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Institute for Racial Justice, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Justice, Non-Tenure Track

Employer
Loyola University Chicago
Location
Chicago-Water Tower Campus

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Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Sustainability
Position Type
Postdoc
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Title:

Institute for Racial Justice, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Justice, Non-Tenure Track

Position Title:

Institute for Racial Justice, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Justice, Non-Tenure Track

Job Category:

University Faculty

Job Type:

Full-Time

FLSA Status:

Exempt

Campus:

Chicago-Water Tower Campus

Location Code:

INSTITUTE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Department Name:

INSTITUTE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Is this split and/or fully grant funded? :

No

Duties and Responsibilities:

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in fields including environmental studies, communications, history, urban studies, sociology, data science, behavioral economics, political science, or other related fields
  • Quantitative research expertise
  • Understandings of critical theories
  • Project management skills
  • Community organizations, organizing, or leadership experience
  • Proficiency in a multitude of qualitative and quantitative software, including PowerBI or Tableau and ArcGIS
  • The ability to translate technical results into accessible language
  • Synthesize technical results into actionable policy and procedural recommendations

Qualifications:

The Institute for Racial Justice (IRJ) at Loyola University Chicago invites applications for one (1) two-year IRJ Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Justice. This fellowship supports scholars from a broad range of fields and skillsets who center race and ethnicity to pursue environmental justice in marginalized communities. IRJ fellowships aim to advance the careers of new scholars by providing opportunities to research, give and receive mentoring, and build community across disciplines. Fellows will have a primary appointment in IRJ with the opportunity to secure courtesy appointments in other departments, centers, and institutes at Loyola University Chicago. Strong applicants will demonstrate evidence of scholarly potential for collaborative, interdisciplinary research activities with the potential to advance policies leading to environmental justice in marginalized communities. Scholarship that contributes to understanding differences and similarities in systemic forms of anti-Asian, anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, anti-Latinx racism is of particular interest.

IRJ has strategic community partnerships throughout the greater Chicagoland area. We believe in long-term relationships that allow IRJ scholars to better understand community needs and the responsibility to use our skills for the greater good. We also believe that scholars have much to learn from community members and approach our partnerships with a palpable degree of humility. Strong applications will demonstrate evidence of scholarly promise for intersectional, interdisciplinary scholarly activities that deepen understandings of the various structural forms of anti-Asian, anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, and anti-Latinx racism. Applications should also convey a willingness to balance one’s personal research agenda with collaborative community-university efforts to convert scholarly understandings into practical policy and practice solutions.

Overview
This position is one of three IRJ postdoctoral fellowship cluster hires, with the theme for this cohort being economic, educational, and environmental justice. This initiative aims to build pathways for generations of scholars to advance intersectional, interdisciplinary research that centers on racial justice and drives structural change. We aim to support scholars and equip them with the skills and networks to conduct change-making research, create transformational educational experiences, and build translational community partnerships. The postdoctoral fellows and faculty mentors will coordinate efforts across campus and in the greater Chicagoland area.

This postdoctoral fellow will primarily work to lead and support Project STEM Outreach to Under-represented Leaders (SOUL), a collaborative team of IRJ faculty and affiliates, and MAPSCorps (Meaningful, Active, Productive Science in Service to Communities), a not-for-profit organization in Chicago. Through this partnership, postdoctoral fellows will engage students in pre-high school through graduate school interested in using science, technology, engineering,
and math (STEM) to explore solutions to complex community problems that include, but are not limited to, environmental racism. This project requires innovation skills and nimbleness to convert justice and equity from concepts to measurable activities, leading to community improvement plans and policy changes. Strong candidates will have excellent research and writing skills and the ability to make technical results accessible to various audiences, including policymakers, educators, and community stakeholders.

All IRJ postdoctoral fellows are expected to pursue research activities associated with their primary area of scholarly interests, as demonstrated by conference presentations, grant proposal submissions, and published works. No course teaching is required but is available. The primary affiliation will be with IRJ, with opportunities for courtesy appointments in schools and centers across the university. As part of the IRJ community, Postdoctoral Fellows will actively participate in the intellectual life of IRJ, which includes, but is not limited to, leading, and participating in professional development activities, conceptually contributing to interdisciplinary projects co-designed with IRJ staff, faculty affiliates, community partners in the greater Chicagoland area. With the support of a Loyola University Chicago faculty mentor of their choosing, postdoctoral fellows will also manage at least one small research team.

