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Documents must be submitted via email as a single pdf file of moderate size:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae (including degrees earned, experience, honors)
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement (work and accomplishments in DEI-related areas) Research Project Statement (max 3 pages: outlining 1-year or 2-year project)
  • Teaching Interest Statement (max 1 page: outlining interest in teaching/learning) Writing Sample (max 10 pages)
  • Recommendation Letters (2 Letters sent directly from recommender to Kate Grandfield)

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2018

Submit Application Documents via a single PDF to:

Kate Grandfield, Project Administrator
U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Job Summary


The Michigan/Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis is an interdisciplinary academic and research initiative focused on architecture, urbanism and humanities research in Detroit, Michigan. It was made possible by a $1.3 million grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. The project allows design theory and practice to inform and be informed by questions of social justice, social movements and transformative creative arts movements -  both past and present. The emphasis on cities and their specificity will focus humanists on linking theories of human interaction and collective life with the physical space of a city and its histories. The increased expertise in urbanism allows for humanists to better understand the market forces and economic constraints that inform design decisions that directly affect human life.

For more information on the Project:


2018-2019 Fellowships 

Humanities Fellows are expected to pursue independent research projects at the intersection of architecture, urbanism and the humanities, with particular emphasis on the role of egalitarianism in shaping urban metropolitan regions and a particular focus on Detroit, Michigan. Fellows will join a vibrant intellectual community where interdisciplinary work is welcomed and new ways of integrating knowledge across the design and humanities disciplines is encouraged and incentivized. Humanities Fellows will teach two classes a year (seminar or lecture course). Each Fellow will receive work space at the University of Michigan. Fellows are encouraged to seek support from external agencies if it appears that their scholarly and creative work will be enhanced by such grants. At the end of each fellowship year, Fellows are required to submit a written report on their activities and are encouraged to present their work to a public audience.

Required Qualifications*

The University of Michigan invites applications from diverse backgrounds in the humanities (including but not limited to area studies, classics, history, philosophy, visual arts, art history, media and cultural studies, urban studies, literature and romance studies). Applicants should possess a capacious appetite for intersections between their field of study, architecture and urbanism. Applicants should possess an interest in teaching and a demonstrated interest in cultural and disciplinary diversity. Fellows are expected to be in the early stages of their academic or professional careers. Candidates must be within 4 calendar years from receipt of their highest degree. This appointment is not tenure-track. This opportunity is open to 1) candidates for a PhD in a humanities-based discipline who have successfully completed their Examination for Admission to Candidacy and 2) candidates who are within 4 years of completion of their PhD. 

Additional Information

2 Humanities Fellows are appointed for one calendar year, extendable to a maximum of 2 years. Each Fellow should designate interest in a 1-year or 2-year fellowship term. The appointment is from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

Kate Grandfield, Project Administrator
U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:

-Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.

-Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.