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Job no: 492489
Work type: Faculty
Location: Gambier, OH
The Five Colleges of Ohio and The Ohio State University are pleased to announce the extension of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Languages through 2018-19. The program is designed for recent recipients of the doctoral degree in languages from The Ohio State University who wish to engage in a teaching and research experience in the liberal arts. In 2015-2018, the grant funded postdoctoral positions at Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the College of Wooster. A one-year program extension in the 2018-19 academic year will fund multiple one-year postdoctoral positions.
This joint endeavor is important to the liberal arts colleges and their research university partner because of the extensive, tangible benefits it will provide to faculty and students, both during the grant period and afterwards. The postdoctoral fellows will become familiar with higher education in a liberal arts context, build a substantive teaching and research portfolio, and join a thriving intellectual community. The Five Colleges of Ohio institutions will be able to rely on the postdoctoral fellows to strengthen curricula, introduce innovations, and enrich extracurricular offerings. All language faculty from the Ohio Five and Ohio State will be able to build stronger relationships with colleagues that will, in turn, pave the way for new on-campus and inter-institutional collaborations and exchange programs.
The extension will also include a pilot in distance language instruction in Chinese that the postdoctoral fellow will help lead, with support from resident faculty in advanced Chinese on four campuses. This search will identify the fellow that will be shared between Kenyon College and Denison University, with the fellow resident at Kenyon.
Mellon Language Fellows Program Description
Eligibility Requirements. Applicants for this position must have received the PhD degree from The Ohio State University no earlier than January 1, 2015 and no later than July 1, 2018. Those who do not have the PhD in hand by the time of application should note the expected date of completion in the application cover letter. The position extends from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
Expectations. Postdoctoral fellows will typically teach three courses during the year, up to two of which will be offered as a distance course in advanced Chinese between the Kenyon and Denison campuses. One of the courses may be team-taught with a faculty member. As an example, teaching assignments might follow this pattern: semester 1: one course, semester 2: two courses. This will allow fellows to build their teaching portfolio while leaving time for research.
The goals of the fellows program are:
To strengthen existing programs by creating student interest and building the curriculum.
To broaden, transform, or update the curriculum in an existing language program.
To expand the curriculum with the explicit goal of building cross-departmental bridges.
To build consortial courses with the goal of finding efficiencies and sharing resources.
The grant will provide training and support for the postdoctoral fellow in implementing the distance course. A four-college Chinese faculty group will lead the project, mentor the fellow, and possibly team-teach the new distance course. In summer 2018, the fellow will receive training at the Ohio State University Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in distance learning technology techniques and will participate in a site visit, with members of the Five Colleges Chinese faculty, to a college involved in distance courses. In keeping with the mission of the participating liberal arts colleges, the fellow will also lead co-curricular activities on the remote campus, including activities such as language tables, cultural events, and other language-related activities; the grant will fund travel between the two campuses for teaching and co-curricular programs.
At the discretion of the host department, a course might be exchanged for another responsibility of a comparable time commitment that would enhance the fellow's professional profile (e.g., undertaking substantial outreach activities such as mentoring a cohort of undergraduate language majors, conducting writers' workshops, organizing undergraduate and/or faculty research forums, coordinating campus colloquia, planning and implementing a film series, running a technology assistance workshop series, or leading undergraduate research projects).
Compensation. The salary will be $50,000 plus comprehensive benefits as offered by the host institution.. The Ohio State University will offer professional development funds up to $2,500/year for research, travel to conferences, memberships, and other approved expenses.
Mentoring. The postdoctoral fellow will be assigned a faculty mentor from the host college. Mentoring will include help with teaching (class observations, building syllabi, creating assignments), assistance with research (placing articles and preparing for conferences), and an introduction into professional academic life at a liberal arts college.
Research. The fellow is expected to dedicate significant time and energy to scholarship. The fellow will give at least one public presentation on their research at the host campus and be encouraged to build an intellectual community with colleagues at the other colleges working in related fields.
Intellectual Integration. The fellow is expected to participate in the intellectual and cultural life on the host campus through reading and research groups, class visits, seminars, and guest speakers and are also encouraged to take advantage of the cultural, athletic, and other extracurricular offerings of a small college.
Consortial Gatherings. The fellow, PhD advisors, and host mentor will have the opportunity to gather once or twice a year to discuss matters related to teaching, research, and the ins and outs of an academic career (publishing, the job market, etc.). These gatherings will take place as part of the orientation and professional development activities.
Application and Selection Process
During the spring semester of 2018, the fellow will be selected by the following process:
Starting in February, interested, eligible Ohio State University candidates will submit application materials through the Kenyon College employment website at http://careers.kenyon.edu
On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, language departments at the Ohio Five institutions will begin to review applications and select postdoctoral candidates that match their needs. Applications completed before March 7 will receive full consideration.
Selected candidates will be invited to visit the prospective host campus to interview and learn more about the college and the language department faculty and students.
The colleges will extend job offers to successful candidates.
A complete application will contain the following materials:
Personal information, educational history, employment experience.
Cover letter to include
Full name and contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone).
Graduate department, language competencies, and thesis topic.
Date (or expected date) of PhD.
An explanation of how a postdoc position at a small liberal arts college will benefit you and how you will contribute to the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college.
Names, titles, affiliation/place of employment, and email addresses for three references.
Teaching Statement to include experience, interests (i.e., undergraduate courses you would be able to teach at the Five Colleges), your personal teaching philosophy, and any previous experience in designing or teaching a language course using distance learning technology.
Research Statement to include experience and interests (i.e., research and scholarship you plan to pursue, both individually and that would be appropriate for a faculty-student collaboration).
Questions may be directed to:
Glenn Martinez, Director, Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (CLLC) at The Ohio State University: firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-292-4361
Sarah Kahrl, Executive Director, The Five Colleges of Ohio: email@example.com or 440-775-5000
Advertised: 08 Feb 2018 Eastern Standard Time
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