Post-Doc at University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE)

The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In) Equality or IRISE is seeking a two-year postdoctoral research fellow beginning September 1, 2014. We are seeking candidates who are capable of bringing the insights of sociology, education, social work, ethnic Studies, law, or a related field to the interdisciplinary study of race, class, and/or gender (in)equities in K-12 education. Special consideration will be given to applicants studying the relationship between educational (in)equity and discipline policies, but all candidates with a focus on educational (in)equity in K-12 education will be considered. The fellow will be housed in the Department of Sociology & Criminology, with co-supervision and mentorship by faculty in Gender & Women’s Studies, Morgridge College of Education, the Graduate School of Social Work, and the College of Law. DU faculty members from these departments will provide guidance and support throughout the fellowship period.

The IRISE postdoctoral fellowship will provide opportunities to train using large dataset methodology and advanced longitudinal data analysis, qualitative data analysis, and community-engaged social action research. In addition to post-dissertation research support, the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to co-author articles and conference presentations with the lead mentors using data from two established research projects on race, class and gender (in)equities in education, interact with the faculty and graduate students in the sponsoring departments and divisions, and receive clerical and research support sufficient to allow the completion of a major research product during his or her time at DU.

The fellow will spend the majority of time engaged in independent research, scholarship, or creative work under the guidance of departmental faculty members. Fellows will also be expected to be active in the DU community of scholars engaged in research and teaching relating to the study of inequality locally and nationally. Fellows will teach one course in their specialty the first year and two courses in their specialty the second year. The successful candidate will also be expected to attend and contribute to a weekly seminar and support other initiatives of the IRISE, such as promotion of conferences and symposia.

The ideal candidate will have strong methodological training and a record of successful publication in the related field. Candidates should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. We do not expect the candidate to have experience in all areas of the fellowship, as training will be provided by the mentors. In addition, because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of inequality, we especially encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.


  • PhD, SJD, or JD in Sociology, Education, Social Work, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Law, or related field. Trained in both quantitative and qualitative research techniques and analysis.
  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for their PhD by June 30, 2014. Candidates must also be no more than 3 years from the awarding of their degree (i.e., September 2011). 
  • Research agenda aligned with issues of in(equity) and the advancement of historically underrepresented communities in K-12 education and/or related systems (e.g. juvenile justice). 
  • Experience working with marginalized communities. 
  • Interest in social movements, the relationship between research and social change, and the role of women, people of color and low-income communities in these efforts.


  • The appointment term is September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015; however, the initial term may be renewed for an additional year. 
  • Teach one advanced undergraduate course in year one and two courses, including an interdisciplinary graduate class, in year two. 
  • Participate in a quarterly educational inequities research group and colloquiums for the DU campus as part of the IRISE lecture series. 
  • Participate in campus-wide forums exploring questions of compositional diversity and inclusive excellence at DU and the broader academy. Present research findings to interdisciplinary academic audiences and community partners.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $39,264 for the first year and $41,364 for the second year, a professional development and research account, and a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply, please complete the on-line application at and attach the following:

  • A letter of application (including a statement of research and teaching interests); 
  • A curriculum vitae; and 
  • At least three letters of recommendation.

Candidates must apply online to be considered, only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click “New Resume/CV” at the bottom of the page to begin application.

The online application must be completed and submitted no later than 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on February 28, 2014. Inquiries about these positions can be made to the Chair of the search, Dr. Hava Rachel Gordon at

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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