Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching

The University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professorship for Distinguished Teaching. We aim to make an appointment for the Spring 2021 term.

This visiting professorship was 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 2021 applications will be given to scholars who have a demonstrated expertise in teaching political theory. This is a one-semester position (half of a nine-month faculty position) and brings a commensurate proportion of a full year salary.

Since the successful candidate must demonstrate an established record of teaching excellence, applicants should normally hold a tenured position in their home institution. 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. The professorship is not intended for early-career faculty and we do not generally consider nominees who have taught for fewer than five years. We are keen to consider candidates who have been innovative in the classroom through their use of technology, although again this is not a necessary condition for selection. Princeton is especially interested in qualified nominees who can contribute through their research and teaching to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. 

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 will consider nominees 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.

Applications

Interested applicants should apply online. The following materials will be required. The application deadline is Friday, October 18, 2019

  1. A cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in affiliation with the University Center;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement of the applicant’s teaching record in the last five-to-ten years listing courses offered and describing the evidence of distinguished teaching (e.g., teaching awards received and/or a summary of institutional teaching assessments); 
  4. A scholarly paper or book chapter accepted for publication within the last five years, ideally not exceeding 12,000 words (not including bibliography); 
  5. A brief prospectus of research to be undertaken at Princeton; 
  6. The names and contact information of three referees, at least one of whom should be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s teaching record (in the event that their views are sought, referees will be contacted by the search committee).

The selection committee may request further information, such as institutional documentation of the teaching record, at a later stage.

We anticipate concluding the selection process by April 2020.

For more information about the University Center for Human Values, please visit our website.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates 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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