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Visiting Researcher

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization invites applications for sabbatical researchers to visit and serve as Sabbatical Fellows on an ongoing basis. Faculty in fields or with sabbatical projects relating to politically heterodox programs, ideas and activities are especially encouraged to apply. Sabbatical Fellows are expected to make progress on a substantial research progress during their time in residence. In addition, they are encouraged to participate in the various activities of the Center, including faculty and student seminars, colloquia, and public lectures. Sabbatical Fellows will be appointed as a Visiting Researcher, given office space in the Center, and University of Colorado privileges. The anticipated state date is August 2025.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The mission of the Benson Center is to explore the culture, languages and ideas of the Western tradition, ranging from antiquity to modernity. The Center is especially concerned with the values that emerge from that tradition, and their ongoing role in the institutions of the United States. Integral to this mission is the Center’s commitment to fostering research, debate and dialogue on the fundamental issues of our time – moral, political and economic. Our aim is to promote a lively and balanced conversation that respects both conservative and liberal ideals, thus fostering the full diversity of political, economic and philosophical perspectives on the CU Boulder campus.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Work on faculty research that relates to the Benson Center’s mission to promote critical reflection on the distinctive traditions and political perspectives that characterize Western Civilization. The visiting researcher will be asked to participate in Center activities throughout the academic year. Faculty in fields or with sabbatical projects related to conservative programs, projects, and/or activities of the Center are eligible to apply.

What We Can Offer

Applicants should make every effort to bring their own funding to remain in residence. If such support is not possible, candidates with part-time support can apply for additional support from the Benson Center to match the home institution’s contribution (for instance, one semester of salary support to match the home institution’s sabbatical salary, plus a yearlong appointment in the Benson Center). If external funding is not available, the Benson Center will provide a monthly salary between $6,000 - $10,000 for a full-time position, dependent on experience. Relocation expenses may be available, as well as dedicated funds to support travel and research expenses. Signing bonus and incentive pay may be available, depending on the candidate's experience and Center funding. Benefits will be provided for 50% time or greater appointments, including medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as tax deferred annuity (optional savings plans – 403B, 457, 401k). An Eco Pass (for the bus system) will also be provided.


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What We Require

Completed Ph.D., or a doctoral degree in progress with a dissertation defense date scheduled.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter indicating how your work will fit in with the Benson Center's mission (up to 3 pages)
  3. Executive summary of your proposed project (up to 200 words)
  4. Statement of Financial Support – statement indicating the sort of financial support needed. Statement of financial report should include what kind of financial support applicant is looking for, and if any financial support is offered from the home institution.
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of their appropriateness to the mission of the Center

Position will remain open until filled but is set to close by May 31, 2025.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

In compliance with the Colorado Job Application Fairness Act, in any materials you submit, you may redact or remove age-identifying information such as age, date of birth, or dates of school attendance or graduation. You will not be penalized for redacting or removing this information.

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