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Call for Applications- The John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Presented by the Pacific Basin Research Center

Call for Applications

The Pacific Basin Research Center (PBRC) at Soka University of America is pleased to announce a call for applications for the first 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 regions of the Pacific Basin.  This year’s theme is Asia in Latin America.  We encourage applications from young scholars (within two years of defending their dissertation) interested in Asian investment, political interests, culture, diasporas, or other aspects of how Asia increasingly connects across the Pacific Ocean to Latin America.

John D. Montgomery is known for his excellence in connecting academic and policy worlds to promote humanistic development around the world.  As a Ford Foundation Professor at Harvard and the PBRC’s inaugural Director, Professor Montgomery published dozens of path-breaking studies on foreign aid, the environment, social capital, administrative reform, and much more.  Reflecting Professor Montgomery’s outstanding contributions, the successful applicant will demonstrate distinction in research, teaching, and policy, as well as dedication towards an improved understanding of the Pacific Basin.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $45,000.  The Fellow will be expected to teach one course in each of the fall and spring semesters (a 1-1 load), including one upper-level seminar on a topic related to Asia in Latin America and a lower-division course, an Introduction to the Pacific Basin.  The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the PBRC by organizing talks, connecting to students, and conducting independent research.

Soka University of America is located in Aliso Viejo, southern Orange County.  Opening its breathtaking campus in 2001, SUA has quickly joined the ranks of some of the best liberal arts campuses in the world.  The 2013 US News and World Report College Rankings placed Soka in the top fifty liberal arts institutions in the country (number seven on the west coast), placing #1 for faculty resources and foreign students, and within the top ten best value schools.  Boasting an average class size of 13 students, a 1:8 student / teacher ratio, and an immensely diverse student body, SUA is committed to helping students become global citizens.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, a sample syllabus, and two references to the PBRC Associate Director, Shane Barter (pbrc@soka.edu), as well as Human Resources (jobs@soka.edu) by 01 May 2013.