Apply Now: Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship at Villanova University

Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of  Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University: Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship


Villanova University’s Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good, a JMC partner program, invites applications for its Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship. The one-year fellowship will run through the 2020-21 academic year.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.

In addition to pursuing a research agenda, the successful candidate will teach two courses per semester in the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, participate in the life of the Ryan Center, and assist with the programming and administrative work of the Center in consultation with the director and assistant director. Specialization in the political thought of the American Founding or in American political thought more generally is preferred. Lectures, conferences, and other academic programming often occur during the evening and/or on weekends, thus requiring flexibility to accommodate this programming schedule.


Candidates should be early-career scholars who hold, or are near completion of, a Ph.D., and should speak to their ability to contribute to the mission of the Ryan Center and demonstrate a commitment to liberal education. Ph.D. must be in hand by the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Application Requirements

Required application documents include:

  1. Cover letter/letter of interest;
  2. resume/curriculum vitae;
  3. statement of teaching philosophy;
  4. transcripts;
  5. statement of research interests;
  6. contact information for three references who will be contacted via email to submit confidential letters of recommendation when the application is submitted.


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Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.



About the program:

The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University promotes inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and seeks to advance understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies. Central concerns of the Center include the inalienable rights of all humanity, the principles of popular sovereignty and constitutionalism, the nature and preservation of free political institutions, and the application of principles of the American founding and Constitution to contemporary issues.

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About the school:

Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842 in Villanova, Pennsylvania. A premier institution of higher education, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others.

Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.  There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, and The College of Professional Studies.

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