Applications for faculty positions are accepted all year. In response to projected retirements, applicants may be interviewed as early as the fall. However, the vast majority of open teaching and administrative positions become known in February and March of each year. Hence the optimum time to submit applications is December and January. Unless noted otherwise, candidates should send a cover letter and resume to John Taylor, Dean of Faculty. Decisions regarding new members of the faculty are usually made from mid-March through mid-May.
In addition to teaching or administrative responsibilities, all positions involve activities that are normally part of a boarding school commitment: dormitory residence or association, coaching assignments, Dining Hall duties, committee work, and other routine duties. Given the nature of a boarding school, there is an assumption that faculty members can be called upon to fulfill these duties any evening and on weekends.
Each year, after identifying our teaching, coaching, and other needs, the Dean of the Faculty along with department chairs or administrative officers will review all the appropriate resumes and schedule interviews with candidates. Interviews consist of a day-long visit to Deerfield to meet with all relevant school personnel (Dean of the Faculty, department chair, Assistant Head of School for Student Life, Athletic Director, etc.). A class visitation and lunch with department members is scheduled and candidates are called upon to teach a class. A tour of the campus with a Deerfield student is also part of the process.
Deerfield’s salary and benefits package is very competitive. Given the residential responsibilities of a boarding school, housing is provided either in a dormitory or Academy residences in Deerfield. For a comprehensive description of benefits see our Employment page.
For applicants interested in the Deerfield Academy Teaching Fellows Program, please check back in November when applications will be available. Decisions are made on a rolling basis from November to May.
Established in 2000 by Wallace Wilson ’47, and enriched by gifts from Mr. Wilson’s stepson William Mathis ’84, the Wallace Wilson Visiting Scholars Chair supports a year-long fellowship program. Distinguished educators from a variety of disciplines come to Deerfield to teach, involve themselves in the life of the school, and complete scholarly projects of their own. During the year-long appointment, Wilson Fellows are considered full members of the faculty and are awarded housing and standard benefits. If you are interested in becoming a Wilson Fellow or would like to suggest a candidate, send a cover letter and resume to John Taylor. (Please have the subject line of the email be Wilson Fellow.)