The College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, DC is pleased to announce two Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity to begin in Fall 2019. These positions are designed to support the development of early-career scholars who show promise of distinguished research careers and who are from sectors of the population historically underrepresented on the professorial faculties of U.S. colleges and universities.

The appointment is a 12-month term position and will commence on August 1, 2019, with the possibility of a one-year extension. Applicants should hold a PhD or other terminal degree in their discipline by their proposed start date. The position will require the incumbent to conduct research with an AU faculty mentor or mentors, teach one course per academic year in their field and participate in School and University activities.

As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Initiative for STEM Education, Equity and Ethics (ISE3) ( is particularly interested in candidates in STEM or STEM education to pursue postdoctoral research aligned with the Initiative. ISE3 is a collaborative of faculty, staff and students across the STEM disciplines, education and philosophy who are dedicated to promoting innovative STEM education in ways that are both equitable and ethical. Specific efforts of the initiative include but are not limited to: active-learning, research-based learning, empowering an increasingly diverse population of university science students, promoting science literacy for all university graduates, providing teacher training for K-12, conducting STEM outreach across Washington, DC, and developing ethical training for STEM faculty and students, with the goal of promoting science communication and literacy to the highly diverse Washington, DC community. The postdoctoral researcher would work within the Initiative for STEM Education, Equity and Ethics, under the official guidance of either Dr. Emily Grossnickle Peterson, School of Education, or Dr. Ellen Feder, Department of Philosophy (depending on research interests). Applicants interested in applying to work with ISE3 are encouraged to contact Dr. Kathryn Walters-Conte ( prior to applying.

Salary is competitive and includes full health benefits. Fellows will also receive up to $3,000 in one-time moving expenses and reimbursement for up to $2,000 per academic year in eligible research expenses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Include a letter of application outlining the candidate’s research and teaching interests, a description of how the candidate proposes to work with one or more specific College faculty mentors(s) and/or research center(s), a current curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation from scholars who know the candidate’s work well, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and electronic copies of recently published papers or working papers. Candidates are not required to contact potential AU mentors in advance. The materials of competitive applicants will be forwarded to those collaborators following an initial review.  Questions should be directed to Kelli South, Special Assistant to the Dean, at 202-885-2447 or To apply: