About Augustana College:

Augustana College is a selective liberal arts and sciences college of 2,500 students, including 26 percent first generation college students, 23 percent Pell Grant students, 24 percent students of color, and 12 percent international students.  Our beautifully wooded and largely residential campus is located in Rock Island, IL, a diverse Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities metropolitan area along the Mississippi River with 400,000 residents about three hours west of Chicago. 

Strengthening our diverse and inclusive community is central to the college’s mission and strategic plan. We seek applicants with an interest in fostering rigorous, inclusive, and high-impact learning environments for a diverse student body. Details about Augustana College, our expectations of the faculty, the selection process, and the Quad Cities all are available at Teaching at Augustana.   

Job Description:

The Diversity Fellowship program supports a doctoral candidate or recent doctoral graduate from an underrepresented group or who otherwise contributes to diversity to engage in teaching and research in a liberal arts college environment and prepare for a tenure-track position. The program is a part of our comprehensive efforts to increase the diversity of Augustana faculty and of liberal arts colleges generally. This fellowship begins in August of the 2021-2022 academic year, with possible renewal for an additional year upon mutual agreement. We invite applications from graduate students who will use the fellowship to complete their dissertation or early career scholars within two years of completing their terminal degree who will use the fellowship to hone teaching skills and advance their scholarly agenda. The successful candidate will strengthen the diversity of our campus community and bring a commitment to fostering equity and inclusion, demonstrate a commitment to developing as a teacher, have an interest in participating in the life of the college and interacting with students beyond the classroom, and show a commitment to actively infusing multiple perspectives and critical thinking into pedagogy.

Applicants must be a member of a group or population that has been historically underrepresented in faculty positions at Augustana College or in higher education, or otherwise contribute to diversity. This includes, but is not limited to, racial and ethnic diversity, sex and gender, LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with other diverse backgrounds. Total compensation in the first year is $40,000 (to be split between research support and salary, at the discretion of the fellow); the fellowship also comes with benefit eligibility and a relocation allowance. In the first year, the fellow will teach three courses, preferably, one fall semester course, one intensive J-term course, and one spring semester course. The college offers a New Faculty Orientation and year-long Faculty Mentoring Circle program to support first year faculty in acclimating to the college and developing in the areas of pedagogy and student learning. Diversity Fellows are also eligible to apply for Professional Meeting Allowance and other institutional funding to support their teaching and scholarship. In the second year of the fellowship, the candidate teaching load and salary will increase to be commensurate with that of a full-time contingent faculty member. 

Final approval of the position is pending funding. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021.


Must be a doctoral candidate or recent doctoral graduate. Area of expertise is open, but candidates must be able to teach in one of the college’s six divisions: Division of Fine and Performing Arts (Art, Art History, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Music, Theatre Arts); Division of Language and Literature (Classics, English, World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures); Natural Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy); Division of History, Philosophy and Religion (History, Philosophy, and Religion); Business and Education (Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Education, Physical Education); Social Science (Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology) And/or in one of our interdisciplinary programs:  Africana Studies; Asian Studies; Data Analytics; Environmental Studies; Kinesiology; Latin American Studies; Neuroscience; Public Health; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

We are especially interested in candidates from disciplines for which we anticipate longer-term teaching needs, including Art, Biology, Business Administration, Data Analytics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Music, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology and Anthropology, and Spanish.

Additional Information:

Augustana College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Augustana College provides equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, and any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a letter of application addressing their likely contribution to Augustana’s goal of strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion and career interests, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (copies), statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three professional references. Questions may be directed to Associate Dean of the College Jessica Schultz (jessicaschultz@augustana.edu). 

Final approval of the position is pending funding. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021.