This position will be based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About FIRE

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on our nation’s college campuses. Please visit to gain a sense of our work and mission.

Position Description

The Faculty Outreach Fellow will be primarily responsible for expanding FIRE’s network of faculty members interested in and concerned for freedom of speech and academic freedom in higher education, and organizing two annual conferences around these topics. This position will report to and work directly with FIRE’s Director of Public Outreach and Vice President of Programs. The duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Creation and maintenance of a network of faculty members supportive of FIRE’s work and concerned about general issues of free speech and academic freedom;
  • Planning and execution of two annual conferences on academic freedom, to be held in 2017 and 2018. The Fellow will be primarily responsible for scouting and selection of conference sites and the logistics of running conferences, as well as soliciting papers for presentation and selecting papers and topics for presentation;
  • Outreach and networking with allied organizations for promotion and possible coordination of programming;
  • General research and study on issues concerning academic freedom, scouting and researching potential members of new faculty network;
  • Individual outreach and networking with members and prospective members, along with oversight of more specialized campaigns for specific academic audiences;
  • Representing FIRE and promoting its outreach efforts at various faculty and academic conferences;
  • Working with other staff and departments to fully integrate faculty outreach efforts into FIRE’s overall outreach model.

This position involves a moderate amount of travel (roughly 15-20%). Occasional work on weekends and evenings should be expected.

The expected start date for this position will be January 3, 2017, but it can also begin as soon as practicable. This is a two-year, fixed-term position and is part of FIRE’s Speech, Outreach, Advocacy, and Research Project (“Project SOAR”), which was made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.


A successful candidate will have a good work ethic, be a self-starter, and have the ability to work independently. Most importantly, the candidate must demonstrate a knowledge and passion for FIRE’s mission and an ability to articulate that passion in a way that will make others enthusiastic about our cause. A candidate must also be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the history and critical study of academic freedom. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with publications on this subject;
  • Experience with the basic logistics of planning symposium-style conferences and with the process of fielding and reviewing papers submitted for presentation;
  • Familiarity with academic networks and professional associations and the associated calendars of conferences and symposia held throughout year by such associations.

A graduate degree is required, and a Ph.D. or other terminal degree, with prior experience of university teaching and record of peer-reviewed publication, is strongly preferred. Special considerations may be made for other candidates presenting different academic and professional qualifications that may suit for the position.

Salary and Compensation

Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. FIRE also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance, a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account option, matching retirement contributions, and a generous paid time-off plan.


Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, a writing sample the applicant believes demonstrates qualifications for the position, and at least two professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Peyton Cudaback, Director of Human Resources and include the title of the position in the subject line. Applications can be emailed to

FIRE is an equal opportunity employer.