The Thomas Jefferson Society of Postdoctoral Fellows allows young scholars the opportunity to teach in a collegial interdisciplinary setting while continuing their own research. Fellowships are awarded to scholars in all areas of the liberal arts who have in the past 7 years completed doctoral dissertations on one or more of the great books and have shown a commitment to the interdisciplinary study and teaching of the great books. The fellowships normally carry a teaching load of one course each semester and are renewable for a second year.
The Society of Postdoctoral Fellows has been supported by generous grants from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching American Founding Principles and History, the Veritas Fund, the Thomas Smith Foundation, and a number of individual donors in Texas. In announcing its most recent gift to the Jefferson Center, Rear Admiral Mike Ratliff, President of the Jack Miller Center, said:
"The Thomas Jefferson Center has made a remarkable contribution to education at the Austin campus and established a national reputation for excellence and innovation in a short period of time. This has been possible because of the support and encouragement of Dean Randy Diehl and the leadership Lorraine and Tom Pangle. The JMC is honored to be a partner in this work, and to provide support for these fellowships, which provide crucial help to young scholars just starting their careers."
The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for two postdoctoral teaching fellowships to be funded by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History. We seek applicants from the fields of political philosophy, American political thought, the history of economic thought, and the history of religious thought in America and/or its intellectual origins, especially in the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. The Thomas Jefferson Center’s program in the great books is centered on a 6-course certificate, including courses in literature, history, philosophy, political theory, and religious thought. The fellow will teach one course each semester. The appointment will be for one year with a possible renewal for a second year. Applicants should have a broad background in the interdisciplinary study of the great books. They should have received their Ph.D. on or after August 1, 2007 or should complete it by August 1, 2014. They may not hold a tenured position elsewhere. The stipend is $48,500 plus benefits and the term of appointment is September 1, 2014-August 31, 2015. To apply, please send one copy each of: a CV, a letter explaining research interests and plans, astatement of interest in teaching the great books in a multi-disciplinary setting, evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching, and a research paper or other suitable evidence of scholarship. Three letters of reference, in envelopes signed over the seal, should be enclosed within the application. Please also fill out and include this application form. All materials should be sent to: Post-Doctoral Search, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas, 158 W 21st St., Stop C4100, Austin, Texas 78712. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2014. Please address any questions to: email@example.com.
Giorgi Areshidze joins us this year from Claremont McKenna College, where he has been an Assistant Professor of Government since 2011. Areshidze received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, with a concentration in political philosophy and American politics. He received his BA in Political Science from Middlebury College in 2004. He is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Enlightenment’s Theological Legacy: Democracy’s Spiritual Crisis and the Liberal Transformation of Religion. The book explores the ambiguous results of the modern Enlightenment’s contested effort to transform and privatize religion, by reflecting on the role of religion in three formative case studies of American political development—the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and Progressivism. Key political and philosophical figures whose political theologies are explored in the book are Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Alexis de Tocquevlle.
David Newheiser received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Chicago in 2012. He works on classical Christian thought and contemporary continental philosophy. By attending to affinities between texts that are apparently distant in context and concern, his research aims to open possibilities for productive conversation among disparate communities - within the academy and in the public sphere. His first book, The Darkness of Hope, draws upon Dionysius the Areopagite and Jacques Derrida in order to argue that faithful life is nourished by a self-critical hope that presses forward without guarantees. He has published articles on the gift of love, the responsibilities of reading, and the debate over same-sex unions, and he is co-editor of a volume on the relation between faith and desire.