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2022 Call for Applications

Applications are due September 27, 2021

The Preparing Future Faculty – Faculty Diversity (PFFFD) Postdoctoral Program is designed to promote and develop scholars for tenure-track faculty positions at the University of Missouri or elsewhere, in any discipline. The fellowships are typically for two years, during which time the scholars focus on scholarship and participate in professional development activities that integrate and expose them to the faculty experience, including the opportunity to teach in their discipline during the second year.

Review the PFFFD 2022 Call for Applications

The call for applications indicates the disciplines accepting applications at this time, as well as provides further details about the application process.

 

Requirements & Eligibility

Applicants should demonstrate how they can contribute to faculty diversity, such as through membership in a group that is historically underrepresented in a particular discipline, or through other training or experience. Applicants who have their doctoral degree conferred, or who anticipate successfully completing their doctoral degree by July 1 of the year in which they would start the PFFFD program, are eligible to apply.

Submit An Application

Create an account in the Graduate School’s application system and select the 2022 Preparing Future Faculty postdoctoral application.

Email Dr. Behm-Morawitz (Associate Dean of the Graduate School) at postdoc@missouri.edu if you have any questions about the PFFFD postdoctoral program.

Meet our PFF Faculty Diversity Postdocs!

Adaobi Anakwe

Adaobi Anakwe

Health Sciences

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Adaobi Anakwe

Health Sciences

PFFFD 2021-2023

Ph.D., St. Louis University

Adaobi’s research interests are in the preconception health of men and women with the goal of improving the health of families and communities. Specifically, her work applies a social determinants of health and health equity lens to examine Black men’s health prior to having pregnancies with their partner(s), how their health changes across the life course, and what implications these changes have for maternal and child health.

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Loren Bauerband

Loren Bauerband

Health Sciences

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Loren Bauerband

Health Sciences

PFFFD 2017-2019

Ph.D., University of Rhode Island

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, University of Missouri

Loren’s research investigates healthcare disparities among LGBT individuals as well as the impact of minority stress on health behaviors and lifestyle patterns of transgender and sexual minorities.

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Ruchi Bhattacharya

Ruchi Bhattacharya

Natural Resources

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Ruchi Bhattacharya

Natural Resources

PFFFD 2017-2019

Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Postdoctoral Fellow, Legacies of Agricultural Pollutants, University of Waterloo

Ruchi’s research is developing an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to understand aquatic biochemical processes relevant for water quality and quantity issues influenced by anthropogenic modifications and climate causes.

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Fiorella Carlos Chavez

Fiorella Carlos Chavez

Human Development & Family Science

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Fiorella Carlos Chavez

Human Development & Family Science

PFFFD 2018-2021

Ph.D., Florida State University

Fiorella’s research examines the health impact of stressors among Latinx individuals and families as well as the acculturative stress on Latinx college students’ psychosocial outcomes. Her dissertation work studied Latinx migrant farmworkers and contributes to understanding of how family decisions and relationships help Latinx youth manage life challenges.

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Merve Fezjula

Merve Fezjula

History

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Merve Fezjula

History

PFFFD 2019-2021

Ph.D., Cambridge University

Merve’s research is situated at the crossroads of scholarship on African intellectual history, black Atlantic studies, and black internationalism, and adopts an interdisciplinary methodology drawn from anthropology, politics, and literary studies. Merve examines the unknown intellectual history of the Anglophone dissemination of negritude, the movement for race consciousness long associated with the Francophone world. Merve studies the way in which racial belonging was given meaning among African and diasporic subjects during the height of decolonization and desegregation.

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Alejandro Figueroa

Alejandro Figueroa

Anthropology

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Alejandro Figueroa

Anthropology

PFFFD 2021-2024

Ph.D., Southern Methodist University

Alejandro’s research examines how humans interact with and give meaning to their surroundings. He approaches this topic from a variety of perspectives including the reconstruction of ancient landscapes and human-environment dynamics using zooarchaeology and geoarchaeology, landscape studies of modern placemaking, and iconographic and statistical analyses of Mesoamerican rock art imagery. Alejandro is also passionate about community engagement and science communication both in the US and in his home country of Honduras.

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Sarah Fischer

Sarah Fischer

Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Sarah Fischer

Civil & Environmental Engineering

PFFFD 2021-2023

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

“Sarah Fischer is a PFFFD postdoctoral fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Natural Resources. Her research interests include the chemistry of organic matter and contaminants, water quality, and field probe optimization. Sarah also values equitable and accessible STEM education.”

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Rasha Gargees

Rasha Gargees

Computer Science

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Rasha Gargees

Computer Science

PFFFD 2020-2022

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

Rasha’s research interests include leveraging cloud computing and high-performance parallel distributed systems for multi-stage big data analytics utilizing intelligent agents and deep convolutional neural networks (DCNN). To this end, she has developed a scalable, dynamic, and secure framework, which can be employed in smart cities. Rasha’s research explores data from various heterogeneous independent sources, accommodating both stream data and batch workloads, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) sensor data and Big Geospatial data.

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Johana Goyes Vallejos

Johana Goyes Vallejos

Biological Sciences

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Johana Goyes Vallejos

Biological Sciences

PFFFD 2019-2022

Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Johana’s research interests include sexual selection and mating systems, with a particular interest in species that exhibit parental care behavior. In her research, Johana has used frogs as her study system. For her dissertation work, she focused on elucidating the parental care behavior of the smooth guardian frog of Borneo (Limnonectes palavanensis), an unusual species about which very little was known when she began her work. She is interested in understanding this species’ mating system and what behavioral and ecological factors shaped its evolution.

