Thinking Matters Fellowship

Teaching Positions for the First-year Liberal Education Requirement

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

We invite applications from 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 the courses that fit their teaching experience and training. We seek candidates in the Humanities and/or in the Social Sciences,  particularly from the fields of philosophy and ethics. Eligible candidates will have earned a doctorate in a relevant field, conferred no earlier than 2014 and no later than August 2020. We intend to hire between 6 and 8 fellows.

Fellows will be placed on teaching teams with faculty and fellows in 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, 2020 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 $73,000 with a supplemental stipend of $2,000 for research and scholarship.

See the 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 2020-21 Course Clusters


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 two letters of recommendation. 

The application will open December 16, 2019. Thank you for your interest.

Apply on Interfolio 12/16/19 - 1/30/20.



Because of the range and breadth of the 2020-21 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 2020-21 have not been listed in the clusters nor included in the courses by Quarter lists.

View the 2020-21 Course Clusters


Thinking Matters Fellows


For questions about the application process, contact