Special Collections Teaching Fellowships

Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society Teaching Fellows

This summer the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society is offering two teaching fellowships to encourage the use of the Center’s library and archives housed in the Michael Bourdeaux Research Center in Baylor’s graduate and undergraduate curriculum.

  • The fellowships are open to full-time Baylor faculty members (which can include tenured and tenure-track faculty, regular lecturers, and senior lecturers) and
  • Graduate teaching assistants (teachers of record).

Past recipients of teaching fellowships who wish to explore additional possibilities are eligible to reapply. Preference, however, may be given to first-time applicants.

Recipients of the teaching fellowships receive a stipend of $1,000 (after taxes) and are expected to spend at least one week (20 hours minimum) in the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society where they will be paired with an administrative staff member or librarian who can provide guidance on the Center’s facilities, collections, and services. The specific week chosen should be convenient to both and should occur between May 10 and August 13.

Teaching fellows will be required to submit a one to two-page document containing a description of how they intend to incorporate collection materials into a course. This document is due no later than two weeks after the fellow’s time in residence. Teaching fellows will also be expected to share their experiences with other faculty and graduate students by presenting on how they used collection materials in their classes in one of the Academy for Teaching and Learning’s Seminars for Excellence in Teaching (SET) or in another appropriate venue.  

To apply, candidates should send a curriculum vitae and a brief statement (not to exceed two pages) describing the course for which they intend to use the Center’s collections and the learning objectives they hope to achieve. Applicants should also indicate when they will be available to complete the fellowship at the library and archives. The application materials should be sent by email to Kathy_Hillman@baylor.edu, Director of the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society, by April 9, 2021. Recipients will be notified by April 30, 2021.

Applications will be evaluated based on their potential to enhance teaching and learning and will be reviewed by a committee. Recommendations will be sent to the Dean of University Libraries who will make the final decision. 

To learn more about the Keston collection, visit http://www.baylor.edu/kestoncenter/.

For additional information, contact Kathy_Hillman@baylor.edu.