FEATURED JOB: Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate - Colonial Latin American History - University of Illinois - Chicago

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Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate - Colonial Latin American History

University of Illinois - Chicago

UIC’s Department of History seeks to hire a scholar of colonial Latin American history for a Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate position. Area of specialization is open, but the department is especially eager to review applications from scholars whose research examines early Indigenous and Black histories of Latin America to support our growing department strengths in the study of slavery and colonialism. Scholars of pre-contact societies, Indigenous or African slaveries, and scholars who specialize in studies of encounter and resistance are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to support our Latin American history program which includes eventually training graduate students in Latin American history.

The position is funded by UIC’s Bridge to Faculty (B2F) Postdoctoral Program, a university initiative designed to increase faculty diversity at UIC by recruiting and retaining scholars from historically underrepresented groups. Subject to satisfactory performance and University approval, the successful candidate may be re-appointed for one additional year as a postdoctoral scholar. Successful postdocs in the Bridge-to-the-Faculty program can transition to tenure-track faculty at UIC starting in the 2025-2026 academic year. The Department of History has a successful track record of transitioning B2F Postdoctoral Research Associates to tenure-track positions after the conclusion of the two-year postdoc.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will have access to institutional and departmental initiatives specifically designed to support assistant professors headed to the tenure-track. This unique opportunity provides a structure for postdocs to be mentored to assist them in building a successful teaching portfolio and program of research.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Teach one course during the second year of the fellowship
  • Complete any necessary postdoctoral research in order to prepare their dissertation for publication
  • Prepare an article or book chapter for submission to a peer-reviewed journal or university-press anthology
  • Attend professional conferences



Minimum Qualifications
A PhD in History or related historical discipline filed by August 15, 2023, but no earlier than August 15, 2019.


To Apply:
Applicants should submit materials to https://jobs.uic.edu.

Applications should include:

1. A cover letter that includes information about the scholar's research and teaching interests as well as consideration of how the applicant will further the University's goal of building a diverse educational environment.
2. A full curriculum vitae (CV)
3. The names and email addresses of three academic references (a short list of candidates will be required to have three referees send letters of reference)
4. A writing sample no longer than 30 pages (e.g. a sample chapter or article)

Located in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities in the United States, UIC is a comprehensive urban public research (R1) university with a diverse student body and a strong tradition of support for difference and equality. Part of the University of Illinois land-grant higher education system, UIC is among the nation’s top five most-diverse campuses; it is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).  Roughly 60% of UIC’s undergraduate students are Pell Grant eligible and 70% receive financial aid. See https://oae.uic.edu/resources/diversity-resources/ for more about Diversity at UIC.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

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Contact Info: 

For information about the Department of History, go to https://hist.uic.edu/.  Inquiries can be sent via email to Prof. Jennifer Brier, chair of the search committee, at: jbrier@uic.edu.  For full consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2022

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