Post-doctoral Scholar-in-Residence and Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence

Wabash College, a liberal arts college for men located in Crawfordsville, Indiana, seeks applicants to fill two types of visiting positions. First, a Post-doctoral Scholar-in-Residence to be housed in the Stephenson Institute for Classical Liberalism. Second, a senior-level Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, also to be housed in the Stephenson Institute for Classical Liberalism.

The Post-doctoral Scholar-in-Residencies are residential fellowships that support full-time research and publication efforts. The duration of the appointment is one academic year with the possibility of renewal for a second-year term.

The Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence is also a residential appointment to support full-time research and publication efforts, ideally during sabbatical leave from the candidate’s home institution. The duration of the appointment is one academic year, but single semester appointments are also possible on a case-by-case basis.

The disciplinary field, project design, and research approach for both types of positions are open. Successful applicants will have an interest in engaging with our students and participating in the intellectual life of the College and Institute during the fellowship. Applicants will propose a project that contributes to one or more of the subject areas and research topics of particular interest to the Stephenson Institute’s mission:

  • The institutional and cultural conditions of individual rights and legal equality
  • Free inquiry, free expression, free speech, and the market-place of ideas
  • The relationship(s) between market economies and government intervention
  • The role of personal responsibility in a free society
  • Comparative and historical investigations of differing property rights regimes
  • Comparative political economy and comparative political philosophy

Applicants are invited in their proposals to offer other ideas for how they might contribute to the Institute’s programming and areas of student engagement. While the primary focus of the position is research, any Scholar-in-Residence will also contribute to campus conversations via participation in Institute programming. There are no formal teaching expectations, but candidates who desire to teach a course should indicate that interest in their materials. A teaching placement is at the discretion of the relevant academic department.

Preferred start date is July 1, 2024. This position provides salary, benefits, office space, relocation costs, and a generous fund to support research, travel, and related needs. Salary will be commensurate with relevant experience and academic field.

About Wabash College and the Stephenson Institute

Wabash College is a private, independent, residential four-year liberal arts college for men located in Crawfordsville, Indiana.  Founded in 1832, its mission is to “educate men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely.” Our 65-acre wooded campus is located 50 miles west of Indianapolis and three hours from Chicago.


In the midst of a strategic transformation to advance the success of first-generation students, students of color, and students from low-income families, Wabash College is committed to attracting and effectively supporting faculty and staff from all backgrounds, including an academically and culturally diverse faculty. Approximately 25% of our students are federal Pell Grant recipients, 30% are first-generation college students, and 20% identify as domestic students of color. Wabash has been home to the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies for more than fifty years, is a member of the USC Race and Equity Center’s Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, is a top-60 Liberal Arts College according to U.S. News, and is a member of Colleges That Change Lives.

Established in 2021, the Stephenson Institute for Classical Liberalism is a non-partisan academic research center. We provide teaching, learning, and research opportunities for motivated students and faculty at Wabash College and beyond whom share an interest in the operations and implications of a free society


Applicants for the Postdoctoral Scholar-in-Residence position should have a terminal degree in their academic field, and be no further than four years since completion of a Ph.D.

Applicants for the Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence position should have a terminal degree in their academic field, and have obtained the level of at least Associate Professor. Ideal candidates will be on sabbatical from a home institution during their appointment.

To apply, go to, select the Stephenson Institute Postdoctoral Scholar-in-Residence or Stephenson Institute Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, and click the “Apply Now” button. The application dossier should consist of:

  1. A cover letter describing interest in the position and the stated mission and topic areas of the Stephenson Institute for Classical Liberalism;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A proposal for the research project to be conducted in residence; and
  4. Email addresses for two individuals who will submit letters of reference that address the scholar’s contributions to the field.

Inquiries about the positions should be addressed to Dr. Daniel J. D’Amico, director of the Stephenson Institute for Classical Liberalism, at Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Wabash College, a liberal arts college for men, seeks faculty and staff who are committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful experiences that prepare students for life and leadership among diverse populations around the globe. Wabash is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds.

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