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Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellow

Professor Emeritus Heanon Wilkins was Miami University’s first full-time African-American faculty member.  A distinguished professor of Spanish, Portuguese, and Black World Studies, Professor Wilkins received Miami’s highest honors in teaching, research, and service and we honor him with the Wilkins Fellows program.

The Wilkins Fellows program provides a culturally diverse faculty member with mentoring, a salary equivalent to that of a Miami University faculty member at the same rank (instructor or visiting assistant professor), $4000 for research-related expenses, the potential of obtaining a future tenure-track faculty position at Miami University, and an opportunity to live and work in a welcoming community of enthusiastic scholars. During the 15-week (one semester) or 9-month (two-semester, full academic year) appointment, Wilkins Fellows conduct research and enjoy a one-course reduction in teaching load per semester.


Miami University welcomes candidates who have nearly completed (e.g., ABD) or completed their doctorate or equivalent degree within four years of the August appointment date. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, temporary resident (admitted for residence as an applicant under the 1986 immigration amnesty law), refugee or asylee. Desirable qualifications include the ability to contribute in significant ways to Miami’s diversity-related initiatives.


Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of proposed research (one to five pages) indicating area or discipline, and sample of scholarly work addressed to Dr. Carolyn Haynes via email to by the beginning of March.

Three letters of reference are required, including one from the dissertation advisor. Screening of applications begins at the beginning of March each year. Decisions are typically made by the beginning of June.

Miami University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with smoke-free campuses offering full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Women and members of ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Right to Know – Consumer Information:  hard copy available upon request.

Process of Selection:

  1. Screening of applications begins at the beginning of March each year. Initial screening is conducted by the Office of Provost to ensure that all components of application are submitted and basic qualifications are met.
  2. Office of Provost sends applications to the appropriate academic dean. In the case of applicants whose work cuts across two academic divisions, the application will be forwarded to both academic deans for their consideration.
  3. The dean reviews the applications and identifies those applicants who are of high quality and meet a need of the academic division. Dean forwards appropriate applications to department chair and/or program director.
  4. Chair and/or director confers with faculty and makes decision on viability of applicant. Chair/director follows the departmental search procedures used for visiting assistant professors.
  5. Chair/director makes recommendation to dean.
  6. If dean approves, the dean forwards the recommendation to the Office of the Provost.
  7. Final decisions by the dean are typically made by the beginning of June.
  8. Office of the Provost sends the appointment letters to the candidates in June.

Additional Information:

The academic division compensates the Heanon Wilkins fellow at the salary equivalent to visiting assistant professors or instructors.

Departments should follow the procedures for selecting Heanon Wilkins fellows that they usually employ for visiting assistant professors or instructors.

The Office of the Provost provides the professional development funds which should be used for research-related expenses, such as books, lab equipment, computer equipment, travel to make a conference presentation or to conduct fieldwork.

The appointment for the Heanon Wilkins fellowship is one year. In rare circumstances, the fellowship may be extended for one additional year.

The typical teaching load for Heanon Wilkins fellows is a 3-3 load.