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Farmer UPenn Teaching Fellowship

St Mark's School seeks two innovative and energetic candidates, graduating from college in either 2022 or 2023, to fill two Teaching Fellow positions starting in June 2023. This is a two-year Fellowship program designed to enhance the holistic teaching skills of Fellows in a school deeply committed to antiracism. Teaching Fellows work with an experienced mentor, teach classes, and participate in the rich and varied life of a boarding school, including coaching and residential life. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to continuing diversity, equity, and inclusion work and a willingness to engage in experiences designed to improve their teaching. They will exhibit creativity, collaboration, an orientation toward inquiry, and leadership. St. Mark's seeks candidates who help us achieve our goal of building an adult community that reflects the diversity of our student body.

The Fellowship is designed in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania's Independent School Teaching Residency (ISTR) program. This innovative and comprehensive Teaching Residency program supports the Fellows' work toward earning their master's degree in education. Brief, intensive on-site sessions will rotate between the Penn campus, as well as St. Mark's and partner schools, pairing in-person and distance learning. Applicants must meet UPenn Program GPA requirements in order to receive an offer from St. Mark's School and admission into the UPenn Program.

Specific teaching responsibilities will be determined based on each fellow's education, background, and experiences. They will be supported by a mentor, Department Head, the Farmer UPenn Fellow Program Coordinator, and the Dean of Faculty.

Academic Responsibilities

Classroom Teaching
Year one:
  • Teach one class and observe a second class taught by their mentor
  • Attend seven St. Mark's Saturday's sessions over the course of their first year (five new faculty extended orientation sessions to benefit from being a part of that cohort, plus two Saturday experiential learning class observations)
Year two:
  • Teach two classes and observe a third class taught by their mentor
  • Teach one SM Saturday class (7 sessions)
  • Be observed once per week by their mentor
  • Be observed at least once per quarter by the Program Coordinator
  • Observe 1 of their mentor's classes each week
  • Observe other educators across the school at least twice per quarter with the following goals:
  • Apply their theoretical and practical knowledge through observation, inquiry, and reflection
  • Understand the culture of teaching and learning at St. Mark's Develop relationships with other teaching faculty
  • Focus on the student experience and learner engagement
  • Meet weekly with their mentor teacher
  • Meet weekly with other Penn Fellows and Program Coordinator as part of the school fieldwork course
  • Meet with the Center Director and Assistant Head/Dean of Faculty periodically through extended new faculty orientation in year one and one to two times per semester in year two
Reflection & Documentation
  • Collaborate with the Program Coordinator to identify the best way to document and reflect on their learning to support the theory-practice connection of the ISTR program
  • Write a year-end reflection on their experience to be published in the St. Mark's academic journal, LEO, each academic year
Additional Responsibilities
  • Advise students
  • Residential Life
  • Serve on a House Duty Team, overseeing a House one night per week and five Saturday nights per year
  • Serve on a Social Duty Team four weekends per year
  • Athletics/Co-Curricular Program
  • Assistant Coach two seasons of athletics or the equivalent in a co-curricular activity
Community & Equity
  • Engage with the office of Community and Equity Affairs; learning philosophy, programming, and initiatives
  • Attend C&E-sponsored events, including student affinity group meetings and cultural celebrations

To Apply

To apply, please select this link. No calls, please. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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