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Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY

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The Provost’s Office at Ithaca College invites applications for Diversity Scholars Predoctoral Fellowships. The Fellowships are for the academic year (August 16, 2024 – May 31, 2025) and are non-renewable. Scholars will receive a $42,000 stipend, $5,000 in travel/professional development support, relocation reimbursement, office space, health benefits, and access to Ithaca College and Cornell University libraries. Scholars will teach one course in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester; will receive teaching focused mentoring and professional development by senior faculty; will be expected to participate in one official function per semester; and must partake in an exit interview.

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited program leading to a Ph.D. degree at a U.S. institution; display evidence of a commitment to a career in teaching at the college or university level; demonstrate a dedication to equitable classroom practices; display evidence of a scholarly agenda; and be authorized to work in the United States. Candidates from underrepresented groups whose exclusions from the academy has been longstanding and who have demonstrated a commitment to minoritized communities in their teaching, service and/or research are strongly encouraged to apply. Prior to August 15, 2024, applicants must be advanced to candidacy at their home institution, with an approved dissertation proposal. Preference will be given to candidates who are in the last year of dissertation writing and who have not completed most of their writing at the beginning of the fellowship year.

Applications are welcome in the following areas/departments: Please read the following descriptions and include reference to specific criteria in your cover letter. 

Center for the Study of Culture Race and Ethnicity: CSCRE is open to candidates who’s work and future scholarship focus on areas of “ethnic studies” [African Diaspora Studies; Latino/a/x Studies; Asian American Studies; and Native American and Indigenous Studies] as well as alternative approaches to race, ethnicity and cultural studies.

Literatures in English: The Department of Literatures in English seeks a Ph.D. candidate Diversity Scholar with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Indigenous American literature; Asian-American literature; Diasporic Asian literature; pre-1900 African American literature; African Diasporic literature. The successful candidate will teach an introductory course to the candidate’s specialty in the fall, and a special-topics course in the spring.

Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies: The Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies seeks a PhD candidate Diversity Scholar with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Fiction Film Theory; History and Theory of Documentary; Hollywood and American Film; Film Aesthetics & Analysis; Film Criticism; Quantitative Research Methods; Media Effects; Media Law; History of Film & Television. The successful candidate will teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses based on expertise. 

Music Theory, History, and Composition: The Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition seeks a Diversity Scholar with expertise in the field of Music Studies (musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, music theory, sound studies, or a related field). The successful candidate will teach Selected Topics in Music Studies and one other course. Previous course offerings include African-American Popular Music, Music in Latin America, Women in Music, Women in Popular Music, Rock Styles Since 1955, Music in Society, and Music and the Media. Additional opportunities might be available for a Diversity Scholar who is primarily a composer.  Our department is committed to mentoring a Diversity Scholar in the areas of pedagogy, curriculum development, sustained research, and professional development.   

Psychology: The Psychology department is looking for advanced graduate students in areas of psychology not covered in our current program but that will enhance the learning experience of our students. Examples of courses/areas to teach include Forensic Psychology, Public Service Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Latinx Psychology, the psychology of Race and Racism, Multicultural Psychology, treatment and assessment from a cultural perspective.

Course to teach should be geared toward sophomores (200) and junior (300) level.

Religious Studies: Area of specialization is open, but special consideration will be given to candidates with research or teaching interests in race, gender, and/or sexuality studies.

Sociology: The Sociology Department seeks candidates who can contribute to our curriculum in Race and Ethnicity. The successful candidate will teach one section of our 200-level "Race and Ethnicity" course (fall), and a second course to be determined after consultation between the candidate and the department (spring). Our department is committed to mentoring the successful candidate in curriculum, syllabus, and pedagogical development, sustaining research, and more general professional development.

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies: The area of specialization is open, and we welcome candidates from other programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences whose research and teaching interests include a strong focus on gender and/or sexuality. Potential fields of research could include, but are by no means limited to, areas such as Transgender Studies, transnational feminisms, intersectionality, feminism and religion, global activism, gender and health disparities, etc. The successful candidate will be invited to teach one section of either Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or Queer Studies in the Fall, and a course of their own design in the Spring.

World Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Within the fields of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, applications are welcome in the areas of French and Francophone Studies and Linguistics. Special consideration will be given to candidates with an expertise in postcolonial studies in the Caribbean or West-African context. The successful candidate will teach an introductory course to the candidate’s specialty in the fall, and a special-topics course in the spring.

EEOC Statement: 

Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

To Apply:

Interested applicants must apply online and include (1): Unofficial transcript from an accredited Ph.D.- granting institution; (2) a cover letter detailing the candidates teaching pedagogy and interest in a career in teaching; description of research agenda and a timeline for finishing the dissertation; and how they will contribute to the curriculum of the chosen department; (3) a CV; (4) a syllabus for a course you propose to teach; and (5) the contact information from two references. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 13, 2023. Applications will not be considered complete until all materials are in.

Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.

All bargaining unit faculty members shall be covered by the collective bargaining agreement between Ithaca College and Services Employees International Union, Local 200 United. Part-time or adjunct bargaining unit employees are all part-time faculty employed by Ithaca College at its Ithaca, New York campus including but not limited to faculty in the titles of Lecturer or Adjunct. Information about the Union can be found here: Successful candidates will be required to meet with union leadership prior to their first day.


Ithaca College is a private residential college in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Located in one of America’s top college towns, IC boasts a lively and sophisticated residential community that takes full advantage of its stunning natural backdrop and a local community rich in arts and culture.

At Ithaca College, faculty and staff work together to make students ready for success in an evolving world. Challenging academic programs promote critical thinking and hands-on learning, and students work closely with experienced and accomplished faculty on innovative research and enlightening coursework. Ithaca’s new strategic plan, IC 20/20, positions the college to offer a truly distinct integrative learning experience.

From its founding in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College has had a distinguished history of interweaving the threads of liberal and professional education. Students are encouraged to study across disciplines at each of the college’s five schools: Business, Communications, Health Sciences and Human Performance, Humanities and Sciences, and Music.

The college is an internationally known and respected coeducational and nonsectarian institution with approximately 6,200 undergraduate and 470 graduate students, who come to Ithaca from nearly every state and over 70 countries. The curriculum provides more than 2,000 courses in over 100 programs of study. While the breadth of its curriculum is normally found only at larger universities, Ithaca holds fast to its tradition of close, personal instruction (11:1 student-faculty ratio).

Rewards of Working at Ithaca College

A preferred employer in its upstate New York region, Ithaca College provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. Faculty and staff also enjoy the kind of uniquely rewarding work environment that can only be found in a vibrant college community.

Ithaca College’s benefits program includes medical, dental, and life insurance, long-term disability plans, and a flexible spending reimbursement account for eligible expenses not covered by other benefits.

Ithaca contributes to the personal and professional development of faculty and staff, and emphasizes the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. With workplace flexibility, community service opportunities, and tools for individual growth, employees are encouraged to take advantage of everything IC has to offer.

Additionally, the college offers educational benefits, retirement options, vacation, sick, and personal leave, statutory benefits, at least 11 paid holidays per year, use of the college's many recreational facilities, and free parking. Employees also enjoy access to many services, including the college library, the Campus Center, and the college’s campus store.

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About the Area

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the vibrant city center. Home to several parks and surrounded by more than 150 waterfalls, Ithaca is an outdoor lover’s paradise. And with more restaurants per capita than New York City, it’s also a food lover’s dream. Activity thrives downtown, where live music, independent cinema, and artistic performances can be found almost any night of the week. Whether you’re looking for natural beauty or urban sophistication, Ithaca has something for everyone.


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