Friday, February 3, 2012

Five-College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Art 2012-2015

Mount Holyoke College and Smith College invite applications for a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in African art and architecture starting July 1, 2012. This Mellon-funded position supports exceptionally promising young scholars for three years of half-time teaching (one course each semester) and half-time research. We seek candidates with interests that extend beyond a single geographic region and into the contemporary period. We particularly welcome candidates who can teach at both the introductory and advanced levels. Over three years, the fellow will teach six courses, four at Mount Holyoke College (the home campus) and two at Smith College. The fellow will also be provided with research and teaching

This program is designed to provide fellows with valuable teaching experience and time to complete and publish their research prior to seeking full-time tenure-track positions. Fellows are encouraged to develop independent research projects vigorously and in association with the local college art museums and the African Studies Council, which includes some 35 Africanists in various disciplines working together across the five campuses to share resources, coordinate curriculum, run faculty seminars, residency programs, and publish the African Studies Review.

This postdoctoral fellowship is a full-time salaried appointment with excellent benefits and research support provided and is open only to recent Ph.D.s. A candidate must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 2012. Applicants should submit a letter of application; a resume; graduate transcript(s); three letters of support (to be sent under separate cover by the recommenders); a published article or the opening or closing section of the dissertation; and a syllabus to: If you have any problems attaching the materials, please contact Rose Ryan (

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college for women with 2,100 students and 210 faculty. Half the faculty are women; one fourth are persons of color. It is located about 80 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke is committed to fostering multicultural diversity and awareness in its faculty, staff, and student body and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and persons of color are especially encouraged to apply.

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