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JOB: Lectureships at Stanford
By S. Matthew Liao

Stanford University is now accepting applications for lecturers to teach in the liberal arts curriculum required for freshmen. In 2012-13, Stanford will transform the Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) program to include a broad range of disciplinary areas of study. Courses offered in this curriculum will span such diverse fields as American studies, physical chemistry, environmental studies, biological sciences, social psychology, and political philosophy as well as the traditional humanities disciplines. This is a one-year position.

Lecturers lead seminar discussions for courses that fulfill the freshman liberal arts requirement following the curricular tradition first established at Stanford in 1919. Lecturers teach two seminar discussion sections (averaging 15 students each) that meet twice weekly and coordinate with course lectures given by Stanford faculty.

Lecturers are appointed September 1, 2012 for a one-year term. Starting salary will be at least $53,500 with supplemental stipends of $2,000 for research and scholarship. Professional development support encourages systematic reflection on effective teaching strategies in an environment that fosters exchange and collaboration.

Eligible candidates will be asked to provide evidence of teaching excellence and proof of intellectual flexibility as well as a strong record of scholarship. Other desired qualifications are: experience teaching first-year university students; familiarity with team teaching; and demonstrated experience with developing students’ skills in critical thinking, writing, listening, discussion, and analysis.
Applications will open January 16 and close March 9, 2012. Decisions are expected to be announced in late May. All offers of employment are made contingent upon the candidate being able to demonstrate eligibility to work in the U.S. Due to the nature of the program, H-1B sponsorship is not available in connection with these positions.

To apply for a Stanford lecturer position, follow the directions on this website:

Questions about these positions can be addressed to Justin Higinbotham at justinmh (at)

Stanford University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.


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