Visiting Scholar - Center of the American West

Center of the American West - University of Colorado Boulder in Colorado

Deadline March 15, 2014
Date Posted November 29, 2013
Type Fellowship
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time


The University of Colorados Center of the American West invites applications for a one-year appointment as a Visiting Fellow from August 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015. Candidate must hold a PhD in a field directly related to the Center of the American Wests work on regional, national, and transnational issues such as immigration, the transition to renewable energy, energy conservation, water policy, modern Indian identity, and remedies for the divisiveness and polarization in contemporary politics. In line with the Centers mission of transforming hindsight into foresight, we will give priority to candidates who bring a historical perspective to bear on a contemporary issue. The application should include a three-page proposal for a scholarly project that would interest and benefit an educated public, has the potential for extramural funding, and culminates at the end of the fellowship in an actual product (a report, a set of lectures placed with public audiences, a website, a short film, or some other mode of engagement). The candidate will also work with Center of the American West Faculty Director, Dr. Patty Limerick, on projects bringing scholarly expertise to bear on pressing contemporary issues. The candidate will co-teach a class with the Faculty Director, and become a participant in the Centers extended community.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by February 15, 2014. Along with the three-page project proposal, the application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. Materials can be sent as a .PDF to Kurt Gutjahr, Program Director, Center of the American West. (


This is an Academic year appointment beginning August 1 and going through May 31st.


40,000 a year plus benefits.


Fellows will be responsible for all living expenses and travel associated with their time here.


The Center of the American West was founded in 1986 by Patty Limerick and CU Law Professor Charles Wilkinson. The Center has published a number of books, including the influential Atlas of the New West (1997), and a series of lively, balanced, and to-the-point reports on compelling Western issues, including What Every Westerner Should Know About Energy (2003), Cleaning Up Abandoned Hardrock Mines in the West (2006), and What Every Westerner Should Know About Energy Efficiency and Conservation (2007). The Centers film, The Lovers Guide to the West, debuted on Rocky Mountain PBS in April 2010. Limerick and Center staff are currently working on several projects, including a book about the role of the Department of Interior in the West, based on the Inside Interior series of interviews hosted by the Center between 2004 and 2006.   Last year Fulcrum Press published A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water co-written by Patty Limerick and Jason Hanson.  The Center of the American West is part of the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network, a team that includes 27 scientists and nine different institutions and is studying the environmental effects of Natural Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing.  The grant, a twelve million dollar, five-year study, explores what we know, what we don't know, and what we hope to learn about Natural Gas Development.


The Center of the American West serves as a forum committed to the civil, respectful, problem-solving exploration of important, often contentious, public issues. In an era of political polarization and contention, the Center strives to bring out the better angels of our nature by appealing to our common loyalties and hopes as Westerners. To learn more go to:




The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer.

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