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Anthropology postdoctoral Fellows program and online class development

The Department of Anthropology recognizes the current challenges of the academic and non-academic job markets. The department wishes to support our graduate students in making a productive transition out of our PhD program and into their chosen field. The department, therefore, may provide up to 2 years of post-PhD support in the form of a Postdoctoral Fellow to selected recently graduated UO Anthropology PhD without immediate employment elsewhere. These positions are available when feasible within the constraints of the department budget and are negotiated with the Head on a case-by-case basis. Each Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with a tenure related faculty supervisor. The Postdoctoral Fellow position includes a minimum of a 0.5 FTE Adjunct position with appropriate course load plus a commitment from the fellow to develop more classes to an online format. As the goal of these positions are to provide a “stepping stone” to the next stage of the Postdoctoral Fellow’s career, these positions are not career NTTF positions and are expected to last for up to 2 years.

Expectations: The Postdoctoral Fellowship provides an opportunity to develop and enhance skills and experience required to be competitive on the job market by taking advantage of faculty and university resources. Expectations of the fellowship include teaching four courses as described below, presenting research at conferences, submitting and/or publishing papers in high quality journals, edited volumes, and/or monographs in the fellow’s area(s) of study, and submitting grant proposals as appropriate for sub-field. Renewal of the postdoctoral fellowship after completion of the first year is dependent on the level of progress made in these areas and is subject to review by the Executive Committee with input from the supervising faculty member(s).

Postdoctoral fellow Supervisor: The goal of Anthropology’s Postdoctoral Fellow program is to provide support, mentorship, and aid to the Fellow’s career development. The supervisor is therefore encouraged to be a different faculty member from the Fellow’s doctoral advisor to aid in research growth and development beyond the PhD if appropriate but can also be the dissertation advisor if appropriate. The supervisor meets regularly with the Postdoctoral Fellow to discuss and possibly collaborate on new directions in the Fellow’s research. Fellows may also work directly with a faculty member if they wish to learn new skills from that faculty member. Supervisor / Fellow arrangements are made by agreement between both parties and the Head.

Adjunct teaching: A postdoctoral fellow position comes with the appropriate load for a minimum of 0.5 FTE adjunct position in the department (currently 2 classes per term for 0.66 FTE per term). The courses taught by the Postdoctoral Fellow may occur in any of the four terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer) and include on campus classes (when funding is available) but are mostly online classes and must be taught according to the requirements for the appropriate contract. On campus classes will typically be funded as course buyouts or be replacements from service releases. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also develop additional online versions of existing Anthropology classes. Online classes need to be existing and regularized Anthropology classes and the online version must be equivalent to the on campus version and within the Fellow’s expertise. Expertise is determined from prior teaching or GTF experience as well as Anthropology core faculty feedback. The DUS will be responsible for consulting with the appropriate subfield(s) on class selection. Assignment of particular classes will then be made by the Head in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Budgetary considerations: Each potential position is contingent of availability of departmental funds. Funding for these Postdoctoral Fellow positions comes from departmental funds available for hiring adjuncts and consequently fluctuates with such factors as leave savings, buyout funds, and returns from summer session and online classes. Where possible and appropriate given the proposed Fellow’s expertise and experience, and in consultation with the faculty receiving the buyout, course buyouts will be first offered to Postdoctoral Fellows. Returns from online and summer session classes taught by the Fellow will be used to contribute directly to funding their salary for those courses of their position.

Other funding using course buyouts will be used as available and when it is possible for the Fellow to teach the same or an appropriate agreed upon replacement.