Divinity School Teaching Fellows

A Program of Professional and Pedagogical Development

The Divinity School Teaching Fellows is a two-year program designed to enhance the pedagogical skills of and extend research training for recent PhD graduates of the Divinity School. The overall aim of the program is to foster a learning community in which Fellows explore effective teaching practices while continuing to advance their own research agenda. Up to four Teaching Fellowships may be awarded this year.

Teaching Fellows are recent graduate students who have completed all requirements for the PhD within eight years of matriculation into the doctoral program of the Divinity School. (If the program is extended next year, the requirement will be seven years, as it is currently in Humanities and Social Sciences.) Selection is competitive, and individuals accepted to the program will have demonstrated excellence in their scholarship, as well as in teaching. The program provides guidance and support from multiple mentors on teaching, research, and ongoing professional development.

Teaching Fellows are expected to be fully in residence and on campus during the three quarters of the academic year, and will participate in a program of professional development under the joint supervision of the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT) and their mentor in a relevant Area of the Divinity School. Fellows will teach four courses per year, including at least two courses in the Core, and up to two undergraduate courses in Religious Studies, and are expected to advance their own research agenda and participate in campus activities such as the School’s Craft of Teaching program and CAS workshops in their discipline.

Each Divinity Teaching Fellow will be paid a salary for the three quarters of the academic year; provided with support for research and professional development; provided benefits such as health insurance coverage, etc.; and given library privileges and access to placement services.

Program Eligibility: In order to be eligible an applicant must:

  • have received or be on track to receive the PhD degree within 8 years of matriculation into a PhD program of the Divinity School (7, after this initial year);
  • have received their PhD degree no earlier than in the Spring Quarter 2018; or be on track to complete all degree requirements and receive the PhD degree no later than the Summer Quarter 2019;
  • identify a faculty sponsor who will commit to mentoring the Teaching Fellow during the program.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted through ACO no earlier than March 1, 2019. Review of applications will begin on March 30, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled or until the application deadline of May 30, 2019. Early submission is recommended.

Each application must include:

  • a detailed cover letter aimed at the Teaching Fellows Program;
  • the applicant’s current CV;
  • a current teaching portfolio, including a teaching statement, not to exceed 750 words, describing the applicant’s methods and goals in teaching a text in a Core or introductory Religious Studies course. Applicants should write about a text of their own choosing.
  • one letter of recommendation addressing the applicant's teaching experience;
  • a letter from their Area chair attesting to the applicant’s appropriate progress to degree and listing possible teaching assignments;
  • a letter of support and commitment from the faculty sponsor/mentor. Note: All letters should be submitted as reference letters via the ACO website.

Selection Process: All applications will be reviewed by the Divinity Teaching Fellows Committee, which includes the Director of the Chicago Center for Teaching, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Divinity School, the Director of Graduate Studies in the Divinity School, the Dean of Students in the Divinity School, and one additional faculty member from the Divinity School, to be designated by the Dean.

Notification: Successful Teaching Fellows and alternates will be notified between May 15 and June 15, 2019. The Fellows’ appointment will begin September 1 for one year, and is renewable for one additional year.

The appointment is contingent upon graduation no later than the Summer Quarter 2019 and on the satisfactory presentation of appropriate documentation of eligibility to work lawfully in the United States by the start of the appointment. International students who receive an appointment must secure work authorization from the Office of International Affairs prior to September 1.