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Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellows

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 members of Miami’s permanent staff or faculty. 

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 librarian or faculty positions (including tenure-eligible) as available.

We welcome scholars from all disciplines to apply as faculty fellows. For the 2024 cohort 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 social entrepreneurship, public health, data analytics, natural sciences; politics, law and public policy; psychology; media, journalism and film. We are also seeking scholars in computer science and cybersecurity.

The fellowship is for a minimum of one academic year (9-month faculty appointment/12-month resident librarian 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. 

Miami University welcomes early-career candidates who will have completed a doctorate or terminal degree no later than December 2024 and not more than four years prior to the August 2024 appointment date.

Application Procedure

  • The job advertisement is posted via the Miami application system. The application requires a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 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 are not required.
  • Screening of applications for the 2024 cohort begins October 30, 2023 and will continue on a rolling basis.
  • Please contact Brooke Flinders, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, with questions or for more information.

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