Thinking Matters Fellowship

Thinking Matters Fellowship Overview

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) at Stanford University will be accepting applications for teaching positions in Thinking Matters, a required program that honors the first-year educational tradition first established at Stanford in 1919. Thinking Matters courses foster intellectual curiosity and the development of critical inquiry skills and support first-year students in developing the skills of critical thinking and successfully transition to college-level learning. 

We invite applications from candidates with relevant background in any of the following: Biology, Neuroscience, Physics, Philosophy (especially Aesthetics and Ethics), Political Science, Psychology, American History, Anthropology, Literature and Film (only as relevant to course listings). Eligible candidates will have earned a doctorate in a relevant field, conferred no earlier than 2013 and no later than June 2019.

Fellows will be placed on teaching teams with faculty and fellows three different courses, one each in autumn, winter and spring quarters. Fellows lead two seminar discussions (averaging 15 students each) twice weekly; they individualize student learning through regular tutorial sessions; and they coordinate instruction with plenum lectures given by Stanford faculty. The appointment begins August 1, 2019 for a two-year term that is renewable for one additional year depending on programmatic need and job performance. Fellows are typically released from teaching responsibilities for one quarter during the second year. Annual starting salary will be at least $68,500 with a supplemental stipend of $2,000 for research and scholarship.

Selection Process PDF for further information on these topics:

1.    Selection Process
2.    Teaching Duties and Responsibilities
3.    Teaching Teams
4.    Professional Development 

View the 2019-20 Course Clusters

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY

The application process is complex; please be sure to read the instructions thoroughly before applying. The application requires you to create a free account with Interfolio and identify two course clusters (see below). Please be sure to include in your application a curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a teaching statement, a summary of teaching evaluations and three letters of recommendation. 

The application will open December 14, 2018. Thank you for your interest.

https://apply.interfolio.com/56871


 

COURSE CLUSTER

Because of the range and breadth of the 2019-20 Thinking Matters curriculum, we have organized the courses into clusters that are grouped by topic and method.  As a part of the application process, you will be asked to choose two course clusters for which you would like to be considered.  A full-year fellowship position will require placement in three courses —one each in autumn, winter and spring quarter.  Thinking Matters courses that do not have any positions open for 2019-20 have not been listed in the clusters nor included in the courses by Quarter lists.

View the 2019-20 Course Clusters

View the 2019-20 courses by Quarter

Thinking Matters Fellows

Contact

For questions about the application process, contact thinkingmatters@stanford.edu