Scholar-in-ResidenceDate Posted: 05/27/21
Wabash College, a liberal arts college for men located in Crawfordsville, Indiana, seeks applicants for a Scholar-in-Residence position. The Scholar-in-Residence is an academic-year residential fellowship that supports full-time research and publication for a scholar. The disciplinary field, project design, and research approach are open. Successful applicants will have an interest in engaging with our students and participating in the intellectual life of the College during the fellowship term and will propose a project that contributes to one or more of these vital conversations on the future of residential higher education:
- Residential liberal arts colleges and the success of first-generation students, students of color, and/or students from low-income families (“new majority” students)
- Liberal arts curriculum and new majority student success
- Men and masculinities
- Men and mental health and/or mental health on campus
- Minority student engagement and belonging at predominantly White institutions
- Community engagement in higher education, especially in rural communities
Wabash has begun a strategic transformation to advance the success of its first-generation students, students of color, and students from low-income families. To support this work, Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded Wabash a five-year Charting the Future grant to build a wide range of strategies and programs to promote the success of these new majority students. Wabash will use funds from the grant, titled “Restoring Hope, Restoring Trust,” to support the Scholar-in-Residence, who will be an important interlocutor for our campus as we expand our own work in these areas.
Wabash has designated additional grant funding for curricular and extra-curricular engagement with community-based organizations and K-12 schools; community-engaged artists-in-residence; cultural programming through our Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies; peer tutoring and mentoring for academic success; faculty development for designing inclusive syllabi; and the expansion and dissemination of research on Black cultural contributions to the State of Indiana. The Scholar-in-Residence may have research interests that contribute to these additional areas of grant focus, though such alignment is not a requirement for full consideration.
This position provides salary, benefits, private office space, relocation costs, and a small fund to support research, travel, and related needs. Salary will be commensurate with experience. While the primary focus of the position is the research project, the Scholar-in-Residence will also contribute to campus conversations on student success and sense of belonging in one or more of the following ways: a lecture series, a campus or community-based project that Wabash can later sustain, one undergraduate course (or co-taught course), and/or interaction with students and faculty on high-impact practices that promote student persistence and success. Applicants are invited in their proposals to offer other ideas for how they might contribute to our campus conversations. Wabash will take meaningful steps towards its goal of expanding student success by learning together with the Scholar-in-Residence.
Wabash is home to the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. Approximately 30% of our students are federal Pell Grant recipients, one-third of our students are first-generation college students, and 17% of our students identify as domestic students of color. Wabash is a member of the USC Race and Equity Center’s Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, a top-60 Liberal Arts College according to U.S. News, and a member of Colleges That Change Lives. Its 87-member faculty is ranked No. 4 nationally for accessibility by the Princeton Review. Additionally, the Center of Inquiry, which led the Wabash National Study and is home to the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS), is located on the Wabash campus. Many students, staff, and faculty find the close-knit community of the residential college one of the most rewarding aspects of their time here.
Applicants should have a terminal degree in their academic field. The academic rank of the applicant is open, though candidates should have a demonstrated record of supporting student success and diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
To apply, go to www.wabash.edu/employment and click the “Apply Now” button. The application dossier should consist of:
- A cover letter describing interest in the position and interest in residential higher education, as well as the contributions the scholar can offer the campus while in residence (e.g., lecture series, teaching or co-teaching, community engagement project);
- A curriculum vitae (not to exceed 10 pages);
- A proposal for the research project with projected time line; and
- Two letters of reference that address the scholar’s contributions to the field.
Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Jill Lamberton, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on June 14, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date is Fall Semester 2021, though we will accommodate the successful candidate’s leave time with their home institution.
Wabash seeks faculty and staff who are committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful experiences that prepare students for life and leadership in a diverse, multicultural world. Wabash is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds.
Contact:Ms. Amber King
Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the College
Dean of the College
P.O. Box 352
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
For general questions about the position or the department, contact:Dr. Jill Lamberton
Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dean of the College
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