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Henderson-Harris Fellowship Program Academic Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology

University of Vermont
On UVM Campus in historic Williams Hall overlooking Burlington and Lake Champlain.
Salary is set at ‘no less than’ $66,000 for the 12-month appointment. Full health and other benefits
Closing date
Oct 26, 2023

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The University of Vermont’s Department of Anthropology in The College of Arts & Sciences invites applications for a Henderson-Harris Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. The position, which starts in Fall of 2024, lasts for a period of up to two years, with the expectation that the Fellow will transition to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the completion of the Fellowship.

We seek a BIPOC/POC/PGM scholar who works on culturally-based social justice movements focused on Indigeneity/Indigenous rights; environment, food, or sustainability; race/ethnicity; gender/sexuality; language; and/or religion. Geographic and cultural area is open, but preference will be given to candidates working in contexts in which legacies of colonialism, continuing structural inequities, and racism play a large role in social dynamics. Scholars whose work focuses on Indigenous Peoples, U.S.-based minoritized racial or ethnic groups, and/or ethnographic settings in sub-Saharan Africa, the African diaspora, or Southeast Asia are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. in Social or Cultural Anthropology between August 2019 and the start of the Fellowship. We seek candidates who demonstrate excellence and
promise in scholarship, research funding, publications, teaching, and an ability to engage a variety of learners with effective pedagogies.

Fellows are required to teach one course each semester (two courses over the year) and deliver one research colloquium talk per year related to their research. The Fellowship (Postdoctoral Associate appointment) includes an annual stipend, university health insurance, moving expenses, and a fund to support research.

Application Process:
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit completed materials to Prof. Luis Vivanco, Department Chair, at
Anticipated start date is August 19, 2024.

Applicants are asked to include:
• Curriculum vitae (CV)
• Two representative publications
• A statement of research focus
• A teaching statement describing approach, philosophy and interests
• A statement about how they plan to contribute to the diversity, inclusion, and equitywork of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences
• Contact information for three professional references.

The reference providers will be emailed information to upload their letters
Questions about the position should be directed to Prof. Deborah Blom (, who is chair of the search committee.

The Henderson-Harris Fellowship Program This Fellowship honors the memory of two outstanding UVM alumni. George Washington Henderson was one of the first African American students elected to Phi Beta Kappa and to graduate from the University of Vermont (class of 1877). Andrew Harris was not only the very first African American graduate of the University of Vermont (class of 1838), but he was also the first African American college graduate in the United States to champion the abolition of slavery
and to demand full equality for people of color.

Offered in cooperation with academic departments, the Henderson-Harris Fellowship program specifically seeks applicants who are US citizens or legal permanent residents, and who identify as people/persons of color. The Fellowship sponsors post-doctoral scholars who can help advance UVM’s research and teaching goals and assist in reaching identified diversity goals, especially with respect to the specific academic curricula. The Henderson-Harris fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years with the expectation the Fellow will transition to a tenure track position at UVM at the completion of the fellowship.

This Fellowship is offered as a full-time, 12-month Post-Doctoral/Post-MFA
Associate appointment (September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2024). Salary is set at ‘no less than’ $66,000 for the 12-month appointment. Full health and other benefits (see list of benefits and other terms of employment: Relocation and research funds also available (to be determined at the time of hire).

Possibility of Tenure-Track
This Fellowship is offered as a full-time, 12-month Postdoctoral Associate appointment (September 1 through August 31) in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Fellows establish and pursue their own research agenda with guidance through a mentorship program tailored to help the Fellow transition into a tenure-track faculty position at the end of the Fellowship. If, in consultation with the department chair, the Fellow decides to apply for a tenure-track position at UVM, the Department of Anthropology will conduct a vote about converting the position to tenure-track and send the hiring recommendation to the Provost for approval.

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