Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellow

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Miami University’s Heanon Wilkins Fellows program recruits annual cohorts of up to ten (10) culturally diverse scholars with a strong interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member, pairing them with dedicated mentoring and intentional preparation for a career in higher education, ideally as a tenure-eligible faculty member at Miami University.

This program is named after former Miami Professor 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 to Miami through this program.

The Fellowship is for a minimum of one full academic year (9-month faculty appointment) with a strong possibility of reappointment. Heanon Wilkins Fellows have reduced teaching responsibilities in order to foster a vibrant research program, engage in mentoring and career development, and the opportunity to engage with highly accomplished teacher-scholar faculty colleagues and Miami’s impressive students. The Fellows program is designed to prepare individuals to be highly competitive in future faculty searches (tenure track or teaching/clinical professor or lecturer (TCPL) positions), especially those we anticipate at Miami University.

Each academic year, we publish a call for Fellows applicants whose area(s) of expertise align with areas of expected need in the next two years. While we encourage applications from scholars from all disciplines, in 2022 we are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in the following areas:

  • Biological and Physical Sciences (all disciplines and areas welcome)
  • English (African American literature; African American and/or Latino/a/x rhetoric; poetry; or linguistics with a specialty in African American, and/or Latinx discourse and/or dialect)
  • Criminology and Social Justice
  • Engineering (all disciplines encouraged)
  • Computer Science (all areas of expertise encouraged)
  • Farmer School of Business (all disciplines encouraged)
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant
  • Arts Management/Administration
  • Music Education (focus on Choral instruction)
  • Emerging Technology in Business and Design (Game Design, e-sports)
  • Public Health
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • Sports Leadership and Management (Sociocultural Aspects of Sport)

Candidate should have nearly (e.g., ABD) or fully completed their doctorate or equivalent terminal 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.

Application Procedure

  • The job advertisement is posted via the Miami application system. The application requires a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a diversity statement, a statement of proposed research (one to five pages) indicating area or discipline, and sample of scholarly work.
  • Three references are required including one from the dissertation adviser. Letters do not need to be present at the time of application and will be requested later in the process.
  • In 2022, applications will be reviewed starting April 18, 2022.

Selection Procedure

  1. 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.

  3. The dean reviews the applications and identifies those applicants who are of high quality and whose research interests align with the divisional hiring plans. 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 and Provost are typically made by June 1.

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. For more information, see: Consumer Information for Families and Employees.


Please contact Dr. Dana Cox, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, with questions or for more information.