Pre-/Post-Doc in Community Building and Social Change (Emory University)

Emory University

Emory College’s Department of Political Science and the Community Building and Social Change Fellows Program is seeking applicants for a two-year pre- or post-doctoral teaching and research fellowship in community building and social change.  The teaching load for this position is three courses per year plus research and service contributions to the CBSC program equivalent to a fourth course.  Our expectation is that the successful candidate would teach three courses each academic year during the term of the appointment. 

We are particularly interested in candidates whose teaching and research interests complement Emory’s undergraduate fellowship program and minor in community building and social change. The CBSC fellows program is a year-long multidisciplinary program that features a two-course sequence in community building and social change and a community building summer practicum. More information about the community building fellows program can be found at

Applicants should be able to teach one of the CBSC program’s two core courses: Community Building and Social Change (offered during the Fall semester) and Planning and Evaluating Community Initiatives (offered during the Spring semester). The former introduces students to collaborative, cross-sector, community-based initiatives as a means for effective and equitable community problem-solving. A variety of case studies drawn from contemporary and historical initiatives in the areas of housing and community development, education, health, and environment/sustainability, as well as more comprehensive approaches for reducing poverty and promoting economic mobility, provide a foundation for students to identify and assess the appropriateness of a variety of key principles of practice that undergird place-based initiatives.  The second course, which also includes a lab, is designed to assist students and their community partners in developing a work plan to guide their summer practicum as well as providing students with the community-based research methods needed for carrying out their projects. Among others, these include: working with small area data, Geographic Information Systems, strategic planning and other approaches for fostering community engagement, intensive interviews, survey research, and focus groups. 

Regarding the two elective courses, we are particularly interested in courses that would complement the CBSC program by providing opportunities for more in-depth exploration of a variety of topics related to the dynamics of urban communities and the well-being of vulnerable populations. Topics of interest for which we are seeking course coverage include general survey courses on urban communities, community organizing, race, class, and ethnicity, urban politics, urban public policy, and urban policy analysis, as well as more specialized courses on specific topics or substantive areas such as gentrification and neighborhood change, social capital and civic engagement, housing and community development, economic development, social policy, community health, education, the urban environment/sustainability, or public safety. Courses that provide an experiential learning component are especially welcome. 

Qualifications. Candidates should have a strong commitment to community-engaged learning and community-based research and preferably previous experience in both areas. A PhD in the social sciences is strongly preferred, though we will consider applications from candidates in the advanced stages of their dissertation research with previous teaching experience.  

Effective Date of Appointment. This is a two-year appointment beginning January 2023.

Instructions on how to apply for position (e.g. URL, email address) *

Review of applications will begin September 15 and remain open until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit via Interfolio a letter of application describing their teaching and research interests including their experience with community-engaged learning and/or community-based research, a curriculum vitae, a description of the courses they would like to teach (please submit reading lists, course outlines and/or syllabi if available), teaching evaluations (if available), a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.  The Interfolio URL is: . E-mail questions or inquiries to: Professor Michael Rich at


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