Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellow

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Named after former Miami Professor Heanon Wilkins, the Heanon 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), some funding 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 academic year appointment, Wilkins Fellows conduct research and enjoy a minimum of a one-course reduction in teaching load per semester.

Candidates should be external to Miami and 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 each fall semester.
  • Applicants should apply via the Miami application system before January 15. 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 may be requested later in process. 

Selection Procedure

  1. Screening of applications begins in February 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.

  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 May 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.

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 limited 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 1-2 additional years.


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