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Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellows/Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor

Apply now Job no: 501136
Department: Provost & VP for Acad Affairs
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Faculty
Categories: Teaching
Status: Full Time
Temporary: Yes

Job Title:

Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellows/Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor

Job Summary:

Provost & VP for Academic Affairs: Miami University’s Heanon Wilkins Fellows program recruits annual cohorts of up to ten (10) scholars whose interests align with Miami’s core values of diversity and community with a particular commitment to inclusive excellence. Heanon Wilkins Fellows are paired with dedicated mentoring and intentional preparation for a career in higher education, ideally as member of Miami’s permanent staff or faculty. In 2022-23, we have 3-5 returning fellows and space to add up to 5-7 more.

This program is named after Dr. Heanon Wilkins, Miami University's first full-time African-American faculty member. A distinguished professor of Spanish, Portuguese, and Black World Studies, Dr. Wilkins is an enduring and inspirational example of Miami’s teacher-scholar faculty, having received Miami's highest honors in teaching, research, and service. Honoring his impressive legacy, we hope to recruit cohorts of excellent future faculty with a commitment to fostering diversity in higher education to Miami through this program.

Each academic year, we publish a call for applicants whose area(s) of expertise align with areas of expected need in the next two years. Based upon successful annual performance evaluations, fellows will be invited to continue in continuing-contract eligible librarian or faculty positions (including tenure-eligible) as available. This posting is for those interested in pursuing a faculty position. If you are interested in applying as a librarian, please apply, instead, to posting #501139.

We welcome scholars from all disciplines to apply as faculty fellows. We are particularly interested in scholars who will deepen our campus’ interdisciplinary research strength around sustainability and environmental justice. This can include, but is not limited to, those in natural sciences; politics, law and public policy; psychology; critical race and ethnic studies; media, journalism and film; computer science; software engineering; and cybersecurity.

The fellowship is for a minimum of one academic year (9-month faculty appointment) with a strong possibility of reappointment. Faculty fellows have reduced teaching responsibilities in order to foster a vibrant research program. All fellows engage in mentoring and career development; and participate in discussions on inclusive pedagogy and diversity organized by the Offices of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required: Miami University welcomes early-career candidates who will have completed a doctorate or terminal degree no later than December 31, 2023 and not more than four years prior to the August 2023 appointment date.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States on a fulltime and indefinite basis.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of proposed research (one to five pages) indicating area or discipline, statement of teaching philosophy, and sample scholarship, and a 1-page diversity statement addressing how you are prepared to work in an environment with people from cultures and environments different from your own. Discuss your contributions (or potential contributions) to the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Letters of recommendation may be requested from the references listed in the application and do not have to be included at the time of application; the dissertation advisor should be one of those references. Inquiries may be directed to Dana Cox at

Diversity Statement:

Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
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Date to Begin Screening Applicants:

Screening of applications begins January 2, 2023 and will continue on a rolling basis until all fellowships are filled.


A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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