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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Race & Urban Spatial Justice
University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
Date Posted 11/13/2020
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Application Deadline Open until filled


The Department of Geography and the Environment, The University of Texas at Austin seeks applicants for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Urban Geography with an emphasis on racial and spatial justice. We seek applicants whose research engages the intersections of racism with gender, class, ethnicity, coloniality and/or indigeneity. Areas of interest may include sustainable/resilient cities, migration, green growth, urban austerity, diverse non-capitalist urban economies, climate justice, environmental racism, gentrification and displacement, environmental health, youth organizing, the informal sector, degrowth and commoning, and decolonial/ abolitionist futures. Our faculty has a long tradition of conducting field research in international settings. We welcome applicants whose research complements this tradition, and which may be focused in the US, internationally or transnationally. Primarily we seek applicants that extend our current disciplinary and regional foci and our departmental mission “to contribute to a more just and sustainable world” (https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/geography/). The fellowship includes the possibility of transition into a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT-Austin (commencing 2023).

UT-Austin Early Career Fellowship Program

The fellowship is part of our new Provost’s Early Career Fellowship Program at UT-Austin. https://provost.utexas.edu/2020/09/25/provost-launches-new-early-career-fellowship-program/ .

At UT Austin, we are committed to building a vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars. If you are an early career researcher, postdoctoral fellow or graduating PhD student interested in pursuing an independent academic career, the UT Austin Provost’s Early Career program could be ideal for you.

This training program is designed to allow you to develop and pursue research and teaching topics upon which you can build a future academic career. Join a broad community committed to fostering your independent career growth in research, teaching, and scholarship. The program will enable you to build a network of emerging scholars like yourself and benefit from the mentorship of top faculty in your field.

As a Provost’s Early Career Fellow, you will join an energetic community of other incoming fellows training in different departments across the university.  In the Department of Geography and the Environment, we have designed a two-year program where two postdoctoral fellows will be mentored in all the different dimensions that make an assistant tenure- track professor successful. The position integrates varied peer and faculty mentoring throughout the two-year period. Fellows will teach one upper division undergraduate course related to their interest, and serving the urban studies major.

During year 1, activities will include orientation to lab/ research groups in the department, guest speaker-sessions and participation in the National Center for Development and Diversity, and faculty-fellow mentoring on article publication, grant writing and other areas of academic preparation within the department. You will be working with an assigned mentor in a related unit on campus (e.g. African and African Diaspora Studies, Mexican American and Latinx Studies, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies) In year 1 you will workshop an article/ manuscript/ body of work with 1-2 pre-eminent scholars in their field. In year 2, the fellow will teach 1 upper-division undergraduate course in urban studies/ sustainability studies major and receive mentorship on preparing for, and succeeding on, the academic job market.  Throughout the duration of the program, you will also participate in university-wide training provided by the Provost’s Office to further develop the skills to build a unique research and teaching portfolio.

The funding package that Fellows receive includes a competitive stipend, fringe benefits, relocation funds, travel funds, and discretionary research funds.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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