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Les Gray

Les Gray

Theatre

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Les Gray

Theatre

PFFFD 2020-2022

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

Les Gray’s research focuses on Black cultural production and its relationship to trauma and terror with examples ranging from blues dancing to police brutality videos. They are interested in performances of spectacular Black pain as well as the potential for joy, healing, and solidarity.

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Aída Guhlincozzi

Aída Guhlincozzi

Geography

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Aída Guhlincozzi

Geography

PFFFD 2021-2023

Ph.D., University of Illinois

Aída R. Guhlincozzi studies healthcare accessibility for Spanish-speaking and non-Spanish-speaking Latinas in the Chicago suburbs. Her work incorporates community geography, Latinx geographies, feminist geographies, and qualitative GIS theory and methodologies.

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Rachael Hernandez

Rachael Hernandez

Communication and Public Health

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Rachael Hernandez

Communication and Public Health

PFFFD 2019-2021

Ph.D., Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis

Rachael’s research explores communication about sensitive health-related topics. Currently, her research focuses primarily on 1) interpersonal communication surrounding sexual health, and 2) how implicit biases against social groups (e.g. along the lines of race, gender, and age) have the potential to shape physician-patient communication.

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Sarah Jacquet

Sarah Jacquet

Geological Sciences

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Sarah Jacquet

Geological Sciences

PFFFD 2017-2019

PhD., Macquarie University

Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Missouri

Sarah’s research interests reside in palaeobiology, systematics, and sedimentology. She uses high-powered imaging, field, petrographic, and geochemical techniques to examine the emergence and diversification of complex animal body plan through the Palaeozoic.

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Gaurav Kandlikar

Gaurav Kandlikar

Biological Science

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Gaurav Kandlikar

Biological Science

PFFFD 2020-2022

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Gaurav uses mathematical modeling, field studies, and greenhouse experiments to study the processes that influence species diversity and dynamics in plant communities. In his dissertation, Gaurav studied how species diversity in southern California grasslands is influenced by the abiotic environment and by soil microorganisms. His research will continue to build towards a more mechanistic and general understanding of how plant-microbe interactions scale up and interact with other processes to influence plant communities.

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Hector Lamadrid

Hector Lamadrid

Geological Sciences

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Hector Lamadrid

Geological Sciences

PFFFD 2018-2020

Ph.D., Virginia Tech

Hector’s research examines fluid-rock interactions in natural systems. He has made methodological advancements in fluid inclusion analysis techniques, specifically in relation to Roman spectroscopy as a way to determine fluid inclusion in minderals. Hector’s research advances understanding of the roles of fluids in chemical reactions in Earth’s deep interior.

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Michelangelo Landgrave

Michelangelo Landgrave

Public Affairs & Political Science

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Michelangelo Landgrave

Public Affairs & Political Science

PFFFD 2021-2023

Ph.D., University of California Riverside

Michelangelo’s research interests are race, ethnic & immigration politics (REIP), state & local politics, and legislative studies. His current research includes developing a theory on when state legislative staffers serve as substantive representatives to traditionally underrepresented populations, and developing experimental nudges to promote equitable service delivery by bureaucracies. 

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Knoo Lee

Knoo Lee

Nursing

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Knoo Lee

Nursing

PFFFD 2021-2023

Ph.D., University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Lee researches how data-driven, hypothesis-free data analytics can be used to better analyze/interpret nursing data (e.g., nursing homes monitoring data, nursing records, electronic health records). Specifically, his work has examined secondary school students’ chronic absenteeism behavior with social determinants of health using Causal Discovery Analysis (CDA) with machine learning – prediction models comparison.

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Kaleea Lewis

Kaleea Lewis

Public Health; Women’s & Gender Studies

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Kaleea Lewis

Public Health; Women’s & Gender Studies

PFFFD 2018-2020

Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Kaleea’s research intersects with public health, sociology, and psychology. She examines racism within the institution of higher education, specifically the challenges faced by Black students and faculty as well as the psychosocial well-being of minority students. Her research takes an intersectional approach to studying experiences and perceptions of practices within higher education.

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Yang Li

Yang Li

Nursing

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Yang Li

Nursing

PFFFD 2018-2020

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Yang researches the impact of maternal childhood maltreatment and trauma-related psychopathology on perinatal outcomes. Specifically, her work has examined the concept of Allostatic Load as a physiologic manifestation of multiple systems among the mothers and how they relate to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and childbearing outcomes.

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Terrell Morton

Terrell Morton

Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum

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Terrell Morton

Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum

PFFFD 2017-2019

Ph.D., UNC Chapel-Hill

Assistant Professor, Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum, University of Missouri

Terrell’s research focuses on student retention and matriculation in postsecondary education. He examines STEM retention for Black females in undergraduate research experiences and the influence of identity development and expression on student engagement.

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Martha (Sofia) Ortega Obando

Martha (Sofia) Ortega Obando

Animal Sciences

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Martha (Sofia) Ortega Obando

Animal Sciences

PFFFD 2017-2019

Ph.D., University of Florida

Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences, University of Missouri

Sofia researches bovine reproductive physiology. She is particularly interested in the underlying genomics of fertility regulation, which are players driving maternal-embryo interactions, and how to regulate them to improve reproductive performance in mammals.

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Laura Ridenour

Laura Ridenour

Information Studies

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Laura Ridenour

Information Studies

PFFFD 2021-2024

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Laura’s research is centered on the philosophy of information and data science, spanning information organization, informetrics, and information retrieval. She is particularly interested in conceptual overlap and divergence in interdisciplinary areas of research.

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