Teaching Fellows Program
Deerfield is committed to the development of new teachers. Believing that an apprenticeship relationship and ongoing education are the best ways to develop the craft of teaching, Deerfield’s Teaching Fellows program is based on mentoring by veteran faculty members and obtaining a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania over the course of two years.
Deerfield and nine other schools have entered into a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, creating the Boarding School Teaching Residency program (BSTR). The program lasts for two years and involves one week of work at Penn each summer, online work with the entire cohort of 20-25 fellows from all the schools, one weekend per term at one of the consortium schools with the Penn faculty, and coursework with a mentor at Deerfield, as well as the regular work of the Teaching Fellows. After two years the fellows earn a MSEd from Penn and have two years teaching experience.
A fellow at Deerfield teaches two sections of the same course, works closely with the mentor with whom they share a common class preparation, and regularly observes a class taught by the mentor. In all other ways, fellows are considered full members of the faculty. They reside in dormitories, coach athletics or work in community service, supervise family-style meals in the Dining Hall, advise students, and participate in other activities that are part of a boarding school environment. View additional information on the Boarding School Teaching Residency program.
The Wallace Wilson Fellowship
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. The intention is to expose students to scholars from many disciplines but also to allow the Fellow time for personal scholarship. There is a slightly reduced teaching load and some assigned activities that are part of boarding school life. During the year-long appointment, Wilson Fellows are considered full members of the faculty and are awarded housing and standard benefits.
Previous Wilson Fellows have included:
Malcolm McKenzie, retired Headmaster of the Malu a Pula School in Botswana; Sam Weisman, filmmaker; David and Hillary Matthews (Mr. Matthews is the retired Headmaster of the Tiger Kloof School in South Africa); David Marcus, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author; Gloria Barrett, authority in mathematics and mathematics education; and Trevor McKinlay, retired Headmaster of Markham College in Lima, Peru.
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, Associate Head of School, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line in the email should be Wilson Fellow. Decisions regarding new members of the faculty are usually made from mid-March through mid-May.