In 2011, the Provost's Renew DU initiative (PDF) was created to solicit, consider and recommend ideas for further strengthening DU's academic programs. Inclusive Excellence was one of five determined priority areas, with a dedicated "incubator" working group gathered to identify initiatives for funding and implementation. In 2013the University selected the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality, or IRISE proposal (PDF) as one of the Renew DU Iniatiatives.
Under the direction of the Assistant Provost for IE Research and Curricular Initiatives, IRISE aims to help faculty and students in the development of cutting edge research on equity and inequality with a central focus on interdisciplinary topics/issues related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status and religion.
Requests for Research/Creative Work Funding
With the goal of providing an intellectual home for faculty and students at DU to engage in this work, IRISE provides grants for research/creative work. IRISE is in the process of developing a process by which DU faculty can request support for pilot projects and professional development. In the meantime, please address all requests for support to IRISE@du.edu. All requests for support should be no more than 2 pages and include a narrative explaining how the request is related to the development of research related to the interdisciplinary study of inequality and a budget detailing expected costs. Watch for additional information on funding process and other IRISE initiatives.
IRISE Seeking 3 Two Year Post-Doc Fellows for the Study of Inequality
IRISE is seeking three (3) two-year postdoctoral research fellows beginning September 1, 2014. We are seeking candidates who are:
- Capable of bringing together insights from the disciplines of psychology, education, sociology, social work, public health, or a related field in order to work towards constructing an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the adjustment of Latino immigrant families. The fellow will be housed in the Department of Psychology and the Morgridge College of Education. Immigrant Youth post-Doc (PDF)
- Capable of bringing the insights of sociology, education, social work, Ethnic Studies, law, or a related field to the interdisciplinary study of race, class, and/or gender (in)equities in K-12 education. The fellow will be housed in the Department of Sociology & Criminology, with co-supervision and mentorship by faculty in Gender & Women’s Studies, Morgridge College of Education, and the Graduate School of Social Work. K-12 Inequalities post-Doc (PDF)
- Capable of bringing together insights from the disciplines of geography, environmental science, history, anthropology, law or a related field to the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between racial, ethnic, and socio-economic inequality and decisions about location, funding, and protection of public open space in the metropolitan United States. The fellow will be housed in the Department Geography and the Environment, with co-supervision and mentorship by faculty in the History and Anthropology departments, as well as the Sturm College of Law’s Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute. Open Space Post-Doc (PDF)
The IRISE postdoctoral fellowship will provide opportunities to train and research using large dataset methodology and advanced longitudinal data analysis, qualitative data analysis, fully-equipped Geographical Information Systems, robust local archival collections, and having access to local and state governments as well as community organizations. The fellows will spend the majority of time engaged in independent research and scholarship under the guidance of departmental faculty members. Fellows will also be expected to be active in the DU community of scholars engaged in research and teaching relating to the study of inequality locally and nationally. Fellows will teach one course in their specialty the first year and two courses in their specialty the second year. The successful candidate will also be expected to attend and contribute to a weekly seminar and support other initiatives of the IRISE, such as promotion of conferences and symposia.
Application Deadline is February 28, 2014. For more detailed information about each Post-Doc position, please click on the respective links above.
IRISE Advisory Board (2013-14)
- William Cross, Higher Education
Rafael Fajardo, Emergent Digital Practices
Patricia Greer, University College
Michele Hanna, Graduate School of Social Work
- Lisa Martinez, Sociology and Criminology
- Salvador Mercado, Languages and Literatures
Dean Saitta, Anthropology
Maria Salazar, Curriculum & Instruction and Teacher Education
Joyce Sterling, Law
Sarah Pessin, Philosophy and Director of Center for Judaic Studies
Mary Ann Villarreal, Colorado Women’s College
Nancy Wadsworth, Political Science
Kate Willink, Communication Studies
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