GU URM Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Purpose
Gonzaga University's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program seeks to promote pedagogical and institutional excellence by diversifying faculty, curriculum, and students at the University. Under the program, postdoctoral fellows from groups underrepresented among higher education faculty will spend two years at Gonzaga, subject to reappointment, fulfilling departmental teaching needs, bringing new perspectives and current knowledge of their fields, and participating in campus life. The program continues to be a priority for Gonzaga University in bringing diverse scholars to the University and to change the professoriate at Gonzaga.
The fellows will receive mentoring and support that will help them better understand the nature of a career at a Jesuit, mission-driven, liberal arts teaching institution to assist their transition to a teaching institution with a strong mission and orientation towards social justice. Gonzaga University aims for 100% retention of scholars that meet the needs of the University.
The program will support the University in meeting its mission goal of fostering "a mature commitment to the dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, [and] global engagement," by meeting the following objectives:
- Increasing the diversity of the applicant pool for tenured faculty positions.
- Increasing retention of faculty from underrepresented groups by demonstrating an institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as creating resources and environments needed to support the interests of diverse faculty.
- Increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups applying to Gonzaga University. Many studies’ findings suggest that increasing faculty diversity increases the diversity of the student body. These studies also found an increased success among groups that have been traditionally underrepresented on campus. Moreover, diverse faculty can help improve persistence and retention rates among underrepresented minority students.
- Forging a long-term mutually beneficial partnership with PhD-granting institutions from the western regional area and nationally known colleges and universities, including Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Tribal Colleges.
- Fostering recognition of Gonzaga University as a university dedicated to excellence in teaching
- Strengthening Gonzaga’s commitment to excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The program is a teaching fellowship. Academic departments from the individual Schools and the College apply to host a postdoctoral fellow. The departments selected to host a candidate will participate in recruiting, evaluating, interviewing, and selecting the fellow from a competitive pool. Host departments are required to follow their usual practice for searching, selecting, and appointing fixed term faculty candidates. A tenured faculty member of each hosting department shall be identified to serve as a mentor to the fellow.
- To show commitment to the fellow, the program is for two-years. URM postdoc fellows are appointed for an academic year. The initial contract will be for one-year; a second-year contract is contingent upon reappointment. Depending on program needs there is a possibility of renewal for a third year.
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The GU community has challenged me to work hard in becoming a better instructor and scholar every day. I found great collaborative spaces, and being able to contribute to those spaces has made this one of the best academic and processional experiences of my life.