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IDEA Fellows Program

Stony Brook University seeks to hire, engage, and mentor Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (IDEA) Fellows who can help catalyze our university’s commitment to inclusive solutions-driven research and scholarship at intersections of different disciplines. As a public university dedicated to addressing society’s greatest challenges through research and education, we understand a genuine commitment to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) is key to academic excellence, new discoveries, and societal change. IDEA Fellows will engage in scholarship and teaching in clusters that represent key areas in Stony Brook’s current and growing strengths, bringing a commitment to advancing DEIJ through research, pedagogical advances, and service in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Business (CoB), and Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), and the Schools of Communication and Journalism (SoCJ), and Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS).

IDEA Fellows are full-time, 12-month, non-tenure-track lecturer positions appointed at an annual salary of $80,000 with comprehensive state benefits, to commence Fall 2023. Importantly, the fellows will be part of a mentored research environment, with a modest teaching load. At the completion of this two year position, fellows with an upward trajectory of scholarly achievement and a demonstrated contribution to inclusion, diversity, and equity will be invited to join the tenure-track faculty at Stony Brook University through an internal promotion process.

Topic Areas


Each successful candidate’s primary appointment will be in a department that supports one of the broad areas outlined above. Both the candidate’s interest and the recruitment and selection process will drive decisions about College/School and departmental affiliation. Candidates must have demonstrated plans to contribute to DEIJ; excellence in innovative research and scholarship; and the potential to contribute to the teaching mission of the academic unit they join. The successful candidate will be expected to be an effective interdisciplinary teacher, a mentor at the undergraduate and graduate levels to guide research and professional development, and an active participant in community outreach activities. During their two-year appointment, the fellows will meet together and with university mentors for discussion and support as their research progresses. Discussions will center on paths to academic excellence and success, the experience of diversity and inclusion, ways to overcome barriers, and factors that facilitate belonging and engagement.

Stony Brook prides itself on attracting a remarkably diverse student body, including many first-generation immigrants and first-generation college students. Recent studies have shown that Stony Brook is one of the top universities in the U.S. for enabling the upward mobility of its students. We aim to grow our faculty in ways that mirror our student body and enhance our commitment to social mobility. We strive to support a faculty complement that connects with and understands the needs, interests, and backgrounds of its student body, in part to maximize the effectiveness of our mentoring.

We are interested in scholars who evidence a commitment to inclusive excellence. These individuals will bring a critical perspective based on experience in or understanding of groups historically underrepresented in higher education that includes a focus on one or more of the five key areas as outlined above.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. (EDT) Oct 17, 2022. Multiple fellows will be hired, hence the list of topics above reflects a broad swath of interest for a pool of fellows, with more than one hire expected in some areas. Candidates whose interests cut across several topical areas, offer critical and creative approaches, and have the potential for successful interdisciplinary DEIJ-related scholarship are particularly encouraged to apply.


Required: PhD or relevant terminal degree from an accredited institution prior to a start date between 6/1/2023 and 9/1/2023 with specialization in one of the possible appointing departments or related field. A record of research related to one of the possible appointing departments or related fields.

Preferred: Evidence of or potential for excellence in research and service; undergraduate and graduate teaching; interdisciplinary collaboration; and community outreach.

Application instructions

A complete application will consist of six items, plus the required application form: 1) a cover letter that addresses the criteria for each position and that discusses disciplinary and interdisciplinary interests as well as career goals, 2) CV, 3) sample of representative scholarly work (no more than three publications), 4) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statement, 5) research statement, and 6) teaching statement. Additionally, the candidate should submit up to three letters of reference and identify up to three potential departmental affiliations from a list of participating departments through the Interfolio portal.

Review of applicant files will begin on October 17, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to the Provost’s Office For this position, we are unable to sponsor candidates for work visas.