Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship Program

The Graduate School launched the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in 2020-2021 with the support of the Provost’s Office and in collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences and the Honors College.  Currently, postdoctoral fellowships in the Honors College and the College of Arts & Sciences are offered for Baylor graduates through the Graduate School.  

These 10-month positions will include a salary of $40,000, continued access to Graduate School travel funds, additional mentoring and professional development training, and the same health benefits as Baylor faculty for the 10-month duration of the postdoctoral position. 

The 2022-23 Graduate School Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows are:

The 2022-23 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows are for English Department:  Aaron Hatrick, Molly Lewis, and Aubrey Morris.  For the School of Education:  Sean Strehlow.  For the Honors College:  Michael Gonzalez.  For the College of Arts & Sciences:  Jacob Randolph, Mads Reynolds, David Roach and Sam Young

For past Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows, see here.

Beginning in 2023 with hiring for the 2023-2024 academic year, to be eligible candidates must:

  • have graduated with their PhD within the 12 months immediately preceding the start date of the Teaching Fellowship (for an August start date, this includes commencements the previous year in August or December and the same year in May or August.)  
  • completed their PhD program within a time span of 5 active years.

The process for nomination and selection is as follows:

  • GPDs in collaboration with their department Chairs will submit a one-page letter of recommendation for 1-2 eligible students within their department. In addition to outlining why the department supports the selection of the student, the letter should also outline the classes to be taught during the one-year fellowship (4-4 load). The student's CV should be also be submitted.
  • For Fall 2023 consideration, the nomination letter and CV should be submitted via email to the professional development office in the Graduate School (care of Laura Sepanski) by February 15, 2023. The nominations must come from the GPDs with the support of department chairs.
  • The Graduate School will provide review of the nominations and submit candidates to the deans of the A&S and Honors Colleges. Three Teaching fellows will be proposed for A&S and one teaching fellow will be proposed for the Honors College. The candidates will be selected based on the strength of their applications as well as the teaching needs of the university. 
  • Candidates for the English postdoctoral fellowships will be decided within the English department; candidates for the School of Education will be decided within the School of Education. 
  • Candidates for Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships will be notified by March 3, 2023 that they have been chosen to move forward in the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow interview process.   The remainder of the hiring process will be conducted by HR and the Office of the Provost.

We encourage departments to continue giving first priority of all PTL hires to recent PhD graduates. While these students may not be recipients of the competitive Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship program, they can still benefit from a year of teaching full loads within the department as they prepare for the job market. We encourage departments to consider hiring PhD students to teach full loads (or close to full loads) as PTL hires.

We are working to continue expanding the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship Program. We are so thankful for the support of the Provost Office in helping us create these postdoctoral positions.  

The Baylor Graduate School is committed to expanding this program for as many PhD students as possible. It is our goal to make postdoctoral fellowships for Baylor PhD students a regular part of our academic landscape.


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