNC Asheville is a teaching-centered institution. We are seeking candidates who engage in student-centered pedagogical practices, who innovate in the classroom, and who are versed in culturally responsive teaching. In addition to building a record of outstanding teaching, University Fellows are expected to engage in departmental service and maintain scholarly activity.
With this University Fellow for Faculty Diversity position, the Political Science department encourages applications from candidates who are able to help us to develop, maintain, and support a faculty whose diversity more closely represents the demographics of the nation and the state of NC, recognizing the historical under-representation and lack of diversity in the subfield of International Relations.
Applicants should submit the following electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu:
● Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position and why you are a fit for our institution, your teaching philosophy, and a description of your scholarly interests and the ways in which you engage or contribute to the evolution of your discipline.
● References: Names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately; these references should address your written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Peter Haschke, Search Co-Chair in Political Science ([email protected]).
University Fellows Program Mission
UNC Asheville is among the nation's best public liberal arts & sciences colleges and the only designated liberal arts institution in the North Carolina university system. We are the founders of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and our students and faculty helped to design, fabricate, and install the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square, collaborating side by side with a recent McArthur genius award winner. We offer an extraordinary liberal arts education at an incredibly affordable rate (tuition is under $7500 per year for in-state students), all in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, NC.
Our excellence is first and foremost a product of a faculty deeply committed to both teaching and scholarship in their discipline. That excellence also demands that our curriculum, co-curricular activities, and entire community welcome, reflect, and celebrate a diversity of perspectives, lived experiences, and identities. Currently, our required core curriculum includes diversity intensive courses and we offer living learning communities specifically designed for students of color. But we have prioritized doing more. Just this fall, we released a Racial Justice Roadmap that will serve as a guide to the work in which we will be engaging to become an even more inclusive campus. That Racial Justice Roadmap includes initiatives that span student affairs, admissions and financial aid, and critically important, academic affairs.
In particular, to support the development of a more excellent and diverse professoriate at UNC Asheville, we are launching the University Fellowship for Faculty Diversity (University Fellows) Program. The program invites pre-doctoral and post-doctoral candidates specifically considering careers at a liberal arts institution which takes equal pride in the excellence of its faculty's teaching and the quality of its faculty's scholarship and creative production. UNC Asheville encourages applications from candidates who are able to help us advance one of our most important strategic objectives—to develop, maintain, and support a faculty whose diversity more closely represents the demographics of the nation and the state of NC, particularly with respect to race, with special attention to domestic underrepresentation of minorities in various disciplines.
University Fellows Program Details
Faculty at the University of North Carolina Asheville ordinarily teach 24 credit hours per year. University Fellows will have a lightened teaching load, receive extensive mentorship, and receive support for the development of their pedagogy and disciplinary work.
In particular, University Fellows should expect to teach as few as three courses in their first year and will receive funds for professional development and research and/or creative production (to be arranged at the time of being awarded the fellowship). Salaries for pre-doctoral fellows before earning their degree will be commensurate with lecturers in the discipline; salaries for fellows who have earned their degree will be commensurate with visiting assistant professors.
By early fall of a University Fellow's final year, it will be determined whether a tenure track offer will be made to the faculty member. In the event that an offer is not made or the tenure track position is not one that the fellow would like to accept, we will support the Fellow in the best ways possible in applying for a tenure track position elsewhere.
A few other details about each fellowship (pre-doctoral vs. post-doctoral) are summarized below:
Pre-doctoral: Three year term
Course Release: Teach 12 credit hours over the first year (12 credit hours of release over the first year, not all to be taken in one semester). Four to six credit hours of release over the next two years.
Expectation is to complete the terminal degree by the end of year one. There may be opportunities that warrant consideration of completion beyond the first year, but these will be considered on a case by case basis.
Salary increase, subject to budget and System Office constraints, will take place the year subsequent to completion of the degree.
Post-doctoral: Two or Three year term
Course Release: Teach 36 credit hours (12 credit hours of release, not all to be taken in one semester) over the first two years of the fellowship.
UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants, or employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, or ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.
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UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants and employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, and ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.
About The University of North Carolina at Asheville
As the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Small class size, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster innovation as well as recognition.The cornerstone of a liberal arts education is the ability to explore the connections between many different subjects as well as the options available. So learning here expands well beyond the classroom walls. Focusing on undergraduate studies, we help students dig into learning, whether they participate in faculty-mentored research projects, undertake career-related internships, study abroad, or join service projects aimed at improving the quality of life at home and around the world. We encourage everyone to seek challenges, seize opportunities and become a doer as well as a thinker.At UNC Asheville, we’ve created an environment for exploring the world as well as more than 30 different majors. About 3,900 undergraduate students and about 330 full- and part-time faculty bring the campus alive with ...a genuine hunger to understand and contribute to the human experience. Amid the culturally rich setting of Asheville, North Carolina, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s all designed to spark a lifelong quest to know more — a fire that will grow brighter in the future.