Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) recognizes the current challenges of the academic and non-academic job markets. The School wishes to support our exceptional doctoral students in making a productive transition from our PhD program into their careers. The School, therefore, may provide a year of post-PhD support in the form of a Postdoctoral Fellow to one or two recently graduated UO SOJC PhDs who have not secured employment elsewhere. Each Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with a tenure-related faculty supervisor. The Postdoctoral Fellow position will carry a three- or four-course load with expectations of research/creative productivity. Because the goal of these positions is to provide a stepping stone to the next stage of the Postdoctoral Fellow’s career, these positions are expected to last for one year. They are not career NTTF positions. A Fellow may apply for no more than one additional year; however, new applicants will be given priority consideration.


A PhD from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication within the preceding academic year (fall – summer) is required. (Summer graduation will only be considered with adviser and committee assurance of summer graduation.)


The Postdoctoral Fellowship provides an opportunity to develop and enhance skills and experience required to be competitive on the job market by taking advantage of faculty and university resources. Expectations of the fellowship include teaching three-four courses as described below, presenting research at conferences, submitting and/or publishing papers in high quality journals, edited volumes, and/or monographs in the fellow’s area(s) of study, and submitting grant proposals as appropriate.

Postdoctoral Fellow Supervisor

The goal of the SOJC Postdoctoral Fellow program is to provide support and mentorship and aid to the Fellow’s career development. Potential Fellows are advised to find a supervisor who can aid in research growth and development beyond the PhD. The supervisor can/should be a faculty member other than the graduate’s adviser, or he or she can be the dissertation advisor if appropriate. The supervisor meets regularly with the Postdoctoral Fellow to discuss and possibly collaborate on new directions in the Fellow’s research. Fellows may also work directly with a faculty member if they wish to learn new skills from that faculty member. Supervisor/Fellow arrangements are made by agreement between both parties and the Dean.


A postdoctoral fellow position comes with a three- or four-course load (depending on course size, number of preparations and other contingencies). The courses taught by the Postdoctoral Fellow may occur in any of three terms (Fall, Winter, Spring). Expertise is determined from prior teaching or GTF experience as well as SOJC faculty feedback. Assignment of particular classes will be made by the Associate Deans in consultation with the Area Directors

Budgetary considerations

Each potential position is contingent on availability of funds. Funding for these Postdoctoral Fellow positions comes from School funds available for hiring adjunct and visiting faculty and consequently fluctuates with such factors as leave savings, buyout funds, and other resources.

Application procedure

Positions and application instructions will be posted on the UO Human Resources website and the employment page of the SOJC website during Spring term. Generally the application will involve submission of a CV and a statement of research and teaching interests, as well as a reference from a faculty collaborator/mentor. See job postings for detailed instructions.