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Princeton University Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professorships for Distinguished Teaching


January 12, 2015

The University Center for Human Values invites nominations and applications for the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professorship for Distinguished Teaching. Individuals will be considered for appointment in either 2016-17 or 2017-18.

This visiting professorship was established as part of Princeton’s 250th Anniversary teaching initiatives, enabling the University Center each year to bring to campus one excellent undergraduate teacher and scholar whose teaching and research explicitly examine values in public and private life. Candidates in all fields are eligible; recent holders of the chair have been appointed in Comparative Literature, History, Politics, Philosophy, and Psychology. This ten-month position brings a full salary.

Since the successful candidate must demonstrate an established record of teaching excellence, applicants should normally hold a tenured position in their home institution. The professorship is not intended for early-career faculty and we do not generally consider applicants who have taught less than five years.

Candidates who have received teaching awards will be given especially serious consideration, but this is not a necessary condition for selection if there is other evidence of outstanding teaching. We are keen to consider applicants who have been innovative in the classroom through their use of technology, although again this is not a necessary condition for selection. International applicants with a demonstrable record of distinguished teaching are encouraged to apply.

Visiting professors normally teach one undergraduate course, organize one or more teaching related events, and participate in seminars, colloquia, and other activities of the University Center for Human Values. They also enjoy access to Firestone Library and to a wide range of activities throughout the University.

The appointment committee will consider applicants on the basis of:

  • The quality of their teaching and relevance to the purposes of the University Center for Human Values;
  • The quality of their previous and proposed research and their ability to benefit from and contribute to the activities of the University Center for Human Values;
  • The contribution they are likely to make to higher education in the future through teaching and writing about ethics and human values.

The University Center encourages department chairs, deans, colleagues, and students to nominate candidates for consideration. Nomination letters should describe the nominee’s teaching and scholarly interests and characterize the evidence as to quality of the nominee’s record of teaching and scholarship. The nominee’s c.v. should be included. The selection committee may invite nominees to provide further information if required. It would be helpful to us to receive the nomination by Monday, January 26, 2015. Nomination letters may be sent by email to values@princeton.edu

Interested applicants should apply online at www.princeton.edu/jobs. (The requisition number is 1400660.) The following materials will be required. The application deadline is Friday, February 13, 2015:

  1. A cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in affiliation with the University Center and indicating the academic year in which the applicant seeks appointment;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement of the applicant’s teaching record in the last five-to-ten years listing courses offered and describing the evidence of distinguished teaching (e.g., teaching awards received and/or a summary of institutional teaching assessments);
  4. A scholarly paper or book chapter accepted for publication within the last five years, ideally not exceeding 12,000 words;
  5. A brief prospectus of research to be undertaken at Princeton;
  6. The names and contact information of three references, at least one of whom should be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s teaching record (in the event that they are necessary, references will be contacted by the search committee).

The selection committee may request further information, such as documentation of the teaching record, at a later stage.

We anticipate concluding the selection process by June 2015, at least for the appointment tenable in 2016-17.

For more information about the University Center for Human Values, please visit our web site: http://uchv.princeton.edu/index.php.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.