Historically Underrepresented Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

 

SUNY Oneonta is committed to advancing the careers of scholars, especially exceptional junior faculty, from historically underrepresented groups. One of the college’s related goals is to increase the diversity of its full-time faculty. To help achieve this goal, SUNY Oneonta sponsors the Historically Underrepresented Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program designed to bring to campus visiting faculty members from historically underrepresented groups who will contribute significantly to advancing diversity and academic excellence as they develop their scholarship, experience life as a college faculty member, and expand their teaching skills.

Program Guidelines

  • Up to two positions will be offered each academic year. Applications from candidates will be received by the Office of Academic Programs throughout the year
  • Each application will be submitted to the relevant department. The department chair will appoint a Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program Committee that will consist of at least three faculty members from the department.  The Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program Committee will review the application and make a recommendation to the department chair.  The recommendation will be based on evidence in the application and the guidelines of the Program. The department chair may forward a hiring recommendation to the relevant dean based on a majority vote of the entire department.  Based on the department recommendation, the dean may then forward a recommendation to hire to the provost, who will make the decision as to whether or not the candidate will be hired.  The decision of the provost is final.
  • The successful candidate will be appointed as visiting assistant professor and receive a temporary, two-year appointment. 
  • If a permanent tenure-track position becomes available in the department during or immediately following the employment of the historically underrepresented dissertation and post-doctoral fellow, the department may, by majority vote, recommend to move the fellow into that position. The provost, in consultation with the dean, will make the decision as to whether or not the candidate will be hired. The decision of the provost is final.

Duties of the Visiting Assistant Professor

Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellows will:

  • Teach a reduced load consisting of two courses in each of the fall and spring semesters in their field of expertise as defined by the academic department;
  • Complete his or her dissertation;
  • Mentor students;
  • Deliver one public lecture annually; and
  • Participate fully in the life of the college and the community.