COLLEGE Fellowship

Teaching Positions for the First-Year Liberal Education Requirement

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) at Stanford University is now accepting applications for teaching fellowship positions in the new Civic, Liberal, and Global Education requirement program (COLLEGE), a program that honors the freshman educational tradition first established at Stanford in 1923. First-year requirement courses foster intellectual curiosity and the development of critical inquiry skills and support first-year students in achieving a successful transition to college-level learning. Courses are frequently interdisciplinary and a range of fields are represented within the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM. We encourage applications from candidates whose backgrounds and life experiences bring additional perspectives and dimensions to the University’s teaching mission. (The COLLEGE Fellowship replaces the earlier Thinking Matters Fellowship as we are in transition.)

The COLLEGE fellowship is only open to internal Stanford candidates. You must either hold a PhD from Stanford or currently be a postdoc at Stanford to qualify. We invite applications from Stanford candidates who are interested in teaching in the framework of a liberal education requirement for first-year students. In the application process, all candidates must identify at least two COLLEGE courses that fit their teaching experience and training, and should also indicate their intellectual flexibility. We seek candidates from all fields in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM. Eligible candidates will have earned a doctorate in a relevant field, conferred no earlier than 2015 and no later than June 2021. We intend to hire between 6 and 8 fellows.

Fellows will be placed on teaching teams with Stanford faculty and other fellows in three different courses, one each in autumn, winter and spring quarters. There are two types of course formats in the COLLEGE requirement: stand-alone seminars and lecture courses with sections. Depending on their placement, a fellow will either teach two seminars in the same subject (averaging 15 students each) or they will lead two discussion sections attached to a faculty-led lecture. Teaching in the COLLGE fellowship is highly collaborative, with weekly teaching team meetings to plan sections and design assignments, and regular all-fellows pedagogy workshops. The fellowship also encourages a research community among fellows and offers programs and individual support for professional development. The appointment begins August 1, 2021 for a two-year term that is renewable for one additional year depending on programmatic need and job performance. Annual starting salary will be approximately $71,000 with a supplemental stipend of $2,000 for research and scholarship.

Applications will close February 2, 2021, 11:59pm EST and must be submitted through Interfolio. Offers of employment are made contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and ability to demonstrate eligibility to work in the US.

To apply for the 2021-22 COLLEGE Fellowship:

Step One: Cluster Identification

Before you submit your application online, please identify one disciplinary cluster for which you would like to be considered (Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM). Cluster descriptions here: https://undergrad.stanford.edu/programs/thinking-matters/teach/open-fellowship/clusters

A full two-year fellowship position will require placement in three courses, one each in autumn, winter and spring. We ask you to think carefully about which courses may be the best match for your background in scholarship and teaching. 

Step Two: Gather Application Materials

Compile the following materials:

1. Letter of application that addresses all aspects of your qualifications including:

a. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, especially first-year students;

b. Relevant research and teaching related to courses

c. Example of how you would teach at least two texts or topic from our curriculum, and discussion of intellectual flexibility

d. Experience with team-teaching (recommended).

2. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement: Applicants should provide evidence of experience with and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and mentoring.

3. Current curriculum vitae.

4. Summary of student, peer and/or other teaching evaluations from your most recent course taught: 5-page maximum. Do not submit individual student forms or letters from individual students.

5. Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter should speak to your teaching.

Step Three: Online Submission of Application Materials and Information

Once all required documents have been gathered, process your application through Interfolio. To submit your application, use this link http://apply.interfolio.com/81434   

1. Complete profile and enter requested information about cluster preferences:

a. Demographic Profile: including degree granting institution, and date of Ph.D. (which must have been earned no earlier than 2015). Applications will be considered incomplete if the Demographic Profile is missing information. 

b. Select one disciplinary course cluster. 

2. Fulfill all document requirements. You will be able to add additional materials later.

3. Save and submit your application.

Final deadline for submitting your completed application is February 2, 2021, 11:59pm EST (Interfolio closes the system on Eastern Time).

If you choose to withdraw, or if you have any additional concerns, please contact collegereq@stanford.edu. Please note: Stanford will close for winter break on Friday, December 11, 2020, re-opening on Monday, January 4, 2021, so we will not be available to answer any questions during this time.

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