Employment: Thinking Matters Fellows, Standford University

Applications opened on December 24, 2013 and close February 28, 2014

Thinking Matters Fellows,
Standford University

Teaching Positions for the Freshman Liberal Education Requirement 2014-15

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) at Stanford University is now accepting applications for 8-10 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. We invite applications from candidates with a background in Gender Studies; Sociology; American Studies (history, literature, and social science); Philosophy (philosophy of science, political philosophy, and ethics); Literature (Medieval, European, and Global); Religious Studies (stories and narrative); Anthropology (Medical and Cultural); Physics; and other quantitative fields (e.g. engineering, mathematics, statistics). Eligible candidates will have earned a doctorate in a relevant field, conferred no earlier than 2008 and no later than June 2014.

Fellows will be placed on teaching 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 August 1, 2014 for a one-year term that is renewable for two additional years depending on programmatic need and job performance. Annual starting salary will be at least $56,900 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 will be asked to identify which courses best fit their teaching experience and training. For information on Thinking Matters courses offered in 2014-15 and instructions on completing an application through Interfolio, go to: 


Applications opened on December 24, 2013 and close February 28, 2014 and must be submitted through Interfolio. Offers of employment are made contingent upon the candidate being able to demonstrate eligibility to work in the US and successful completion of a background check.

Stanford University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity of staff.



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