Visiting Fellow Center of the American West

The University of Colorado’s Center of the American West invites applications for a one year appointment as a visiting fellow from August 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015. Candidate must hold a Ph.D in a field directly related to the Center of the American West’s work on regional, national, and transnational issues such as immigration, the transition to renewable energy, energy conservation, water policy, modern Indian identity, and remedies for the divisiveness and polarization in contemporary politics.In line with the Center’s mission of transforming hindsight into foresight, we will give priority to candidates who bring a historical perspective to bear on a contemporary issue.

The application should include a three page proposal for a scholarly project that would interest and benefit an educated public, has the potential for extramural funding, and culminates at the end of the fellowship in an actual product (a report, a set of lectures placed with public audiences, a website, a short film, or some other mode of engagement).

The candidate will also work with Center of the American West faculty director, Dr. Patty Limerick, on projects bringing scholarly expertise to bear on pressing contemporary issues. The candidate will co-teach a class with Dr. Limerick, and become a participant in the Center’s extended community.

Compensation is $40,000 plus benefits.

Fellows are responsible for all living expenses and travel associated with their time here.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by February 15, 2014.

The Center of the American West was founded in 1986 by Patty Limerick and CU Law Professor Charles Wilkinson. The Center has published a number of books, including the influential Atlas of the New West (1997), and a series of lively, balanced, and to-the-point reports on compelling Western issues, including What Every Westerner Should Know About Energy (2003), Cleaning Up Abandoned Hardrock Mines in the West (2006), and What Every Westerner Should Know About Energy Efficiency and Conservation (2007). The Center’s film, The Lover’s Guide to the West, debuted on Rocky Mountain PBS in April 2010. Limerick and Center staff are currently working on several projects, including a book about the role of the Department of Interior in the West, based on the “Inside Interior” series of interviews hosted by the Center between 2004 and 2006. Last year Fulcrum Press published A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water co-written by Patty Limerick and Jason Hanson.

The Center of the American West is part of the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network, a team that includes twenty-seven scientists and nine institutions and is studying the environmental effects of natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing. The grant, a twelve million dollar, five year study, explores what we know, what we don’t know, and what we hope to learn about natural gas development.

The Center of the American West serves as a forum committed to the civil, respectful, problem-solving exploration of important, often contentious, public issues. In an era of political polarization and contention, the Center strives to bring out “the better angels of our nature” by appealing to our common loyalties and hopes as Westerners. To learn more go to: .

Along with the three page project proposal described above, application materials are to include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references.

Application materials should be emailed as a pdf to Kurt Gutjahr, Program Director, Center of the American West, at (

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at

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