Faculty Diversity Recruitment and Retention Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Please check back in late September for Fall 2018 application details.  

In 2013, the Dean of USD's College of Arts and Sciences created a faculty advisory committe charged with enhancing the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty for the College. In collaboration with various campus constituencies, the committee was tasked with designing a two-year diversity postdoctoral teaching/research academic fellowship program that serves the dual purpose of providing academic experience for diverse scholars and providing diverse faculty for our students. Additionally, the committee sought to explore ways to build mentorship and professional development into the fellowship.

Questions Contact: usdpostdoc@sandiego.edu

Committee Members

Begin quote My mentors at USD have already given me insight about how to create a dynamic classroom, how to apply for a faculty position, and how to balance multiple research, teaching, and personal responsibilities. – Josen Diaz, PhD (2014-15 Postdoctoral Fellow, Joined Ethnic Studies faculty as an assistant professor in Spring 2016)

2016-17 Postdoctoral Fellow

James Abordo Ong


Department of Philosophy
Faculty Mentor - Lori Watson 

2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellows

Robin Brooks

robin brooks

Department of English
Faculty Mentor - Mary Hotz
Professional Development Mentor - Judith Liu

Christopher Carter

chris carter

Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Faculty Mentor - Karen Teel
Professional Development Mentor - Judith Liu

Cory Gooding

cory gooding

Department of Political Science and International Relations
Faculty Mentor - David Shirk
Professional Development Mentor - Judith Liu

2014-15 Postdoctoral Fellows

Josen Diaz


Department of Ethnic Studies
Faculty Mentor - May Fu
Professional Development Mentor - Judith Liu

Melanie Zauscher

melanie zauscher university of san diego post doctoral

Department of Chemistry and Department of Environmental and Ocean Sciences
Faculty Mentor - David De Haan, Michel Boudrias
Professional Development Mentor - Gail Perez