John D. Montgomery Post-doctoral Fellowship

Soka University of America (SUA)
Orange County, CA, United States
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The Pacific Basin Research Center (PBRC) at Soka University of America (SUA), a premier Liberal Arts University in Orange County California, is pleased to announce a call for applications for the seventh annual John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended to support young scholars whose research emphasizes humanistic development in and connections among the peoples of the Pacific Basin, defined broadly to encompass Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

This year’s theme is “Environmental Challenges across the Pacific.”  We are interested in applications from scholars with research interests in deforestation, agriculture, plantations, resource extraction, watershed management, habitat loss, and other forms of environmental degradation, preferably but not exclusively in Latin America or Asia, or transnational / transregional challenges.  This includes scholars focusing on the physical environment, environmental policy, and social environments.  Knowledge of GIS would be considered an asset.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $50,000 as well as undergraduate research assistance and conference support.  The Fellow will be expected to teach one course in each of the fall and spring semesters (a 1-1 teaching load), including a special topics course related to their expertise in Environmental Studies.  The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the PBRC and Environmental Studies by organizing talks, mentoring students, and conducting independent research.

Soka University of America is located in Aliso Viejo, southern Orange County. Opening in 2001, SUA has quickly joined the ranks of some of the world’s finest liberal arts campuses.  The US News and World Report College Rankings places Soka in the top twenty-five national liberal arts institutions, first for financial resources, second in student diversity and faculty resources, and eleventh for best value.  Boasting an average class size of 13 students, a 1:8 student to teacher ratio, and a diverse student body, SUA is committed to helping students become global citizens.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabus, and two letters of reference to:

Human Resources
Re: John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Fax: (949) 480-4164

Deadline for applications is April 12, 2019.

Candidates must be able to legally work in the United States of America and be no more than two years beyond earning their PhD.  Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

If you have any questions, please contact PBRC Program Coordinator Kayo Yoshikawa ( ) or PBRC Director Shane Barter ( )