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Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Policy

Colby College
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Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Policy

Colby College
Open Date:
Apr 12, 2024

Colby College is searching for a postdoctoral fellow in public policy to start September 1, 2024. 

During their two-year appointment, the fellow will closely mentor approximately ten advanced students each semester from across campus who wish to undertake an in-depth, real-world policy evaluation project for independent study credit. With support from faculty and staff, the fellow will serve as a liaison between the students and community partner organizations. The fellow will also help lead workshops to teach practical policy analysis skills such as memo writing, consulting with stakeholders, and data visualization. In the second year of their appointment, the fellow will teach one policy-related course in addition to their other responsibilities.


These assignments will provide early career scholars a chance to hone their teaching in a selective liberal arts college environment. The position also offers the unique opportunity to strengthen skills related to collaborative policy making, stakeholder engagement, and legislative and public affairs management. Fellows will be expected to pursue an active research and publishing agenda and will receive mentoring from senior faculty. The fellow will have the opportunity to take part in a new public policy colloquium series and interact with faculty and staff doing policy-relevant research and teaching in environmental studies, government, economics, education, and other fields, and through Colby’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs.


Although this position will be housed in the Department of Sociology, we are seeking candidates from public policy or closely related fields. Policy work experience outside of graduate school is required. Areas of policy specialization are open. Candidates may be A.B.D. but a Ph.D. must be in hand prior to September 1, 2024.

Application Instructions:

A complete application must include: a curriculum vitae; letter of application that explains the candidate’s research, their approach to teaching and teaching inclusively as well as examples of practical policy experience in the public or private sector; representative samples of scholarship; three confidential letters of recommendation; and the names and contact information for one or two references who can speak to the candidate’s performance in policy work outside of graduate school.


Please submit all of these materials via Interfolio. Review of applications will begin April 29, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Professor Neil Gross:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, political beliefs, veteran or military status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, physical or mental disability unrelated to the job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law.


Working at Colby College 

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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