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Postdoctoral Scholars Social Sciences and Humanities, 2013-14 (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, University of South Florida

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Global Change in a Dynamic World
AOS categories Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 6
Location Tampa, Florida, United States
Start date August 5th, 2013
Job description

The University of South Florida has embarked on an ambitious program to enhance its rising stature as a pre-eminent research university with state, national and global impact, and position itself for membership in the Association of American Universities through:

  1. Expanding world-class interdisciplinary research, creative and scholarly endeavors; 
  2. promoting globally competitive programs in teaching and research; 
  3. expanding local and global engagement initiatives to strengthen sustainable and healthy communities; and 
  4. enhancing revenue through external support.   

Details are available in the USF Strategic Plan (http://www.ods.usf.edu/plans/strategic/).

As part of this initiative, the University of South Florida is pleased to announce the fifth year of its Postdoctoral Scholars program in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The over-arching theme for this year’s scholars is Global Change in a Dynamic World. Potential themes include (but are not limited to) sustainability; sustainable development; hazard and disaster management; climate change; population changes; technology and information issues; communication and language development; cultural diasporas; ethnicity, gender, and aging issues; cultural heritage and histories; citizenship; identity; health, economic, education, and environmental disparities; political economy; ethics; human rights; animal rights; peace and conflict studies; injury and violence; security and surveillance issues. Specific research and geographical areas are open, and applicants may consider both past and contemporary perspectives.

Postdoctoral Scholars will:

  1. contribute to one or more of the priority goals of the strategic plan; 
  2. work closely with distinguished faculty; 
  3. participate in an interdisciplinary project with the cohort of postdoctoral scholars; 
  4. teach two courses over a twelve-month period; and 
  5. continue to build an independent research record and engage in publishing refereed articles and creative scholarship.  

Postdoctoral Scholars

At least six twelve-month postdoctoral scholarships will be awarded in 2013-14 with appointments beginning August 5th, 2013. Appointments are for full time employment (40 hours per week) and will be continued for a maximum of 2 years contingent upon satisfactory performance. The salary is $40,000 per year and the University contributes to a health insurance program for postdoctoral scholars and their dependents (up to $6,000). Support for travel to academic conferences will also be available. Scholars will be responsible for relocation and housing expenses. 


Applicants must have a doctoral degree in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology; Communication; English; Geography, Environment and Planning; Government and International Affairs; History; Philosophy; Sociology, or an affiliated program, earned no earlier than 2010. Candidates who will have successfully defended their dissertations by May 1, 2013 will also be considered, however the doctoral degree must have been conferred prior to the first day of employment. Note: applicants must have received their doctoral degree from an institution other than the University of South Florida.  


Letters of application and supporting material must include the following:

  • A cover letter stating your interest in this Postdoctoral Initiative. It must provide details on (i) how your research and teaching expertise would contribute to the theme of Global Change in a Dynamic Worldand the goals and aspirations of the USF Strategic Plan (http://www.ods.usf.edu/plans/strategic/); (ii) the department or departments with which you would like to be affiliated; (iii) your teaching experience and courses that you would like to offer; and (iv) your long-term goals,  
  • A Curriculum Vitae,
  • Two letters of reference,
  • Scanned copies of up to three of your published papers/scholarly works or book chapters (maximum of 3), and
  • Scanned copies of current academic transcript from all degree awarding institutions. **
  • Copies of teaching evaluations.

Send all application materials to the email address below. 

Final application submission deadline is Friday December 7, 2012

How to apply
Application type Unknown (see text above)
Hard deadline December 7, 2012, 11:59pm EST
Web address for more information http://www.grad.usf.edu/provostinitiative2013.php
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Time created September 29, 2012, 6:35pm EST
Scheduled expiry date December 7, 2012, 11:59pm EST
Expired on December 7, 2012, 11:59pm EST
Last updated October 4, 2012, 7:05pm EST
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