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Call for Applicants: WKU Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2018-2019

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the attached description of Western Kentucky University’s Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The university is seeking applicants for two one-year fellowships, each with the potential for a second year. This is a university-wide search. The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU would like to particularly encourage minority candidates from anthropology to apply for these fellowships. Kindly distribute the attached position description to those who have completed or will complete their doctoral degrees between August 15, 2017 and August 15, 2018. Per the university administration, eligible candidates include those in the following IPEDS (nces.ed.gov/ipeds/Section/definitions) race and ethnicity categories: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/ Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or those of bi/multi-racial identity.


Review of applications will begin on January 12, 2018. Because we are not directly involved in the application or search process, we ask that candidates in anthropology notify us upon application so that we can communicate our support for anthropology candidates with the search committee. Please contact Dr. Darlene Applegate, Head of the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, at darlene.applegate@wku.edu to notify us or ask questions.

The Anthropology Program in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology offers an undergraduate major and minor with about 80-100 students. Our program emphasizes holistic, four-field training and experiential learning to prepare students for careers and graduate programs in anthropology and related fields. Anthropology majors complete one of four concentrations in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and cultural resource management. The program is delivered by four full-time, tenure-eligible faculty and part-time instructors. Program resources include the Anthropology Lab, with extensive teaching and research collections and equipment, and the Ethnographic Video Production Lab, with audio-video recording and editing equipment.

Details about the requirements and the online application process for the Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program may be found in the attached notice. Should an anthropologist be selected for a fellowship, our expectation is that the fellow will have both teaching and research responsibilities, the latter of which may encompass academic or applied work and ideally would involve engagement with anthropology students. 

Please see the attached announcement here as well: WKU_Minority_Postdoc_Fellow_Announce.docx

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