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2018-2019 Provost's Postdoctoral Initiative in the Social Sciences and Humanities

University of South Florida Postdoctoral Scholars

Social Sciences and Humanities, 2018-2019

The University of South Florida is pleased to announce the 10th year of its Postdoctoral Scholars program in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The over-arching theme for this program is Global Change in a Dynamic World. Potential themes include (but are not limited to) sustainability; sustainable development; hazard and disaster management; climate change; population changes; technology and information issues; communication and language development; cultural diasporas; ethnicity, gender, and aging issues; cultural heritage and histories; digital humanities; citizenship; identity; health, economic, education, and environmental disparities; political economy; ethics; human rights; animal rights; peace and conflict studies; injury and violence; security and surveillance issues. Specific research and geographical areas are open, and applicants may consider both past and contemporary perspectives.

Postdoctoral Scholars will: (i) work closely with distinguished faculty; (ii) participate in an interdisciplinary project with the cohort of postdoctoral scholars; (iii) teach two courses over a twelve-month period; and (iv) continue to build an independent research record and engage in publishing refereed articles and creative scholarship.

Postdoctoral Scholars

At least five twelve-month postdoctoral scholarships will be awarded in Spring 2018 with appointments beginning in August 2018. Appointments are for full time employment (40 hours per week). Renewal for an additional year may be possible, contingent on performance and available funding. The salary is $47,700 per year and the University contributes to a health insurance program for postdoctoral scholars and their dependents. Support for travel to academic conferences will also be available. Scholars will be responsible for relocation and housing expenses.


Applicants must have a doctoral degree in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology; Communication; English; Geography, Environmental Science and Policy; Government and International Affairs; History; Philosophy; Sociology, or an affiliated program, earned no earlier than 2015. Candidates who will have successfully defended their dissertations by July 1st, 2018 will also be considered, however the doctoral degree must have been conferred prior to the first day of employment. Note: applicants must have received their doctoral degree from an institution other than the University of South Florida. Applicants with degrees from foreign institutions are welcome to apply.

Letters of application and supporting material must include the following:

  1. A cover letter stating your interest in this Postdoctoral Initiative. It must provide details on:
    1. how your research and teaching expertise would contribute to the theme of Global Change in a Dynamic World
      and the goals and aspirations of the USF Strategic Plan
    2. the department with which you would like to be affiliated (you may only be affiliated with one department);
    3. your teaching experience and courses that you would like to offer; and (iv) your long-term goals.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae,
  3. Two letters of reference,
  4. Scanned copies of your published papers/scholarly works or book chapters (maximum of 50 pages total).
  5. Scanned copy of your current academic transcript from your doctoral-granting institution.
  6. Copies of teaching evaluations from the most recent academic year.

Send all application materials to:
Applications must be in one file (PDF) except for the reference letters. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Final application submission deadline is Friday December 2nd, 2017.

The University of South Florida is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities (RU/VH), a distinction attained by only 2.3% of all U.S. universities. USF is ranked 43rd in the nation in total research expenditures. The university is authorized to provide 241 degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. USF ranks 10th among all universities granted U.S. patents in 2014 according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association. The University has a $1.5 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 48,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee.