Inclusive Excellence Post Doctoral and Visiting Scholars Program

Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars Program

Deadline for Full Consideration

Round 1

January 25, 2020
at 12:00pm (noon)

Round 2

April 2, 2020
at 12:00pm (noon)

 

 

 

 

 
Funding is available to support up to three post-doctoral research associate or visiting scholar positions that would enhance campus racial/ethnic diversity. Candidates must be nominated by academic units that wish to hire them. Candidates may not apply directly. Priority will be given to external candidates, preferably identified through a search or in the context of projects aimed to enhance faculty diversity and inclusion. The goal is to identify individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority (URM) groups (i.e. African American/Black, American Indian/Indigenous, and Latinx), or women traditionally underrepresented in STEM areas or other fields, who are potential candidates for campus positions that would help to diversify the faculty and promote strategic hiring goals. Each postdoc or scholar must be assigned a faculty mentor/sponsor, and the application must include a comprehensive mentoring plan. The objective is to provide additional mentoring and support for high-potential candidates with the goal of preparing them for tenure track assistant professor appointments at UNM. In addition, departments are encouraged to apply for funding through the DEI’s new Targets of Opportunity Program (TOP) after successful completion of the Inclusive Excellence postdoc/visiting scholars program by the candidate.

Stipend

  • The stipend for the 2021-22 year is $50,000 (for a 12-month appointment) and excludes health and tuition benefits. Units can provide supplemental funds.
  • An additional $2,000 is provided for the research, travel, and related expenses and units can provide additional funds. Moving funds are not provided.
  • If needed, funding for immigration paperwork is the responsibility of the unit.

Guidelines/Eligibility

  • Must be nominated by a tenure-granting academic unit at the University of New Mexico main campus.
  • The applicant must have obtained his or her Ph.D. or terminal degree required by field prior to July 1, 2021.
  • A mentoring plan is required in the application.
  • Units nominating a potential postdoc/scholar must provide evidence of a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a record of championing the scholarship and promoting the careers of URM and women faculty.
  • Applicants must demonstrate promise for a tenure track appointment at UNM.
  • The prospective postdoc’s letter of interest addressed to the chair of the department should be submitted as a part of the application; their letter of application to a faculty search may be submitted in lieu of a letter of interest.
  • Postdocs or Scholars are normally appointed for one year, and can be reappointed for a second year.
  • Recipients must be in residence full-time for the duration of the award period.
  • Postdocs or Scholars may teach up to one course per year. As a part of the mentoring plan, explanations regarding standards for scholarly/creative products in profession may be provided to justify additional teaching of up to two courses per year.
  • A letter of support from the dean of the college that wishes to nominate the candidate.
  • In the final year of a postdoctoral fellow, the unit (or units) will undertake a rigorous review of the post-doc’s qualifications for a tenure-track position.If the postdoc was initially identified in a national faculty search, and if the unit(s) choose(s) to hire the candidate as a tenure-track faculty member, the position will be eligible for bridge funding for faculty from U.S. underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups through the traditional search process.

Nomination Instructions:

Faculty mentors or department chairs, please submit nominations for the program to Ms. Lorena Blanco-Silva at the Division of Equity and Inclusion (lblanco@unm.edu). Feel free to contact DEI for more information, 505-277-1238. 

Please upload the following:

  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A mentoring statement outlining a mentoring plan
  • Planned activities during the post-doc
  • The prospective postdoc's letter of interest addressed to the chair of the department should be submitted as a part of the application; their letter of application to a faculty search may be submitted in lieu of a letter of interest
  • Letter of support from department head that indicates that the candidate, after completion of the postdoc, would be competitive for a position in the department and would be considered for a position if there is a vacancy
  • A letter of support from the dean of the college that wishes to nominate the candidate
  • Three letters of reference
  • Departmental promotion/tenure guidelines and ways in which planned activities during postdoc put candidate on the trajectory for achieving tenure at UNM

Guidelines/Eligibility

  • Must be nominated by an UNM academic unit.
  • The applicant must have obtained his or her Ph.D. or terminal degree prior to July 1, 2020.
  • Applicants must demonstrate promise for a tenure-track appointment at UNM.
  • Postdocs or Scholars are normally appointed for one year, and can be reappointed for a second year.
  • Recipients must be in residence full-time for the duration of the award period.
  • Postdocs or Scholars may teach at least one course, at the discretion of the department.
  • In the final year of post-doctoral fellowship/visiting scholars program, the unit (or units) will undertake a rigorous review of the candidate’s qualifications for a tenure-track position. 
  • Given that the candidate has undergone a national search, if the unit(s) choose(s) to hire the candidate as a tenure-track faculty member, the position will be eligible for bridge funding for faculty from U.S. underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups through DEI.

FAQs

  • How will/should candidates be prioritized?
    • The most important criterion will be the unit’s willingness and demonstrated effectiveness to mentor the candidate, not only to become an assistant professor but to put them on the trajectory to achieve tenure, promotion, and beyond.
  • Can a single department (or school) submit more than one candidate?
    • Yes. 
  • How does IE postdoc/scholars program address concerns about search committees potentially segregating applicants (by race/gender) in national searches.
    • If a candidate competing for a national search is nominated, nominating department must outline their hiring criteria and criteria ultimately for tenure & promotion and provide evidence to show why one candidate was selected for the faculty position and why the prospective postdoc was not.
  • Is it possible to do this in multiple phases, so that units can get some assurance before asking their candidate(s) to prepare application materials (letter of interest, etc.)?
    • No. If the the prospective postdoc/scholar already submitted materials for a faculty search, that letter of interest would suffice. It is common to invite scholars to apply for postdoc positions before an institution knows they will be selected. And in fact, the prospective postdoc cannot apply directly for this program. It is the department’s responsibility to nominate the prospective postdoc and submit all materials on their behalf. Of course materials will be prepared with the prospective postdoc’s/scholar’s input. The nomination process is as much about how prepared the unit is to invest in that emerging scholar as it is about the postdoc’s/scholar’s potential.

 

Updated 10/14/2020 - LBS