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Westminster Teaching Fellows Program

Westminster Teaching Fellows

A Post-Doctoral/Post-Graduate Program in Support of the Learning Paradigm and a Diverse Academic Environment
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The Program

Westminster College is dedicated to providing new PhDs (and other terminal degree holders in disciplines as appropriate) with opportunities to develop proficiency in the learning paradigm and to providing a diverse academic environment for its students.  To that end, Westminster has created the Westminster Teaching Fellows program to attract and support promising post-doctoral (and other terminal degree holders in disciplines as appropriate) scholars from various backgrounds whose life experience, research experience, and employment background will contribute significantly to the academic excellence of the College.

Westminster College’s commitment to diversity and internationalization is revealed in its core values, mission and vision statements, and learning goals.  The college’s strategic plans include a commitment to investing in programs, facilities, and people that are critical to the college’s ability to realize its long-range vision to prepare students for success in a diverse, global society.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who are from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

The Westminster Teaching Fellows program began in 2011. We are proud to report that the first two individuals hired through this program have both obtained permanent, full-time faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor. In 2013-2014, the Westminster Teaching Fellows Program will conduct searches for two fellows to join the faculty in Fall 2014: one in Theatre and one in Psychology.  We seek candidates who will flourish in a Learning Paradigm environment and who will help the College provide an inclusive learning environment for our increasingly diverse student body, integrate diversity issues into the curriculum and/or provide a focus on global consciousness in the curriculum.

·         In addition to teaching responsibilities, Fellows will participate in a year-long faculty development program that includes

o   Monthly discussion groups focused on a topic related to the learning paradigm

o   Classroom observations by experienced faculty at least once a semester, followed by constructive dialogue with feedback and discussion

o   Videotaping of one class for personal review

o   Participation in the First Year Faculty Learning Community

·         Fellows will be assigned a faculty mentor throughout their fellowship

·         Fellows will be able to participate in regular on-campus Westminster faculty development activities

·         Second Year Fellows will have the opportunity to teach in Learning Communities with experienced faculty

·         Second Year Fellows will participate in employment “readiness” opportunities including:

o   Mock interview

o   Mock research presentation

o   Mock teaching presentation

Teaching Load

·         Regular 24-credit hour teaching load (may include options to work with undergraduates on research and creative opportunities).


·         Two year appointment with the possibility of a third year extension.

·         Appointment will be reviewed annually by program chair and appropriate dean.

·         Fellowship recipients must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship will not be considered for these Fellowships.

For information on searches currently underway at Westminster College, please see our Online Job Board:

Updated November, 2013