Physical Demands:

None

Working Conditions:

None

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience:

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in fields including environmental studies, communications, history, urban studies, sociology, data science, behavioral economics, political science, or other related fields
  • Quantitative research expertise
  • Understandings of critical theories
  • Project management skills
  • Community organizations, organizing, or leadership experience
  • Proficiency in a multitude of qualitative and quantitative software, including PowerBI or Tableau and ArcGIS
  • The ability to translate technical results into accessible language
  • Synthesize technical results into actionable policy and procedural recommendations

Open Date:

02/22/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Compensation
The expected start date is negotiable but preferably July 2022 at a 12-month annual salary of $70,000 and benefits for two years, with the possibility of extension dependent upon performance and availability of funds. The postdoctoral fellow will also access funds for research supplies, travel, publications, and professional development.

Eligibility
We invite applications from qualified candidates at the beginning of their academic careers but who do not hold tenure-track academic positions. Candidates who do not hold a doctorate but expect to by June 30, 2022, must provide a letter from their dissertation committee’s chair confirming the proposed completion timeline. All applicants must file their dissertations no later than June 30, 2022. This position is not restricted to US citizens or resident aliens. Non-US citizens are welcome to apply. Scholars from populations underrepresented in the academy are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application materials

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement
  • Two writing samples
  • Three reference contacts (to be contacted by IRJ staff)
  • Teaching philosophy (optional)

About the Institute for Racial Justice
Loyola University Chicago, through the Institute for Racial Justice, commits our collective intellectual, curricular, and pedagogical resources to deeply learn and expose the truth about racism and its origins, to dismantle systemic inequities, to formulate innovative solutions to injustice, and to create a society where racism is rooted out and inclusive ecosystems built in its place. We commit to graduating future leaders who understand the “other” as a fellow traveler made in the image and likeness of God and possessing equal dignity and infinite worth.

IRJ acts as the interdisciplinary hub for Loyola University Chicago scholars and strategic partners to build deep relationships, accelerate transformational research and education, and create a collective impact toward racial justice and equity. Our work seeks to advance actionable solutions that meet the needs of Asian, Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Latinx people for the benefit of us all.

Quick Link for Posting:

https://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/19054

Job Number:

85TBD

Organizational Location:

PROVOST

Number of Vacancies:

1

Desired Start Date:

07/01/2022

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Organization

Working at Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University and the only one located in Chicago. Shaped by our city and our Jesuit traditions, Loyola University Chicago offers students an educational environment unmatched for its diversity of thought and experience.

Loyola University Chicago comprises four campuses: Lake Shore (LSC), Water Tower (WTC), Health Sciences (HSC), and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy, and is home to eleven schools and colleges: Arrupe College, Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Loyola also features course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois.

With three campuses spread throughout the greater Chicago area, students have access to hundreds of cultural institutions as well as thousands of internships and networking opportunities with the city's Fortune 500 companies. Study-abroad programs at our Rome and Beijing Centers provide engagement with the global community and economy.

While rigorous programs of research and study are one hallmark of a Jesuit education, we're not just preparing students for a career, we're preparing them for life. We challenge our students to learn broadly, to think critically, to serve generously, to lead with integrity, to respect diversity. We come from all faiths and ethnic and economic backgrounds, with a common purpose of building a better society.

Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the "top national universities" in its annual publications, and named the University a "best value" in its 2008 rankings.

Our faculty take a person-centered approach to education. They’re not just here to teach students what they know, they’re here to teach them to think critically and creatively and to reach for their own discoveries.

More facts about Loyola University Chicago:

  • Total enrollment: 15,902
  • 80+ undergraduate majors and 80+ minors
  • 140+ graduate, professional, and graduate-level certificate programs
  • More than 4,000 faculty and staff members 
  • 14:1 Undergraduate student/faculty ratio 
  • 150,000 alumni; 85,000 in Chicago 
  • One of only eight percent of all American colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter
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