Stanford University, Thinking Matters Fellowship
Post-Doctoral Teaching Positions for a New Program in Freshman Liberal Education
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Thinking Matters Fellowship
Post-Doctoral Teaching Positions for a
New Program in Freshman Liberal Education
The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) at Stanford University is now accepting applications for 10 -12 post-doctoral positions to teach Thinking Matters, a new required program that honors the freshman 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 achieving a successful transition to college-level learning. Thinking Matters courses foreground significant and enduring questions and approach them from multiple perspectives through the investigation of a range of diverse topics in such fields as environmental studies and comparative literature as well as history, biology, law, neuroscience and ethics.
The Thinking Matters Fellowship includes 30-35 post-doctoral scholars. Professional development activities and workshops encourage systematic reflection on effective teaching strategies in a multi-disciplinary environment. Each course promotes pedagogical exchange in a collaborative teaching-team setting. Fellows have the opportunity to build collegial relationships on three different teams with as many as nine post-doctoral peers and six senior faculty members over the course of the academic year.
Fellows will be placed on teams in three different courses, one each in autumn, winter and spring quarters. Fellows lead seminar discussions for two sections (averaging 15 students each) that meet twice weekly; they individualize student learning through regular tutorial sessions; and they coordinate instruction with plenum lectures given by Stanford faculty. The appointment begins September 1, 2013 for a one-year term that is renewable for two additional years depending onprogrammatic need and job performance. Annual starting salary will be at least $55,000 with a supplemental stipend of $2,000 for research and scholarship.
Eligible candidates will have earned a doctorate in a relevant field, conferred no later than June 2013. Applicants must provide evidence of teaching excellence and proof of intellectual flexibility as well as a strong record of scholarship. Other desired qualifications are: experience teaching first-year university students; familiarity with team teaching, and demonstrated experience with developing students’ skills in critical thinking, writing, discussion, and analysis.
In the application process all candidates must identify the course cluster which best fits their teaching experience and graduate training; they may also identify an optional additional course not listed in their chosen cluster. For information on selecting a course cluster and instructions on completing an application through Interfolio, go to https://www.stanford.edu/dept/undergrad/cgi-bin/drupal/tm_teachingopportunities .
Applications opened January 15, 2013 and will close February 28, 2013 (11:59:59 EST) and must be submitted through Interfolio. All offers of employment are made contingent upon the candidate being able to demonstrate eligibility to work in the US.
Stanford University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity of staff.
Please visit the website listed for more information regarding the Thinking Matters Fellowship.