Call for CLAS Postdoctoral Scholar Nominations

To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Christine Getz, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Outreach and Engagement
RE: Call for CLAS Postdoctoral Scholar Nominations

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Call for CLAS Postdoctoral Scholar Nominations

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) will fund a Postdoctoral Scholar in AY 2021-2022 with the possibility of renewal for AY 2022-2023 via the support of an Office of the Provost Strategic Priorities Initiative. The CLAS Postdoctoral Scholar will join CLAS’s cohort of Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows and is being recruited in accordance with the stated goals of the University of Iowa’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan to "recruit, retain, and advance a diverse campus community of faculty, staff and students.” Like the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP), the CLAS Postdoctoral Scholar award will “provide research opportunities, faculty mentoring, and career development for promising postdoctoral scholars who will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and at the University of Iowa.”

CLAS will consider all eligible candidates nominated by its departments and schools. Specific individuals must be identified for candidacy in the application. For a candidate to be eligible for the CLAS Postdoctoral Scholar award, the doctoral degree of the nominee must have been conferred by the start date of their appointment. Applicants who will have 24 or more months of postdoctoral experience by the start date of the award are not eligible. The applications will be reviewed by a panel of CLAS Associate Deans who will make a recommendation to the Interim Dean.

APPLICATIONS: The department or school making the nomination should submit the following materials to Allison Bierman no later than February 26 . The section of the application prepared by the department or school must be submitted as a Word or pdf file not to exceed 4 pages. For questions, please contact Associate Dean Getz.


  • Current CV
  • A brief statement on plans for an academic career focusing on teaching, interdisciplinary research, and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence (up to two pages)
  • Evidence of current scholarship (e.g., provide links to dissertation, abstracts, publications/submissions, etc.)
  • Two letters of recommendation from current mentors attesting to teaching, interdisciplinary research, and scholarship qualifications

Department or School:  

Please describe the departmental commitment to supporting and mentoring a CLAS Postdoctoral Scholar by addressing the following:

  • The sponsorship of a tenured faculty member who is currently engaged in interdisciplinary research to serve as the primary mentor for the postdoctoral fellow
  • A proposed set of secondary mentors, including senior and junior faculty, within and outside the postdoctoral fellow’s major discipline
  • A well-rounded postdoctoral experience, including professional development, teaching, research, and service opportunities
  • A description of additional support available within the department(s) that will assist a postdoctoral fellow in becoming a more competitive candidate for tenure-track faculty positions
  • Information on how the proposed fellowship will advance departmental, collegiate, or institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion goals
  • How hiring the candidate in a tenure-track position upon successful completion of the postdoctoral appointment and the allocation of a tenure-track line by the College will support the Department’s strategic goals