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Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2019 12:28:25 -0400
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*Deadline is Oct 15!*

*The Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellowship Process at UMSI, 2019-2020*

The U-M Presidential Post-doctoral Fellowship Program was established in
2011. The rationale behind the program is that “the University seeks
applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to
diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. The program is
particularly interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their
research and undergraduate teaching the critical perspective that comes
from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the
experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education”

This year, UMSI is once again coordinating a parallel process to the U-M
Presidential Post-doctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP). Post-doctoral fellows
selected through both the U-M and UMSI processes will be offered a
Presidential Post-doctoral Fellowship with a path to transition to the UMSI
faculty at the conclusion of the fellowship. Thus, we will again conduct
formal candidate visits with job talks for PPFP candidates in the fall
followed by a faculty vote on the candidates.

The mentor letter is not due until after the faculty vote.  We will select
final candidates based on the evidence provided in the application package
and the visit. The proposed mentor is encouraged to provide an assessment
of the candidate based on the application package and visit during the
faculty discussion. Also note that due to the timing of the Thanksgiving
break, a draft of the mentor letter is due two days after the faculty

An outline of the UMSI PPFP process and timeline follows.  The important
action item for faculty is to begin to talk to colleagues about the
program, generate the names of potential candidates, and encourage those
candidates to apply.  A full position description is being reviewed and
will be posted on Interfolio and the U-M website by September 1.

This year's PPFP Search sub-committee is Lionel Robert (chair), Stephanie
Teasley, Tawanna Dillahunt, and Paramverr Dhillon. Tiffany Veinot,
Associate Dean for Faculty is overseeing the entire search process as of
September 1, 2019.

*UMSI PPFP Process for 2019 – 2020*

*August – September*: Faculty disseminate information about the program in
their academic fields, encourage candidates. Note that the U-M PPFP Office
widely advertises this program in venues as wide ranging as: the *Chronicle
of Higher Education*, *JOE*, and various ACM outlets, as well as in
specific venues aimed at diverse scholars.

*September 1*: UM PPFP and UMSI Applications for Presidential Post-doctoral
Fellows Open

*October 15:*    UMSI Deadline for all application materials from the
candidate and the references in electronic format through Interfolio

Materials due from the Candidate:

·         Cover letter which summarizes contributions to diversity, equity,
and inclusion in research, teaching and service

·        Thesis abstract - one page

·        Post-doctoral Research Proposal (700-1,000 words) (not including

·        Education and Background Statement - 500-700 words describing your
personal background and contributions to diversity and equal opportunity
through your academic career;

·        Curriculum vitae;

·        Statement of current and future research plans

·        Statement of teaching philosophy and experience

·        Three (3) writing samples

Materials due from References:

·         Three letters of reference (not including the letter from the

*October 16 - 24:*

·         Search subcommittee conducts telephone interviews with selected

·         Search subcommittee reviews dossiers

*October 25:*

·         Reports due to the Associate Dean for Faculty with committee
selection of candidates to invite to campus

 *November 1, 2018*

·         PPFP Candidate submits package to UM PPFP
<> process

*November 2nd – 14th:*

·         Verification of application to the U-M PPFP process

·         Candidates invited to campus.

*November 16th:*

·         Revised reports from Search subcommittee due to the Faculty

*November  20th*

·         Faculty meets to discuss, vote, and make recommendation to the
Dean on candidates

*November 21st  *

·         DAC meets to discuss, vote, and make recommendation to the Dean
on candidates

*November 22nd*

·         Mentor letter <>(s) for
successful candidate(s) due to Dean

*December 1**st**:*

·         Dean’s letter(s) due to PPFP

·         Mentor(s) recommendation letter due to PPFP

Best regards,


*New Paper(s):*
Eglash, R.,  *Robert, L. P*., Bennett, A., Robinson, K. P., Lachney, M.
Babbitt, W., (2019). *Automation for the Artisanal Economy: Enhancing the
Economic and Environmental Sustainability of Crafting Professions with
Human-Machine Collaboration*, *AI & Society*, (pdf
), link provided the author:

You, S. and *Robert, L. P. * (2019). *Subgroup Formation in Human-Robot
Teams*, *Proceedings of* *the* *38th* *International Conference on
Information Systems* (*ICIS 2019*), (*Acceptance rate: 28%*), (pdf
Dec 15-18, München, Germany. Copy provided by the author:

Eglash, R.,  *Robert, L. P.*, Bennett, A., Robinson, K. P., Lachney, M.
and  Babbitt, W. (2019). *AI for a Generative Economy: Intelligent Systems
and Work in a Just and Sustainable Future* presented at *AAAI Fall
Symposium on **AI and Work, *(pdf
)*, *Arlington, Virginia USA, November 7-9, 2019.

Zhang, Q., Esterwood, C., Yang, X. J. and *Robert, L. P. * (2019). *An
Automated Vehicle (AV) like Me? The Impact of Personality Similarities and
Differences between Humans and AVs *presented at *AAAI Fall Symposium on
Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction*, (pdf
Arlington, Virginia USA, November 7-9, 2019.

Lionel P. Robert Jr.
Associate Professor, School of Information
Core Faculty, Michigan Robotics Institute
Affiliate Faculty, National Center for Institutional Diversity
Affiliate Faculty, Michigan Interactive and Social Computing
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Hybrid Intelligence Systems
Director of MAVRIC <>
Co-Director of DOW Lab
University of Michigan
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