Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching

The University Center for Human Values is currently accepting nominations for its Visiting Professorship for Distinguished Teaching for the following semesters and academic years: Spring 2020, Spring 2021, 2020-21 and 2021-22.  Nomination materials should be submitted online:

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 2020 and Spring 2021 applications will be given to scholars who have a demonstrated expertise in teaching related to ethics and public policy particularly with a normative lens to questions involving either race and ethnicity, artificial intelligence, or the environment. Recent holders of these positions have been appointed at their home institutions in Comparative Literature, History, Politics, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology but this list is not meant to be exhaustive.  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, nominees 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 2018-19 Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching is Adam Potkay, the College of William and Mary.  Ben Berger, Swarthmore College, will be the Spring 2019 Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching.


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.

The University Center encourages department chairs, deans, colleagues, and students to nominate candidates for consideration. Nomination letters should describe the nominee’s teaching and scholarly interests and characterize the evidence as to quality of the nominee’s record of teaching and scholarship. The nominee’s c.v. should be included. The selection committee may invite nominees to provide further information if required. It would be helpful to us to receive the nomination by Friday October 12, 2018.  Nomination materials should be submitted online:

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 March 2019.

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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