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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Dialogue and Deliberation

Date Posted: 02/22/21

Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse, an interdisciplinary dialogue and deliberation program at Wabash College, and the Wabash College Rhetoric Department are pleased to announce a two-year, post-doctoral Fellowship in Dialogue and Deliberation to begin July 1, 2021. The area of concentration is open; however, the candidate’s teaching and research must connect with the intersections of dialogue and deliberation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. PhD preferred, ABD considered.

Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse (WDPD) is an undergraduate research and practice program that trains students to research, design, and facilitate public dialogue and deliberations on a range of issues. The post-doctoral fellow will join an enthusiastic team of a faculty director, program associate staff member, and undergraduate research Democracy Fellows. WDPD has partnered with campus organizations and communities to host dialogues and deliberations on topics relating to race, diversity, equity, and inclusion. WDPD has also hosted community conversations on a wide range of topics including economic development, community planning, poverty, public health, and public engagement of science. 

The successful candidate will contribute to the mission of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse: to teach constructive practices of engagement and communication on topics of public problems; to stimulate productive public discourse on campus and in the community through informed discussion, debate, and deliberation; develop civic leadership through participation in public life; and promote the free speech rights and responsibilities for every individual in the marketplace of ideas.

The post-doctoral fellowship will have the following responsibilities:

  • 1/3 time teaching. The fellow will teach a 1-1 courseload in the Rhetoric Department, which will include RHE Public Speaking and RHE Deliberation & Democracy. Opportunities may exist for teaching an elective in the second year of the fellowship.
  • 1/3 time administrative service in Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse. The fellow will supervise and mentor undergraduate students on dialogue and deliberation projects relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in the community.
  • 1/3 time research. The fellow will engage in research relating to dialogue and deliberation, as negotiated with the Director of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse. The dedicated time to research is expected to result in outputs such as a public humanities project and/or co-authored scholarly publications.

Strong applicants will have an appreciation for the broad intellectual community of a liberal arts college and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate mentoring and teaching. Candidates with a commitment to teaching diverse students are especially invited to apply: in 2020, Wabash proudly celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Malcolm X Center of Black Studies; approximately one-third of our students are Pell grant recipients; and one-third of our students are first-generation college students.

Wabash College offers competitive salary and benefits, including generous funding for professional development. Wabash College does not provide H-1B or other immigration case sponsorship for short-term visiting positions. Crawfordsville, Indiana, is located about 50 miles west of Indianapolis and about 70 miles north of Bloomington, Indiana.

Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Sara Drury, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Director of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse, at Review of applications will begin March 10, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Wabash College, a liberal arts college for men, seeks faculty and staff committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful diversity experiences that prepare students for life and leadership in a multicultural global world. We welcome applications from persons of all backgrounds. EOE.

This institution offers benefits to domestic partners.


Ms. Pam Sacco
Academic Administrative Coordinator
Wabash College
P.O. Box 352
Crawfordsville, IN 47933


For general questions about the position or the department, contact:

Dr. Sara Drury
Associate Professor of Rhetoric



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