Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Valparaiso University
Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowships are two-year residential fellowships for teacher-scholars who seek to renew and enrich their intellectual and professional lives while preparing for careers at church-related institutions of higher learning. Each academic year, up to three Fellows are appointed for two-year periods. Fellows are selected from applicants who have an interest in the relationship between Christianity and the academy and seek a career at a church-related college or university. Fellows are in residence at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. The Lilly Fellows Program is fully ecumenical.
Lilly Fellows are incorporated into a community of Christian teacher-scholars through:
- Teaching experiences in eight courses over two years in appropriate departments and Christ College (Honors College) at Valparaiso University, including the opportunity to teach in the fall semester of the Christ College Freshman Program
- Mentoring over the course of two years by a senior faculty member from the Fellow's discipline or Christ College
- Participation in weekly meetings of a two-year colloquium program led by Senior Fellows from Valparaiso University
- Research opportunities for scholarly or creative work in the Fellow's field and in the relationship of Christianity to the academy
- Opportunities to develop contact with representatives from the Program's National Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities
- Assistance in the second year with career planning and placement
Eligibility, Appointment, and Compensation
Lilly Fellows are appointed for two years at a rank equivalent to that of instructor. Starting salary for 2018-2020 will be $47,800 plus standard benefits, a moving allowance, and an annual professional and travel allowance.
Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout the two-year term of their appointments (summers excepted). Because of the importance of regular interaction with students and participation in the Christ College Honors College and Valparaiso University community, Fellows should reside within fifteen miles of the Valparaiso University campus; any departure from this expectation should be discussed with the Lilly Fellows Program Director prior to appointment.
During the fall semester of their first year of the Fellowship, Fellows will teach in the interdisciplinary Christ College Freshman Program.
Competition for Lilly Fellowships is open to persons interested in the relationship between Christianity and the academy and who desire a career at a church-related college or university. Research or dissertation topics are not restricted to religion. The Lilly Fellows Program is fully ecumenical. For appointments beginning in the academic year 2018-2019 an applicant must have received the PhD, DMA, DFA, MFA, or equivalent terminal degree no earlier than December 2016. The degree must be completed by August 2018.
Fellows will be recruited from the following disciplines: art and art history; creative writing; classics; ethnic and multicultural studies; history; interdisciplinary studies; languages and literatures; music and music history; philosophy; religion and theology; rhetoric; theatre history and theatre arts, and women's and gender studies. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their interest in the aims of the Lilly Fellows Program, their desire and preparation to teach in the interdisciplinary Christ College Freshman Program, and commitment to explore teaching as a Christian vocation.
Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support a diverse community. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds. In addition to strong academic qualifications and excellence in teaching, the University highly values experience in working across cultural and other significant differences. Employment at Valparaiso University will require a satisfactory criminal background check.
Completed applications for the 2018-2020 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships in Humanities and the Arts must be submitted through Interfolio's ByCommittee service no later than Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (a link will appear below after September 15, 2017). Applications accepted after September 15, 2017. Application materials must include:
- A curriculum vitae, with educational degrees, teaching experience, and publications, submitted via Interfolio.
- Transcripts (official or unofficial) from all graduate institutions attended, submitted via Interfolio. Official transcripts will be required for applicants invited to the on-campus interview.
- Three letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio.
- An application essay, submitted via Interfolio, of not more than 1,000 words that discusses the sources of the candidate's interest in this fellowship program, the candidate's preparation for and dedication to undergraduate teaching, and the candidate's immediate and long-range research interests.
- A brief essay of about 200-300 words, submitted via Interfolio, that addresses the candidate's specific preparation for and interest in teaching in the interdisciplinary Christ College Freshman Program,
- For applicants in studio art, music, or theater performance, portfolios, audio and/or video recordings and other forms of relevant documentation are welcome (electronic portfolios or links to websites are preferred). Artistic exhibition, public performance, or production involving undergraduate students may substitute for teaching, at the discretion of the program director.
Final selection of the Lilly Postdoctoral Fellows is made by a Valparaiso University faculty committee that includes the Program Director.
Finalists will be invited to Valparaiso University for mandatory on-campus interviews on March 23-24, 2018. Up to three postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded.