Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching

These visiting professorships were established as part of Princeton’s 250th Anniversary teaching initiatives, enabling the University Center to bring to campus excellent undergraduate teachers and scholars whose teaching and research explicitly examine values in public and private life. Candidates in all fields are eligible but special consideration for Spring 2018 applications will be given to scholars who have a demonstrated expertise in teaching related to environmental ethics and political theory and for Spring 2019 and Spring 2020 to scholars who have a demonstrated expertise in teaching related to service and civic engagement, human rights or ethics and public policy. Recent holders of these positions have been appointed at their home institutions in Comparative Literature, History, Politics, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology.  Ten-month positions bring a full salary. Five-month positions (half of a ten-month faculty position) bring a commensurate proportion of salary.

Since the successful candidates must demonstrate an established record of teaching excellence, applicants should normally hold a tenured position in their home institution. The professorship is not intended for early-career faculty and we do not generally consider applicants who have taught less than five years.

Candidates who have received teaching awards will be given especially serious consideration, but receipt of such awards is not a necessary condition for selection if there is other evidence of outstanding teaching. We are keen to consider applicants who have been innovative in the classroom through their use of technology, although again this is not a necessary condition for selection. International applicants with a demonstrable record of distinguished teaching are encouraged to apply.

Visiting professors normally teach one undergraduate course, organize at least one event focused on pedagogy, and participate in seminars, colloquia, and other activities of the University Center for Human Values. They also enjoy access to Firestone Library and to a wide range of activities throughout the University.

The appointment committee considers candidates on the basis of:

  • The quality of their teaching and relevance to the purposes of the University Center for Human Values;
  • The quality of their previous and proposed research and their ability to benefit from and contribute to the activities of the University Center for Human Values;  
  • The contribution they are likely to make to higher education in the future through teaching and writing about ethics and human values. 

The 2017-18 Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching will be John Hall, James McGill Professor of Sociology, McGill University.  Lori Gruen, William Griffin Professor of Philosophy, Wesleyan University will be the Spring 2018 Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching.

How to Apply

The University Center is not currently accepting applications for these positions.


We appreciate nominations at all times but have confirmed our Visiting Professors for Distinguished Teaching for 2017-18, spring 2018, 2018-19, spring 2019 and 2019-20.  

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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