Post Doctoral Fellow (Visiting Assistant Professor) – Ph.D. Program in Environmental Psychology in New York New York United States



As a Post-Doctoral Fellow, conducts research, teaches at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, contributing to academic programs in a specialized discipline. This is a non-tenure track position of limited duration.

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The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the principal Ph.D. granting institution of CUNY, announces a postdoctoral fellowship in Urban Studies, to be housed in the interdisciplinary Environmental Psychology Ph.D. Program. The Postdoctoral Fellow will report to the Gittell Chair in Urban Studies.

The Marilyn J. Gittell Visiting Professorship, established in honor of the late Political Science Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, is for a social science Ph.D. working on areas that concerned Marilyn Gittell, especially research focused on cities, urban politics, public policy, democratic and civic engagement, social movements, citizenship and governance, and community practices, both domestically and abroad. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand by August 2015, in Anthropology, History, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, or a related field.

The goal of the Gittell postdoctoral fellowship program is to prepare researchers committed to understanding and addressing critical issues in community-engaged research, especially in urban settings. The Visiting Professor will be expected to help administer seminars and activities sponsored by the Marilyn J. Gittell Endowed Chair in Urban Studies.

The Environmental Psychology program draws upon interdisciplinarity as the means to include the many necessary perspectives for understanding the interactions of people and place, while embracing the policy and design disciplines that shape our environments – including our built environment, social settings, informational environments, and natural ones.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Educational training: create an individualized curriculum plan to address substantive, conceptual, and methodological areas relevant to the fellow’s needs and objectives for post-doctoral education, to support fellows in acquiring skills and knowledge required to conduct independent research and analysis of issues and problems related to urban studies and community-based research.
  • Research Training: develop and implement independent research with the guidance and mentorship of the Gittell Chair in Urban Studies. Research training will also include support for travel to meetings related to the trainee’s research interests.
  • Program Administration: Co-planning and managing seminars, public events, and other activities sponsored by the Gittell Chair, including an Urban Research Conference. Develop curricula to share the Gittell Urban Studies group’s methodologies and projects. Work with the Gittell Chair to identify strategic goals and provide mentorship to graduate fellows as needed, including grant development and communications.


Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

A preferred candidate should have a Ph.D. in one of the disciplines in the nursing or humanistic social sciences. Candidates who received their Ph.D. in 2011 at the earliest, or who have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline are preferred.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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February 14, 2015


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Job Title: Post Doctoral Fellow (Visiting Assistant Professor) – Ph.D. Program in Environmental Psychology

Job ID: 12107

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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