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Civic, Liberal, and Global Education Lecturer Search

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The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) at Stanford University is now accepting applications for three-year teaching lecturer positions in the Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE) first-year requirement program. COLLEGE courses support first-year students in making a successful academic and personal transition to college-level learning while creating a shared intellectual experience for the first-year class. The fall and winter quarter seminars are taught through a single shared syllabus which invites students to examine the purpose of college and their own role in society and the world. In the spring, students are given greater choice (between 8 to 10 courses) that offer a more global perspective. We seek candidates to teach in all three quarters of COLLEGE from all fields in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM, and especially value interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. 

[note: we anticipate returning to a fully national search next year, open to external candidates] The 2024-2025 Lecturer Search is open only to internal Stanford candidates (current or recently graduated Stanford doctoral graduate students and current or recent Stanford postdoctoral scholars). We have a strong preference for candidates who will have a PhD by June 2024, or earned the PhD no earlier than 2018. 

We expect to hire 5-6 lecturers for the three-year period from August 1, 2024 to July 31, 2027. Lecturers receive an initial two-year contract and a final one-year contract. COLLEGE Lecturers are full-time academic staff and receive standard Stanford employee benefits including health insurance. The salary will be at least $84,200 (paid over 12 months). Lecturers have access to $2,000 each year to support research expenses.

Lecturers typically teach 2 sections (~16 students) of the same course each quarter. Lecturers will teach “Why College?” in the autumn; “Citizenship in the 21st Century” in the winter; and one of several Global Perspectives courses in the spring. All courses are team-taught, based on a shared syllabus, and teaching in the COLLEGE fellowship is highly collaborative, with weekly teaching team meetings, and regular pedagogy workshops. The lectureship also encourages a research community among lecturers, and supports professional development through funding, workshops, and individual coaching. See the Lecturers section of our website for more information.

Applications will close February 1, 2024, and must be submitted through Interfolio. Offers of employment are made contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. PhD conferred by June 2024 is strongly preferred and a minimum of a Bachelor's degree is required. For those who will need sponsorship, VPUE is only able to sponsor a J-1 visa for this role.

To apply for the 2024-2025 COLLEGE Lecturer Search:

All applications must be submitted through Interfolio: The required materials include:

  • Cover letter that addresses all aspects of your qualifications including:
    • Demonstrated excellence in teaching–please include experiences with teaching first-year students and team teaching
    • Relevant research and teaching related to courses in the COLLEGE curriculum
    • Discussion of how you might teach a topic or text from at least two courses in our curriculum: address your top-ranked spring course, AND either "Why College?" or "Citizenship in the 21st Century." Find course information and teaching expectations at the Search Courses webpage.
    • Aspects of your life experiences, interests, and character that would allow you to make a distinctive contribution to the COLLEGE program
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Teaching Evaluation: Submit the aggregated university evaluation report for one course, preferably a recent course. (Do not submit individual student forms or letters from individual students.)
  • Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter should speak to your teaching.

Questions may be sent to Please note: Stanford will close for winter break from 12/21/2023 until 1/4/2024.

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.