Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities (three-year)

Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901, United States
Mar 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Colby College invites applications for a three-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities to begin September 1, 2017. The successful candidate will work with faculty, staff, and students from across the arts and humanities and the Environmental Studies Program. Candidates should have interdisciplinary training that includes both the humanities and environmental studies. Applications are welcome from scholars working in such areas as environmental design, arts, history, and/or ecocriticism. Candidates familiar with innovative and experiential learning, project-based pedagogy, and digital humanities are particularly encouraged. Candidates must have the PhD in hand by September 1, 2017.

The Fellow will teach three courses each year. Two will be environmental humanities courses in the Fellow's area of expertise. The Fellow's contribution to a team-taught introduction to environmental studies will count as the third course. These courses are designed to expand curricular offerings that explicitly bridge the humanities and Environmental Studies. The Fellow will also help to coordinate a faculty seminar, a summer institute, and serve as a resource for other faculty developing courses with environmental humanities content.

This postdoctoral fellowship is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of environmental humanities at Colby College. Colby College is recognized nationally for its commitment to academic excellence in the humanities, the environment, and sustainability. The college is making major investments in these areas and this position provides opportunities to take advantage of unique arts/humanities and environmental resources including the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colby Museum of Art, three college libraries, the campus arboretum, and numerous partnerships, with, for example, the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the Maine Lakes Resources Center, and the developing Arts and Innovation Program.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, (unofficial) graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a sample of current scholarship as PDFs to: If you wish to submit a portfolio, please contact Megan Fossa, Program Coordinator of the Center for the Arts and Humanities at Colby is committed to supporting a diverse community of scholars. In your application materials please address how your personal experiences and professional plans support our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Application review will begin April 14, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran's status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution's education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby's Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights.

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