William Randolph Hearst Post-Doctoral Fellowship-Urban Studies/Psychology

Rhodes College invites applicants for a two-year William Randolph Hearst Post-Doctoral Fellowship for aspiring faculty from historically underrepresented minority groups in higher education whose research is in the area of health disparities/ health equity. Candidates with a Ph.D. in community psychology, health psychology, or a related field are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. by August 2018.


We welcome applicants whose program of research investigates social and health inequities among African American, Latinx, or other populations disproportionately affected by these inequities. We also welcome applicants investigating issues of health justice or of global/ international health equity that have relevance for U.S. communities.


This position contributes to a growing area of the college, and will be supported by an existing interdisciplinary relationship between the Department of Psychology and the Urban Studies program, which includes a concentration in Urban and Community Health. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and skills to facilitate research collaboration and community engagement. The position includes teaching three undergraduate courses a year, including courses in health equity/health disparities and an upper-level seminar in the candidate's area of expertise. Collaborative research and teaching opportunities exist with several additional interdisciplinary programs, including Africana Studies, Latin American and Latinx Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Neuroscience, and Educational Studies. Additional opportunities for collaborative research are available through our partnerships with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.
In 1988 Rhodes College received a gift from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to establish a postdoctoral fellowship for aspiring faculty from historically underrepresented minority groups. A primary goal of the fellowship is to give aspiring faculty experience in the liberal arts college culture and mentoring toward tenure track appointments. This fellowship is an opportunity for candidates to develop their teaching and research program in a liberal arts setting.


Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a highly selective, private, residential, undergraduate college, located in Memphis, Tennessee. We aspire to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We encourage applications from candidates interested in helping us achieve this vision.


Rhodes College values an inclusive and welcoming environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workforce.


Memphis has a metropolitan population of over one million and provides multiple opportunities for research and for cultural and recreational activities.


Please apply online at jobs.rhodes.edu; only online applications will be accepted. A complete application includes a cover letter, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, a research plan, and three letters of recommendation. Please address in your cover letter your interest in a postdoctoral fellowship like the William Randolph Hearst Teaching Fellowship, teaching at a liberal arts college and how your experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service might contribute to a college community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values. Review of completed applications will begin on December 1st and continue until the position is filled. The online application system will solicit letters of recommendation electronically from the candidate's recommenders, once their contact information has been entered by the candidate and all other required application materials have been submitted. Background checks are required before candidates can be brought to campus for interviews. For further information please contact Dr. Elizabeth Thomas, thomase@rhodes.edu.

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