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Dean's Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows

The College of Education and Human Ecology Dean's Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Program seeks to increase the number of scholars who will contribute to the innovation, vibrancy, and excellence in the college. The PFP @ EHE employs a cohort approach to recruiting 3-6 postdoctoral fellows in EHE for 2-year appointments.

The mission of the PFP @ EHE program is to prepare graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for tenure-track faculty careers in EHE, with emphasis on those with a demonstrable track record of involvement equity, diversity and inclusion in teaching or research. We also seek scholars whose interests align with OSU Discovery Themes or EHE priority areas: social justice and equity, urban and rural education, global engagement, immigration, inclusive education practices.

About The Program

This program takes a broad and multidisciplinary view of diverse and inclusive education, including but not limited to the following substantive areas: psychosocial development, educational achievement, culture, identity, cultural competency, human nutrition, physical education and health, educational policy, urban or rural planning, community revitalization and development, positive youth development, population change, and multi-lingual or immigrant education. All postdoctoral scholars must be from outside OSU.

OSU Faculty should fill out an application for consideration to have a postdoctoral fellow placed with their department. Prospective postdoctoral applications are not contingent on OSU faculty applications. However, if a postdoctoral applicant has a specific department in which they would like to work, the applicant may specify this in their application.  For questions or additional information, please contact Noelle Arnold, Associate Dean- EDGE at

Enhance EHE's diverse faculty pipeline with prospects, especially from within underrepresented groups.
Provide the opportunity for scholars to gain a deeper understanding of the unique context in EHE and OSU.
Develop a network of current and emerging scholars in priority research areas with the intent to hire for tenure-track positions.
Provides a socialization to academia and valuable time to establish a research agenda.
What Makes Us Different
  • PFP @ EHE utilizes a cluster approach to post-doctoral fellows.
  • This initiative was designed to attract outstanding and diverse candidates for EHE faculty positions at the end of the 2-year postdoctoral appointment.
  • Postdoctoral Scholars who sign on to continue as EHE faculty may be able to apply their final postdoctoral year to the tenure and promotion clock as determined by the hiring unit.
  • Fellows engage in comprehensive research, teaching, and mentoring experience including a 2 day campus visit.
  • EHE postdoctoral fellows will receive a competitive annual salary with full OSU benefits.
  • Annual stipend in the amount of $2000 for conference travel or to support research, teaching and engagement activities.

Should I apply?

Promising candidates in any discipline who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Graduate students who are far enough along in their dissertation research to demonstrate findings
  • Post-doctoral scholar within one year of earning degree
  • Those who demonstrate career goals, research interests, and academic potential that align with EHE mission and programs
  • Those who contribute to the university's continuing commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence
How Will We Select?

Fellows are chosen from a pool of candidates nominated by an EHE faculty member, or who apply directly from our website and are matched with an interested department. Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded with the intent to hire in EHE at the end of the postdoctoral appointment. Offers will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the committee, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do applicants have to wait for a faculty member application before applying?

Faculty are applying to have a post doc placed in their department or to serve as a mentor. Applicants do not need to wait for a faculty member to apply.

How much teaching will the person be required to do?

Teaching responsibilities are negotiated with the department/program. Postdoctoral scholars will not teach the first semester. After the first semester, the postdoctoral scholar will teach no more than one course each semester.

What is the anticipated process for making decisions about whether a post-doc would get offered a tenure-track position?

When a post doc is selected, it is with the intent to hire for a TT after the post doc period. During initial negotiations with the postdoctoral fellow, the Dean and department chair determine the terms of the tenure track employment with the postdoctoral scholar.

Apply Below
OSU Faculty Proposals
Closed October 30, 2018
Prospective Applicants
Deadline January 1st, 2019