IRISE Post-Doctoral Fellow, Social Movement Support Lab
University of Denver (Denver )
August 20, 2021
Post date: August 5, 2021

The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE: is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join the Social Movement Support Lab for a two-year term. The Social Movement Support Lab fights systemic racism by partnering with the communities most directly affected by it and providing them with the support they need to create transformative social change. We operate through teams of DU students, faculty, staff, and alums that provide research, organizing, policy, legal, and communications assistance to some of the most exciting and cutting-edge racial justice movements being led by communities of color across the U.S., including efforts to:

  • Shrink the mass criminalization and incarceration systems;

  • Dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline; and

  • Remedy the over-investment in the criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems and the under-investment in education, public health, and community well-being.

Position Summary

Research Praxis
The fellow will spend the majority of their time engaged in the development and operation of the Social Movement Support Lab. The fellow will support the Labs community partners by: (1) conducting various forms of research; (2) drafting reports, fact sheets, policy briefs, and other public education and advocacy materials; (3) developing and implementing policy advocacy and communications strategies; and (4) participating in meetings with grassroots organizing partners, coalitions and other stakeholders. Additionally, the fellow will be responsible for collaborating with faculty, staff, and students from across the university as well as community partners in developing pathways for engagement in the Lab. The fellow will also complete an academic research project related to the development and/or operation of the center.

The fellow will receive guidance and support from mentors and advisors in the Sturm College of Law, Graduate School of Social Work, Korbel School of International Studies, and other units of the university as well as community partners.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $53,760 for the first year and $54,144 for the second year, a professional development and research account ($3,000 per year), access to space and research equipment (including personal office and computer), and a comprehensive benefits package.

Essential Functions


Fellows will teach one course in their first year and two courses in their second year; each on topics that will satisfy requirements for DU's Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor. Courses may be cross-listed across relevant departments and/or taught in alternative departments in different terms. Fellows will have access to resources and training, particularly to inclusive pedagogical practices, through the University of Denver's Office of Teaching and Learning and through the Psychology Departments quarterly teaching seminars.

The fellow will work closely with IRISE to develop as a campus leader and to thereby extend the impact of DU faculty and students on issues of racial (in)equity. More specifically, the fellow will collaborate on the vision, design, and implementation of IRISE programming related to their research areas each year while also collaborating in the development of new programming connected to the social movement support center. The successful candidate will also be expected to actively participate in and support IRISE's intellectual life and various other partner initiatives (DU IMPACT 2025 and the DU Grand Challenges) in amplifying their role as a scholar confronting racial inequality in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.

Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree. Candidates with a JD, MSW, MPP, or PhD with a foundation in Critical Race Theory, ethnic studies, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have completed all requirements for their terminal degree by August 16, 2021.

  • Candidates must be untenured and within five years of the awarding of their degree.

  • Advocacy and/or research agenda aligned with social movements, working class organizing, structural racism, and racial justice.

  • Experience with community-based participatory research, community organizing, and working with historically marginalized communities is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Applicants are ideally trained in both quantitative and qualitative research techniques and analysis.

  • Experience in program administration or program coordination.

  • Additionally, because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of inequality, we especially encourage applications from historically marginalized groups.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Friday, August 20, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 8.

Salary Range
The salary range for the position is $50,000 - $55,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume/CV

  2. Cover Letter

  3. Statement of personal experience or demonstrated commitment to social justice

  4. Writing Sample

  5. Names and contact information of three references

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Application Instructions 

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

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