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CUNY Humanities Alliance Research Fellow (Research Associate) in New York, New York

Humanities Alliance Research Fellow (Research Associate)

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Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.

  • Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding

  • Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data

  • Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings

  • Collaborates with internal and external colleagues

  • Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties


Research Associate




The CUNY Humanities Alliance, generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation , exposes graduate students to the best ways to support humanities education in the community college context, while simultaneously expanding access to the humanities for undergraduates from the BIPOC and immigration communities served by the City University of New York . By participating in a wide range of professional development activities, grounded in projects and opportunities at the community colleges, CUNY Humanities Alliance Fellows will be well-prepared for a range of careers in the humanities. By developing peer- and near-peer mentoring networks as well as unique educational and professional opportunities, the project fosters equity, access, and inclusion in humanities education as well as academic support and leadership.

The CUNY Humanities Alliance, based at The Graduate Center , began in 2016 as a partnership with LaGuardia Community College, and in 2020 expanded to include three additional CUNY community colleges: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Guttman Community College, and Hostos Community College. Beginning in fall 2021, the CUNY Humanities Alliance began placing 28 Graduate Center doctoral students over four years in educational development roles at the four partner institutions. Working closely with faculty, staff, and administrators, and supported by The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center and the Futures Initiative , graduate fellows are helping plan and support a range of opportunities for humanities education. These may include experiential teaching that brings the city into the classroom, assignments that integrate technology and facilitate collaborative research and writing into undergraduate classes, and efforts to reduce textbook costs by launching projects to develop high-quality Open Educational Resources.

The CUNY Humanities Alliance has expanded its undergraduate mentoring program in partnership with the Futures Initiative to serve more than 250 undergraduate students over the five years of the project, helping each create a pathway to four-year campuses. Students in the CUNY Peer Leaders program will have the chance to explore humanities education and career pathways and develop crucial leadership abilities. Four-year college students will serve as peer mentors, so that community college students can hear firsthand about the transfer process, differences between institutions, and the challenges fellow students have faced. CUNY Humanities Alliance graduate fellows will have leadership opportunities within the program as near-peer mentors.


We seek a CUNY Humanities Alliance Research Fellow to undertake research on the program’s impact on approaches to mentoring and career preparation in doctoral education, the development and support of equitable, inclusive practices in classrooms and universities, and the role of community colleges and the humanities within the higher education landscape.

The CUNY Humanities Alliance Research Fellow (Research Associate) will be institutionally located within the Futures Initiative, a program housed at the CUNY Graduate Center with the mission of “advancing equity and innovation in higher education.” The Futures Initiative brings together graduate fellows, faculty fellows, and undergraduate leadership fellows from across CUNY through a range of programs that support equity and innovation in higher education—including the Humanities Alliance.

We welcome candidates from any field of the humanities, education, or the social sciences. Competitive candidates should demonstrate interest in areas such as: diversity and inclusion in community college and throughout higher education; equity and inequity; critical university studies; student-centered pedagogy; the role of higher education in students’ lives; first-generation college students; English language learners; and/or other vital issues of concern to community college students, such as food and housing insecurity, immigration, bias based on race, gender, sexuality or ability, income inequality, or social mobility.

The Fellow will review and synthesize research completed in years 1-4 and will conduct original research and analysis on the impact of the grant project at CUNY, and the potential for the project to be a model for additional investment at CUNY and at other institutions. Depending on the candidate's areas of strength, research might focus on results of implementing student-centered pedagogy; lessons learned in creating bridges between community colleges and four-year colleges; the role of graduate education in preparing future community college faculty; and varying approaches to mentoring. Candidates will be expected to meaningfully communicate the impact of the cumulative work of the four-year CUNY Humanities Alliance to various audiences in different contexts. Such communications might include data visualizations, conference presentations, formal writing for reports or scholarly publications, and informal writing on blogs, social media, and other online platforms.

As a member of the CUNY Humanities Alliance and Futures Initiative teams, the Fellow will have an opportunity to develop a range of professional skills related to educational technology, the public humanities, scholarship of teaching and learning, and university work in the humanities more broadly. The Fellow will be supported in publishing their own scholarly work, including revising their dissertation into publications, and working with the qualitative and quantitative data generated by the program's activities. To facilitate professional development and future career trajectory, the Fellow will develop a tailored plan to support their individual career goals, which might include faculty, administrative, or policy-oriented positions.

This position begins immediately (depending on the candidate’s availability) and may be renewed for an additional year with an end date of August 2025. This position reports to the Co-Director of Humanities Alliance.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Play a collaborative and leadership role in project design, implementation, data analysis, and publications;

  • Attend workshops, seminars, and conferences related to areas of responsibility;

  • Research and compile data to advance the CUNY Humanities Alliance;

  • Stay current on emerging trends within community colleges and higher education and distill relevant recent and emerging scholarship to the Humanities Alliance team;

  • Review existing analysis and research instruments (surveys, interviews, focus groups) developed by previous fellow in years 1-4 of the program;

  • Develop a plan for additional research and analysis, with a focus on the program’s overall impact at CUNY and its potential to serve as a model for other institutions;

  • Produce original scholarship and visual materials based on existing and new research that can be published in a range of venues, from informal social media and blogging platforms to scholarly journals and news outlets;

  • Post regular research updates on the CUNY Humanities Alliance and Futures Initiative website;

  • Collaborate with partnering units on community-building components of the Alliance, including presenting ideas to connect the programming and people of the Futures Initiative and the Humanities Alliance;

  • Obtain approval of research from the Human Research Protection Program (CUNY's IRB equivalent), if needed;

  • Help respond to program-related inquiries from various internal and external sources, including Principal Investigators and co-directors;

  • Collaborate with staff, faculty and students in planning and participating in programmed events sponsored by the CUNY Humanities Alliance and Futures Initiative;

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

All full-time and part-time CUNY staff are expected to work in-person at their campus office 70% of their work time. For full-time staff, this is equivalent to 7 out of 10 days of in-person work in a two-week period (e.g., 7 days in-person, 3 days remote). This hybrid work schedule is subject to change.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day ofemployment.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • PhD or EdD degree

  • Experience working with community colleges

  • Experience working with doctoral students

  • Demonstrated commitment, experience, and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education

  • Demonstrated analytical skills, including both qualitative and quantitative analysis

  • A dissertation or research interests that engages in issues of higher education systems, student success, collaborative pedagogy, public humanities, or community colleges.


$78,030-$81,182/year. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after October 1, 2022, City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after October 1, 2022, will only be eligible to enroll in the Emblem Health HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.

If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period. An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to Emblem Health. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by Emblem Health before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the Emblem Health website.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on Aprl 28, 2023


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