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Thinking Matters Fellows
Teaching Positions for the Freshman Liberal Education Requirement
The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) at Stanford University is now accepting applications for teaching positions in Thinking Matters, a 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. We invite applications from candidates with relevant background in any of the following: Asian Studies, Environmental Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, Physics, Quantitative methods (in any field), and the Social Sciences. Eligible candidates will have earned a doctorate in a relevant field, conferred no earlier than 2010 and no later than June 2016.
Fellows will be placed on teams 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, 2016 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 $62,000 with a supplemental stipend of $2,000 for research and scholarship.
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 courses that fit their teaching experience and training, preferably one each in the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. For information on selecting courses for 2016-17 and instructions on completing an application through Interfolio, go to
Applications will open December 10, 2015, and close February10, 2016, 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.
Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
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