Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship in Action for Health and Environmental Justice, Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

Position Title: Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship in Action for Health and Environmental Justice

Organization: Arizona State University

Location: Tempe, AZ

Organization Overview: The School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) at Arizona State University (ASU) is a global leader in collaborative, transformative research and teaching at the intersections of global health, environmental social science, and anthropology. A vibrant community of scholars, teachers, and professionals, SHESC includes over 55 tenure-track faculty members that serve 1100 undergraduate majors in global health and anthropology and 125 PhD and MA/MS students across five graduate programs. Research and teaching at SHESC have contributed to ASU ranking #1 in anthropology in both research funding and output. SHESC faculty are affiliated with a wide diversity of transdisciplinary research groups, including the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research site, Earth Systems Science for the Anthropocene, and the Centers for Archaeology and Society, Evolution and Medicine, and Global Health.

Position Overview: They invite applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship in the area of action and justice-oriented research that can address contemporary challenges in health, environment, or allied domains. This postdoctoral position is intended to transition into a future tenure-track then tenured faculty appointment at ASU, and is part of a cohort of 10-15 other postdoctoral scholars at ASU also supported by the multi-campus Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The goal of the program is to support the career development of outstanding Ph.D. recipients with great potential for advancing the ASU Charter.


  • Advancing scholarship and developing a scholarly agenda appropriate for a tenure-track academic position. This includes scholarly writing, presenting scholarship at national and/or international conferences, and pursuing external funding opportunities, as needed, to sustain or expand their community partnered, justice-oriented, collaborative, health and/or environmental action-oriented scholarship.
  • Developing and deepening relationships foundational to their community partnered, justice-oriented, collaborative, health and/or environmental action-oriented scholarship.
  • Pursuing teaching and/or other educational opportunities such as co-teaching, delivery of seminars, or other creative mentoring activities that align with development as a scholar.

The program seeks applicants whose professional preparedness, experience, and accomplishments are informed by experiences working with and within groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate, through prior actions and achievements, intentional and actioned commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Examples of such contributions are research or creative activity focused on empowering underserved populations; teaching, mentorship, and service that increases equitable access; and inclusion in fields where historically excluded populations are underrepresented.

The successful candidate will be supported in leading their own emerging program of scholarship. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change will provide individualized mentorship and career development to ensure each candidate is well prepared to succeed in a future tenure track appointment. Career development and community building will also occur through programmatic support at the ASU Graduate College’s Postdoctoral Affairs Office.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to community partnering, justice-oriented, collaborative, health and/or environmental action-oriented research (broadly defined)
  • PhD in social sciences, health sciences, Black studies, African American studies, Native American studies, American Indian studies, justice studies or allied fields by time appointment begins
  • Potential for effectiveness in teaching ASU’s diverse student population
  • Potential for effectiveness in both academic and public-facing scholarly communication
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students, faculty, and staff populations and communities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Community-based or community-serving program of research and/or outreach leveraging familial, historical, linguistic, and/or cultural ties
  • Experience in advancing activist research, participatory action research, or other transformative research activities, such as those focused on advancing social, health, or environmental justice
  • Academic publications and external awards

Start/End Dates: Accepted on a rolling basis, 1 year appointment

Salary/Pay: $70,000

Application Deadline: June 7

How to Apply: Please use the online application to view the full job description as well as how to apply.