Postdoctoral Scholars in the Humanities, Humanities in Leadership Learning Series (HILLS)

The College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University seeks applicants for three postdoctoral scholars in the humanities. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the scholarships support research in the humanities by scholars in the early stages of their careers and provide them with opportunities to explore leadership in higher education as participants in the Humanities in Leadership Learning Series (HILLS). Scholars will join a community of postdoctoral researchers, CWRU faculty, and graduate students and be affiliated with one or more of the humanities departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

We are particularly interested in scholars whose research explores issues related to race and racism, ethnicity, and/or social justice within the humanities and humanities-related fields (including Anthropology and Archaeology, Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Art History, Classics, Geography and Population Studies, English, Film, Cinema and Media Studies, Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Linguistics, Literature, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theater Studies).

HILLS Postdoctoral Scholars will have proximity and access to world-class academic and cultural resources during their year at Case Western Reserve University. CWRU is located in Cleveland, Ohio, in the heart of University Circle. CWRU’s neighbors and partners include the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Cleveland Natural History Museum, to name a few. The University is home to the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, which supports both faculty and students through funding and programming opportunities. CWRU also boasts strong relationships across the health sciences and engineering fields.  

To support research and leadership development, each scholar will be assigned two CWRU faculty mentors: one in the scholar’s field of specialization and one from the HILLS program. In addition to participating in these mentoring relationships, the scholars will be expected to teach one course related to their specialty and to actively pursue their own research project, such as a scholarly book, in order to develop their future professional career. The scholars will have the opportunity to organize a seminar and/or workshop with faculty as a means to support their research interests and career options. 

Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand prior to the appointment start date (on or about August 21, 2022).

A complete application package will include:

  • Cover letter, including a description of the research project to be developed during the one-year period
  • Diversity statement, which explains either:  
    • How their research, teaching, and/or service have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how their individual and/or collaborative efforts have promoted structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future, Or
    • How they value diversity, equity, and inclusion within their research and discipline(s) and how their own scholarly work might contribute to structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also suggest how the candidate’s work, while as a member of Case Western Reserve University, will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion and how moving forward they intend to foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference.  
  • One-page description of up to three ideas for courses that the candidate would be interested in teaching
  • List of top three current CWRU College of Arts and Sciences humanities or humanities-related faculty members who might serve as research mentor 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Three confidential letters of reference

For full consideration, applications should be submitted to by March 28, 2022. Applications will continue to be considered until the positions are filled.

For questions, please contact Executive Director of the HILLS Program Cassandra Veney (

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. As a recipient of the national Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for the past ten years, CWRU has been recognized nationally as a leader in advancing equity and inclusivity. The university and the College of Arts & Sciences at CWRU are committed to creating an inclusive community where all are welcome, valued and heard. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216.368.3066 or to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.