Historically Underrepresented Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year have been awarded.

Applications for positions beginning in the fall of 2020 will be accepted in fall 2019.

SUNY Oneonta is committed to advancing the careers of scholars, especially exceptional junior faculty, from historically underrepresented groups. One of the college’s related goals is to increase the diversity of its full-time faculty. To help achieve this goal, SUNY Oneonta sponsors the Historically Underrepresented Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program designed to bring to campus visiting faculty members from historically underrepresented groups who will contribute significantly to advancing diversity and academic excellence as they develop their scholarship, experience life as a college faculty member, and expand their teaching skills.

Program Guidelines

  • Up to two positions will be offered each academic year. Applications from candidates will be received by the Office of Academic Programs on a rolling basis until the position(s) is/are filled.
  • Each application will be submitted to the relevant department. The department chair will appoint a Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program Committee that will consist of at least three faculty members from the department. The Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program Committee will review the application and make a recommendation to the department chair. The recommendation will be based on evidence in the application and the guidelines of the Program. The department chair may forward a hiring recommendation to the relevant dean based on a majority vote of the entire department. Based on the department recommendation, the dean may then forward a recommendation to hire to the Provost, who will make the decision as to whether or not the candidate will be hired. The decision of the Provost is final.
  • The successful candidate will be appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor and receive a temporary, two-year appointment. 
  • If a permanent tenure-track position becomes available in the department during or immediately following the employment of the Historically Underrepresented Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellow, the department may, by majority vote, recommend to move the Fellow into that position. The Provost, in consultation with the dean will make the decision as to whether or not the candidate will be hired. The decision of the Provost is final.

Duties of the Visiting Assistant Professor

Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellows will:

  • Teach a reduced load consisting of two courses in each of the fall and spring semesters in their field of expertise as defined by the academic department;
  • Complete his or her dissertation;
  • Mentor students;
  • Deliver one public lecture annually; and
  • Participate fully in the life of the college and the community.


The Historically Underrepresented Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program of the SUNY Oneonta is offering teaching and research opportunities to recent graduates of terminal degree programs and graduate students entering the final stages of terminal degree programs. The program is intended for individuals from historically underrepresented populations who are seeking experiences to help them further develop the skills needed to be successful university faculty members. Individuals selected to participate in the program will receive two-year appointments as Visiting Assistant Professors and will teach two courses per semester. If an appropriate tenure-track faculty position becomes available during the two-year appointment period, the Fellow may have an opportunity to move into that position.

Minimum requirements for participation in the program are: master’s degree (or equivalent); academic background in one of the fields taught at SUNY Oneonta; and a completed application including at least three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals familiar with the applicant’s academic record.

Fellows are expected to work with one of the Living Learning Communities to develop/implement multicultural programming on campus.


Dr. Eileen Morgan-Zayachek
Associate Provost for Academic Programs
108 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: 607-436-2855
Email: Eileen.Morgan@oneonta.edu