Monday, May 2, 2016

UDenver Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In) Equality (IRISE) offering two-year postdoctoral research fellow: Applications due May 9

The IRISE postdoctoral fellowship will provide opportunities to conduct environmental justice research with a fully-equipped Geographical Information Systems (GIS) laboratory, as well as access to robust documentary and archival collections, local government officials, community activists, and policy institutes, including the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy. In addition to post-dissertation research support, the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work with mentors toward providing a nucleus for a continued scholarly collaboration, interact with the faculty and graduate students in each of the sponsoring departments and divisions, and receive clerical and research support sufficient to allow the completion of a major research product during his or her time at DU. The fellow will spend the majority of time engaged in independent research, scholarship, community engagement or creative work under the guidance of departmental faculty members. Fellows will also be expected to be active in the DU community of scholars engaged in research and teaching relating to the study of inequality and environmental justice locally and nationally. Fellows will teach one course in their specialty the first year and two courses in their specialty the second year. The successful candidate will also be expected to attend and contribute to a weekly seminar and support other initiatives of the IRISE, such as promotion of conferences and symposia.

Position Summary

The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In) Equality or IRISE is seeking a two-year postdoctoral research fellow beginning September 1, 2016. We are seeking candidates who are capable of bringing together insights from the disciplines of geography, social work, law, and/or a related field to the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between racial, ethnic, and socio-economic inequality and decisions about environmental justice in United States and around the world. The fellow will be housed in the Center for Sustainability at the University of Denver, with co-supervision and mentorship by faculty from Geography & the Environment, Social Work, the Center for Sustainability as well as the Sturm College of Laws Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and Community Economic Development Clinic. DU faculty members from these departments will provide guidance and support throughout the fellowship period. The ideal candidate would have training or a strong interest in environmental justice and interdisciplinary academic endeavors. Candidates should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. We do not expect the candidate to have experience in all areas of the fellowship, as training will be provided by the mentors. In addition, because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of inequality, we especially encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups. The appointment term is September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017; however, the initial term may be renewed for an additional year.

Essential Functions

  • Teach one advanced undergraduate course in year one and two courses, including an interdisciplinary graduate class, in year two.
  • Participate in a quarterly educational inequities research group and colloquiums for the DU campus as part of the IRISE lecture series.
  • Participate in campus-wide forums exploring questions of compositional diversity and inclusive excellence at DU and the broader academy.
  • Present research findings to interdisciplinary academic audiences and community partners.
  • Document and memorialize the various efforts and initiatives at DU that are related to environmental justice and sustainability in order to help advance the interdisciplinary work in these related fields.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD, SJD, or JD in Geography, Environmental Science, Urban Planning, American Studies, Social Work, Law or a related field.
  • Completed all requirements for terminal degree by June 30, 2016.

No more than 3 years from the awarding of degree (i.e., September 2013) To apply, please complete the on-line application at and attach the following:

  • a letter of application (including a statement of research and teaching interests)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • reference listing (minimum of three (3) references)

Candidates must apply online to be considered, only applications submitted online will be accepted.  Once within the job description online, please click "New Resume/CV" at the bottom of the page to begin application.

The online application must be completed and submitted no later than 6:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time on May 9, 2016. Inquiries about this position can be made to search co-chair, Fred Cheever (

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