Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship Program

The Graduate School with the support of the Provost’s Office and in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Honors College, is pleased to announce the early launch of the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship Program. Seven postdoctoral teaching fellowship positions will be available for 2021-2022: three continuing within the English department (launched in Fall 2020), and four additional fellows for 2021-2022--three in College of Arts and Sciences and one in the Honors College  These one-year positions will include a salary of $40,000, continued access to Graduate School travel funds, additional mentoring through the Conyers Scholars or Ramm Scholars programs, inclusion in the Graduate School Mock Interviews and professional development training, and the same health benefits as Baylor faculty. 

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship through the School of Education. Please see here for applications. 

The process for nomination and selection is as follows:

  • PhD graduates within the College of A&S who have completed their degree within the academic year immediately preceding the start date of the Teaching Fellowship are eligible
  • 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 application of the student, it will also outline the classes the classes to be taught during the one-year fellowship (4-4 load). Students should provide their CV to be submitted along with the nomination letters.
  • For Fall 2022 consideration, applications should be submitted to Beth Allison Barr in the Graduate School by January 31, 2022. The nominations must come from the GPDs with the support of department chairs.
  • The Graduate School will provide initial review of the applications, and submit the candidates to both the dean of A&S and the Honors College.
  • A&S will select 3 teaching fellows, and the Honors College will select one teaching fellow. The candidates will be selected based on the strength of their applications as well as the teaching needs of the university. 
  • Selection of Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships will be announced by February 28, 2022.

The goal is for this Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship to pave the way for the 2023-2024 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship. These 4 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship positions for 2021-2022 will join the three English Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship positions launched in 2020-2021 (for a total of 7 postdoctoral teaching fellowships), and become part of the Competitive Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship Program for 2023-2024. In 2023-2024, eligible students will have completed their PhD within the calendar year immediately preceding the start date of the Teaching Fellowship as well as have completed their PhD program within 5 active years.

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 4 new postdoctoral positions for the 2021-2022 year. We look forward to receiving nominations by January 15.

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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