Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Tempe, AZ

Open Date
Jul 23, 2020

The Global Sport Institute (GSI) is where diverse disciplines connect to thoughtfully examine critical issues impacting sport.

GSI invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar position to work in collaboration with the Institute’s CEO, Kenneth L. Shropshire.  Research will encompass a wide range of impactful projects, including a specific initiative focused on ending racism throughout sports.  To learn more about GSI, visit

Essential Duties
The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will conduct research that examines historic and systemic factors that have helped create and maintain racial inequality both on and off the field, in the United States and abroad.  The candidate will also provide support and insight on a number of issues under examination by the Institute as a whole. 

Other key activities include 

  • Contribute compelling, research-based subject-matter expertise to Global Sport Institute functional areas (multimedia, events, education)
  • Be an active contributor to the Global Sport Matters content hub (written articles, podcasts, webinars, etc.)
  • Conduct and publish high quality research in the field of sport and related fields
  • Seek external funding opportunities for projects of mutual interest

This position does not incorporate independent research by the scholar outside the scope of the Institute; any independent research would be conducted outside of regular work hours and should be managed so as to not present a conflict of commitment.


The initial appointment is being made as a full-time, academic-year appointment and may be eligible for reappointment based on satisfactory performance and the needs of the Institute. Position is benefits eligible. Additional information about postdoctoral benefits can be found at:

Salary is competitive and depends on experience.

While research will focus on a wide range of sports issues, the preference is for the primary research focus to be on our racism in sports research project. No specific substantive degree focus required. Other areas of sports focused research will be considered.

  • Applicants should have been awarded a PhD or terminal degree within the last 4 years.
  • Strong academic writing skills (e.g. grants, manuscripts) as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.
  • Evidence of ability to conduct independent research, to collaborate across disciplines, and to publish research results

Application Instructions

When applying through Interfolio, applicants are responsible for including

  • Cover letter outlining research accomplishments, professional trajectory and future goals
  • CV including a full publication list
  • Writing Sample [max 30 pages]

Application review will begin on July 31, 2020; Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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