Teaching Fellows Program

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, lecturers, and senior lecturers) and
  • Graduate teaching assistants (teachers of record).

Faculty and graduate teaching assistants who have used the Center’s library and archives in their teaching in the past but wish to explore additional possibilities are also encouraged to apply.

Recipients of the teaching fellowships receive a stipend of $1,000 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 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 15 and August 11.

Teaching fellows will be required to submit a 1-2 page document containing a proposed lesson plan or a description of how they intend to incorporate collection materials into a course. Due no later than two weeks after the fellow’s time in residence, the document will be posted on a website dedicated to teaching with special collections at Baylor. 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. The application materials should be sent by email to Kathy Hillman, Director of the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society, by April 7, 2017. Recipients will be notified by April 21, 2017.

Applications will be evaluated based on their potential to enhance teaching and learning and will be reviewed by the Keston Center’s Director, a Keston administrative staff member, at least one member of the Keston Center Advisory Board and either a second member of the Advisory Board or an additional librarian. Recommendations will be sent to the Dean of University Libraries who will make the final decision.

To learn more about the Library’s collection, visit https://www.baylor.edu/kestoncenter/. For additional information, contact Kathy Hillman.

To see additional fellowship opportunities with the Baylor Libraries, visit baylor.edu/library/teachingfellows.