Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Equity in Higher Education

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How to Apply

Please submit a CV, names and contact information for three references, and a 2-3 page scholarly statement summarizing your research interests, DEI-related experience and expertise, as well as your long-term career goals here. Note that all of your application materials must be combined into a single document.  Please contact Dr. Isis Settles ( with questions. 


Dr. Isis Settles, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor in the Department of Psychology, is inviting applications for a LSA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office postdoctoral research fellow within the Office of the LSA Dean at the University of Michigan (U-M).

The LSA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Office was created as part of the College's 2016 5-year DEI Strategic Plan.  The LSA DEI office is led by Dr. Isis Settles, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The DEI office develops and delivers DEI-related professional development opportunities and resources  for students, staff, and faculty; supports students, staff, and faculty in achieving  DEI-related goals; promotes DEI activities across the university that are open to students, staff, and faculty; supports diversity efforts in hiring, review, retention, and outreach for students, staff, and faculty; develops metrics to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of DEI initiatives; serves as a liaison between LSA and other units within U-M to collaborate on DEI work; and develops and promotes best practices for advancing DEI within the college. In fall 2023, the College will begin the implementation of a second 5-year DEI Strategic Plan (DEI 2.0).

The postdoctoral research fellow will work under the supervision of Dr. Settles and Dr. Jessica Garcia, LSA DEI Manager, in the LSA DEI Office. The postdoctoral research fellow will engage in a variety of activities to support the LSA DEI 2.0 Strategic Plan. In particular, the postdoctoral research fellow will develop resources and training materials that support LSA’s academic, undergraduate education, and service units in developing local DEI plans. This inaugural initiative in the college seeks to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion at the local level as a complement to our college-wide efforts. The postdoctoral fellow will also assist with data analysis and reporting to aid units in developing their local DEI goals. The postdoctoral fellow may also assist with DEI Office programming and events, report writing and editing, and review of the scholarly literature in support of the strategic plan initiatives. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to organizational change efforts in LSA through the application of evidence-based practices and initiatives. This position provides an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in a career as a faculty member, in higher education administration, or in other DEI-related roles within or outside academia.

Who We Are

Today, with more than 100-degree programs in over 75 academic departments and programs, the College of LSA is the largest of U-M’s 19 schools and colleges and is at the heart of the University.  The College is built upon the idea that a powerful, pragmatic, broad education can transform hearts and minds, can solve problems in an ever-changing world, and can yield ideas and innovation across every discipline.  

Required Qualifications*

•    Ph.D. in Psychology, Sociology, Higher Education, or a related field by the start of the position
•    Proficiency with quantitative data analysis
•    Proficiency with SPSS, Excel, and Qualtrics or similar software programs
•    Proficiency with the Google Suite and PowerPoint or similar software programs
•    Research interests or experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education (e.g., inequality or underrepresentation in higher education contexts, organizational change)

Desired Qualifications*

•    Proficiency with qualitative data analysis
•    Strong oral and written communication skills, including a record of some published work and oral presentations
•    Strong design and graphical presentation skills
•    Experience working in collaborative groups or teams
•    Strong problem-solving ability and initiative

Additional Information

•    This is a full-time (40 hrs/week), 12-month position and may be renewed for an additional year.
•    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
•    The start date is negotiable, but summer or early Fall of 2023 is preferred.
•    The annual salary is $60,000 and this position is fully benefits-eligible.
•    A stipend of up to $7,000 will be provided for conference travel and research support and $3,000 will be provided for moving expenses.
•    Opportunities for training and career development will be provided by Dr. Settles and through programs offered by the UM Postdoctoral Association and the UM ADVANCE Program.
•    Shared office space in the LSA Dean’s Office will be provided.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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