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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Dialogue and Deliberation

Wabash College
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Closing date
Mar 22, 2023

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Fellowship , Postdoc
Full Time
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Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse, an interdisciplinary program at Wabash College, is pleased to announce a two-year, post-doctoral Fellowship in Dialogue and Deliberation to begin July 1, 2023. The area of concentration is open to a broad range of fields including but not limited to communication, rhetoric, anthropology, economics, cultural studies, political science, or sociology; however, the candidate’s teaching and research must connect the intersections of dialogue and deliberation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse (WDPD) is an undergraduate research and practice program that trains students to research, design, and facilitate public dialogue and deliberations on a range of issues. The post-doctoral fellow will join an enthusiastic team of a faculty director, program associate staff member, and undergraduate research Democracy Fellows. WDPD has partnered with campus organizations and communities to host dialogues and deliberations on varying topics including those relating to race, diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The successful candidate will contribute to the mission of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse: to teach constructive practices of engagement and communication on topics of public problems; to stimulate productive public discourse on campus and in the community through informed discussion, debate, and deliberation; develop civic leadership through participation in public life; and promote the free speech rights and responsibilities for every individual in the marketplace of ideas.


The post-doctoral fellowship will have the following responsibilities:

  • 1/3 time teaching. The fellow will teach a 1-1 course load in the Rhetoric Department, which will include RHE101 Public Speaking or similar entry level course in candidate’s discipline and RHE280 Deliberation & Democracy. Opportunities may exist for teaching an elective in the second year of the fellowship. 1/3 time administrative service in Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse. The fellow will supervise and mentor undergraduate students on dialogue and deliberation projects relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in the community. 1/3 time research. The fellow will engage in research relating to dialogue and deliberation, as negotiated with the Director of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse. The dedicated time to research is expected to result in outputs such as a public humanities project and/or co-authored scholarly publications.

We seek to hire someone who displays a commitment to excellence in undergraduate mentorship, an appreciation for the broad intellectual community of an excellent liberal arts college, and the ability to work with a diverse student body. The college is within 50 miles of Indianapolis, a major metropolitan area and draws on the collaborative resources of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, of which it is a member.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three email addresses of recommenders through which to solicit recommendations, and unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts. In your cover letter please share examples of your connection to deliberation and dialogue. PhD preferred, ABD considered.

Please direct questions about the position to Chris Anderson, Director of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse, at Review of applications will begin on March 8. Follow-up interviews will follow in late March. To apply, go to and click the “Apply Now” button to upload your materials.

In the midst of a strategic transformation to advance the success of first-generation students, students of color, and students from low-income families, Wabash College is committed to attracting and effectively supporting faculty from all backgrounds, including academically and culturally diverse faculty. More than 25% of our students are federal Pell Grant recipients, one-third of our students are first-generation college students, and about 20% of our students identify as domestic students of color. Wabash has been home to the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies for more than fifty years, is a member of the USC Race and Equity Center’s Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, is a top-60 Liberal Arts College according to U.S. News, and is a member of Colleges That Change Lives.  

Wabash seeks faculty and staff who are committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful experiences that prepare students for life and leadership among diverse populations around the globe. Wabash is an equal opportunity employer.

Wabash College does not provide H-1B or other immigration case sponsorship for short-term visiting positions.

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