Call for Applications, Ida B. Wells-Barnett Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at DePaul University

Published on: 2017-06-09

DePaul University is a private university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded by the Vincentians in 1898, the university takes its name from the 17th-century French priest Saint Vincent de Paul. In 1998, it became the largest Catholic university by enrollment in the United States. Following in the footsteps of its founders, DePaul places special emphasis on recruiting first-generation students and others from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Full-time Faculty Positions
Full-time faculty positions will be posted on a per-opening basis. Postings are organized by college/school and department. Applicants will be evaluated at the college/school level for the position which they are submitting an application.  Unless noted by a close date, positions will remain open until they are filled. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Part-time Faculty Opportunities
DePaul University invites expressions of interest for a pool of qualified Part Time Faculty to teach courses in a variety of disciplines across all 10 colleges and schools. Individuals may enter expressions of interest by submitting their credentials to any posting for which they are qualified to teach. Postings are organized by college/school and department.  Screening of individuals in the pool is ongoing, depending on curricular need and funding.  Individuals will be contacted by the department if they reach the finalist stage for teaching a particular course or set of courses. The pool will remain in place until the closing date specified in the posting details; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond that time must resubmit.  All individuals in the pool will be notified by email when the posting is closed.


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The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Post Doctoral Teaching Fellowship reflects the University’s Vincentian mission, which includes a scholarly commitment to the areas of race, equality, social justice and advocacy for historically oppressed and underserved populations. The Vincentian mission also reinforces and is reinforced by the principles that informed Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s (1862-1931) advocacy of civil and human rights for African Americans. Almost four decades of her life and work were spent in Chicago, deeply impacting the political and social life of the city and its Black citizens. She stood on a platform of anti-racist social justice, using her pen and her voice to keep issues of injustice in public discourse as well as in the mass and popular media.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett fellows are expected to teach three courses total. The fellowship is housed in DePaul’s African and Black Diaspora Studies Program (ABD). While housed in ABD, these courses should also draw upon interdisciplinary approaches.

Fellows will also be expected to present their research to the DePaul and local community and participate meaningfully in the life of the African and Black Diaspora Studies Program, its students, and the affiliated Center for Black Diaspora. The individual who fills this position will also have opportunities to work with faculty in other departments and programs, centers and institutes at DePaul.

Appointment of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett teaching fellow will be for the academic year 2017-2018. The fellowship may be extended for a second year, based on review and budget availability. DePaul University will provide the fellow with office space and modest funds for travel and research. This is also a benefits-eligible position.

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate’s scholarship will substantially and meaningfully reflect Wells-Barnett’s spirit of advocacy. Eligibility is restricted to those who have received their PhD no earlier than 2013. Applicants should have a strong and clearly defined research agenda.

All applications must be completed on-line and should include a letter of interest [cover letter], a current curriculum vita, course proposals, including sample syllabi for two undergraduate courses, a statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. When possible, candidates should also include evaluations of one’s teaching by either students or peers. Specific courses to be taught will be ultimately be determined in dialogue with the department. Teaching experience in a higher education setting is strongly preferred.

Review of applications will occur beginning July 5, 2017. All evaluations made in connection with applications received are confidential.

Below you will find the details for the posting including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening or submitting your interest in teaching.  To apply for the position, please click

Required Documents
  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Research Statement
  5. Reference Contact Info
  6. Syllabi
Optional Documents
  1. Publication 1
  2. Publication 2
  3. Publication 3
  4. Teaching Evaluations
  5. Writing Sample 1
  6. Writing Sample 2
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