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From Rob Reich:

Stanford University
Spencer Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Equality of Opportunity and Education

The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford is seeking two post doctoral scholars for a project focused on issues of equality of opportunity and the public provision of education. These fellowships have been created with funding by the Spencer Foundation. The fellows will join the community of post doctoral fellows at the Center but will be selected on the basis of their fit with a new multi-year project on Equality of Opportunity and the Public Provision of Education. Scholars with a PhD (from disciplines such as philosophy, education or one of the social sciences) or a JD with research interests related to (any of) the following questions are encouraged to apply:

* What ideal of equality should govern the public provision of education?
* What are the implications of this ideal for concrete decisions about school financing, admissions practices, and the national, state, and local distribution of educational responsibility?
* What are the practical obstacles to achieving this ideal in education?

Fellows will receive training and mentorship; work closely with distinguished faculty related to the project; participate in multi-disciplinary seminars and conferences and meet with leading scholars and policy makers in the field. Fellows may be assigned some teaching responsibilities (at most one course per year), and will be asked to participate in faculty-graduate student workshops, interact with undergraduates in the School of Education and Ethics in Society program and help in developing an inter-disciplinary ethics community across the campus.

Appointment is for one year, but may be renewed an additional year. Applicants must have their doctoral degree in hand no later than 30 days prior to the appointment start date and be no more than 3 years from the awarding of the degree.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions. Salary is competitive.

DEADLINE: The Center is moving to an online application system and will no longer be accepting hard copy applications. The online system will be ready later this year and the end of the testing phase (towards the end of Fall quarter) nears, specific information about the application process will be posted on the Center’s website.

Please note that the application (i.e., a CV, three references, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages) deadline is January 12, 2011 (5:00pm Pacific Standard Time).

For inquiries, please contact Joan Berry (joanberry (at)


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