IRWG Research Leadership Fellowship in the Arts or Humanities

Announcing a new faculty opportunity at IRWG, aimed at catalyzing new relationships and research ideas in the arts or humanities:

The IRWG Research Leadership Fellow in the Arts or Humanities will receive one month of summer salary to work with IRWG Director Anna Kirkland and the arts and/or humanities faculty across the university to envision new research collaborations and directions.

The goals of the IRWG Research Leadership Fellow in the Arts or Humanities position are to share leadership opportunities and to strengthen connections between IRWG and the arts and/or humanities faculty across all three University of Michigan campuses. The Research Leadership Fellow will be expected to meet one on one with colleagues in the humanities and the arts at all ranks and in related centers and institutes, to spend time envisioning and brainstorming about feminist research in these areas, and to plan follow up steps for promising directions. The Fellow will deliver a final report to the IRWG Director summarizing key ideas from the discussions, outlining the most promising areas of collaboration, and offering suggestions for ways to catalyze arts and/or humanities research through IRWG. The Fellow will also work with the Director to gain leadership training on visioning and strategizing in interdisciplinary feminist scholarship.


Tenured faculty in the arts or humanities who would like to focus on the big picture of research at Michigan and build relationships around ideas are encouraged to apply. IRWG’s mission is focused on faculty research on women, gender, and/or sexuality from an intersectional perspective. We seek a colleague for whom this opportunity is a good fit in their career trajectory and who is enthusiastic about learning about others’ research and making new connections across the campus. Meetings will begin remotely with the hope to move to in person when safe; the IRWG Research Leadership Fellow should be someone in residence in Ann Arbor during the appointment term. The hours for the month could be spread across the summer (likely given the scheduling needs of other faculty being interviewed) but the work must be completed by the start of the Fall term. The Fellow will have IRWG staff support for scheduling and meetings. The faculty member need not have pre-existing relationships with IRWG but would be expected to become a faculty affiliate. It is understandable that the Fellow might focus on the arts or the humanities and not both.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a letter no more than 3 pages explaining your background and interest in the position and confirming that you will be in residency in Ann Arbor for at least a large part of the work time. Please explain in detail how you would investigate and promote gender research across the arts and the humanities at Michigan, including how you would develop new relationships. Applications will be reviewed by the Director and members of the IRWG Executive Committee at the April 28, 2021 Executive Committee meeting and a decision will be communicated soon after.


Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Please submit your letter to Nicole Perry,