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Lecturer Search for First-Year Residential Program - Structured Liberal Education (SLE)

Structured Liberal Education (SLE)
Teaching Positions for the First-Year Liberal Education Requirement
The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) at Stanford University is now accepting applications for a full-time Lecturer for the Program in Structured Liberal Education (SLE).
SLE is a residence-based humanities program that encourages students to live a life of ideas in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical thinking and interpretation. Focusing on great works of philosophy, religion, literature, painting, and film drawn largely, but not exclusively, from the Western tradition, the SLE curriculum places particular emphasis on artists and intellectuals who brought new ways of thinking and new ways of creating into the world, often overthrowing prior traditions in the process. We invite candidates who are interested in helping first-year students draw connections between issues raised in the course and contemporary concerns about social justice, inequality, and identity politics.
The role of SLE Lecturer includes the following: attending three lectures each week, usually taught by Stanford faculty members; leading two weekly seminars (with the same group of fifteen first-year students); working with students on writing (sometimes through individual tutorials); and engaging with aspects of the residential life in the SLE dormitory environment. Although SLE Lecturers do not live in the residence, they are fully participating members of the residential experience. Lecturers may also be called upon to deliver at least one lecture to the class. The Lecturers work closely as a team with the Director of the Program (a Stanford faculty member), with the upper-class peer tutors assigned to their seminars, and to some degree with the participating Stanford faculty.
Initial appointments of lecturers will be made for a term of two years, beginning in the 2021-22 academic year, with a start date of September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2023.  The appointment may be renewable for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory performance and programmatic need.  We offer a competitive salary, research and travel funds, and a comprehensive benefits package.
This position is open to internal Stanford candidates only. Candidates must hold a PhD from Stanford or currently be a postdoctoral student at Stanford to qualify (filed no later than June 30, 2021), a strong record of humanities scholarship and evidence of teaching excellence.
To learn more about SLE, please visit our website at To apply and to view a more detailed job description, please follow the instructions found at and include the following:
1. A letter of application that outlines your experience with (or preparation for) (a) teaching in a residential humanities program; (b) your preparation for helping diverse undergraduates draw connections between pre-modern texts and contemporary concerns; (c) your experience with writing instruction; (d) your experience working in a collaborative teaching environment.
2. A teaching statement that describes your teaching philosophy. This should include experience with and approaches to leading small group seminars as well as team teaching.
3. Teaching evaluations (preferably from students and/or peers). 
4. A curriculum vitae.
5. Three letters of reference, with at least one reference describing the status of your dissertation progress.
Submit all application materials by February 2, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM PST. Offers of employment are made contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and ability to demonstrate eligibility to work in the US. 
If you have questions about SLE or the Lecturer position, write to Jeremy Sabol, jsabol [at] (jsabol[at]stanford[dot]edu)
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