About Faculty-in-Residence

Each quarter, one Stanford professor serves as Faculty-in-Residence in each of the BOSP program locations. These faculty teach classes in their own disciplines,  developing courses that incorporate unique features of the local culture and environment or that provide comparative perspectives on a particular topic.

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BOSP generally holds an open house in late January for interested faculty to learn more about the Faculty-in-Residence and Overseas Seminar Faculty Leader opportunities. BOSP staff and experienced faculty are  on hand to answer questions and to share their experiences. Please check back in December for the date and time of the next open house.


BOSP Faculty-in-Residence serve as mentors and role models for students in their exploration of a new environment. As a Stanford faculty member teaching with one of our programs, you can participate in what many students regard as the highlight of their Stanford years. Stanford faculty members find that teaching at one of our overseas programs is a rewarding and memorable experience, and offers the following benefits:

  • Enjoying small classes
  • Getting to know students on a personal basis
  • Participating in field trips
  • Being supported by a strong program staff
  • Making connections with colleagues, libraries, and research projects in the host country

BOSP Faculty-in-Residence are recruited from Stanford Academic Council faculty from all schools and departments. An appointment typically lasts one quarter, and faculty offer one class plus independent study topics during a term abroad.

Current, Past and Future Faculty in Residence (PDF)


Applications for Faculty-in-Residence appointment are accepted from any current Stanford faculty member who belongs to the Academic Council. The home department continues to pay the faculty salary during the overseas appointment. Non-tenure track Stanford faculty can be considered occasionally, as can emeriti. Please inquire about your specific circumstances.


Berlin: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Cape Town: Winter, Spring, Summer
Florence: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Istanbul: (Program suspended)
Kyoto: Autumn, Spring
Madrid: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Oxford: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Paris: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Santiago: Autumn, Spring, Summer


Stanford faculty offer one course plus topics for independent study during their quarter overseas. These offerings may substitute for home-campus teaching; the overseas appointment is not a leave. While faculty need not be experts on the given program site, they should have familiarity with the location and propose courses that are relevant to the local context. BOSP welcomes courses that make specific use of the local setting by including, for example, visits to archaeological or historical sites, museums, or laboratories. The Program Directors are knowledgeable local resources who can assist in the course development process.