Teaching Fellowship Program & Opportunities for 2015-2016
Thank you for your interest in the Noble and Greenough Teaching Fellows Program. Each year Nobles hires five to seven Teaching Fellows who are beginning their teaching careers and who desire an opportunity to both teach independently and be closely mentored. We select Fellows to work in a variety of departments ranging from English, History, Math, Classics and languages (Spanish, French, Latin, and Japanese) to Administrative Fellows in admissions and diversity initiatives. In some years we also hire in the areas of Drama, Technical Theater and Visual Arts. The specific fellowships offered will depend upon the School's needs for the coming academic year, and those needs may be determined any time between early February and early summer.
Teaching Fellows begin their commitment to the School in late August with an orientation program, which focuses on the School's mission, philosophy of education, methods of classroom teaching, and the logistics of the Nobles school day and year. Classroom Teaching Fellows are also expected to attend AISNE or other workshop over the summer or in September. Except for winter and spring vacations, the Fellowship is a full-time commitment until early June. A stipend of $18,500 is paid to Fellows on a twelve-month basis, including health and dental insurance, beginning in September.
Teaching Fellows typically have responsibility for teaching one course, either as solo instructor, or working with a faculty mentor. Some teaching fellowships involve progressively increased teaching opportunities over the course of the year. However, each Teaching Fellow’s course load is different as it depends upon the needs of his/her department. All Teaching Fellows work three seasons in our Afternoon Program in athletics, theatre, or community service. Fellows may live on campus (for which they are required to do one evening of dorm duty a week as well as four weekends of duty a year in our five day boarding program). If Fellows choose to live off campus instead, we do not supplement the Teaching Fellow stipend to help defray expenses.
The Nobles' Teaching Fellow Program is different from that of many schools in that we believe in the development of individual young teachers by giving them limited classroom responsibility from the outset with significant mentoring, evaluation and support. Fellows are assigned a faculty mentor within their academic department and also are supported, observed and evaluated by a member of the Faculty Evaluation Team. Thus, while working in the classroom throughout the year as teachers, our Fellows are also students of education, learning not only from their faculty mentors but also from self-examination of their own work.
If you are interested in being considered for one of our Fellowships, please provide us with the following materials:
- A cover letter which briefly explains why you would like to teach at Nobles;
- A résumé which includes the following —your academic study; your experience in teaching; your experience in boarding life; your experience in coaching or sports, service work or experience in the performing arts;
- The names, telephone numbers and emails of three references;
- An official transcript from your college or university, including a transcript for any graduate work you may have done;
Teaching Fellowships are posted for the upcoming year based on the teaching opportunities the School anticipates having available. Student pre-registration for the following year’s courses are a significant factor, as are other staffing considerations. Postings may occur on an ongoing basis from early February to early summer, as course pre-registration and other staffing considerations develop. Once the need for a Teaching Fellow in a specific discipline has been established, the department and division heads will review all completed applications. Academic department heads will contact candidates directly if they wish to pursue the applicant’s candidacy.
Candidates should email materials to Careers@nobles.edu (in Word Document or PDF format) or mail to Careers at Nobles, 10 Campus Drive, Dedham, MA 02026
We fully respect the fact that candidates are eager to learn of the status of their applications, but we regret that we cannot attend to such inquiries by telephone. If you have a question about your application, please write an email to Patricia Aliquo, assistant to Interim Head of Upper School, Michael Denning.
Thomas Bloom - Classics
The Nobles teaching fellowship is a great way to explore the world of education. Not only does Nobles offer fellowships in teaching various subjects, but it also offers fellowships in other areas of the school such as admissions and development. On top of this, many fellows become involved with planning and chaperoning school trips, coaching multiple sports, and running a school club. The opportunities are endless and diverse. The best part of the program is the continuous support one feels from everyone in the community, especially the support given by a mentor. It has been a pleasure to work with such intelligent and motivated individuals who strive to carry out the school’s mission on a daily basis.
Ashley Bradley - English
Fellowships at Nobles are an excellent opportunity for young professionals to dip their hand into the realm of education. My fellowship experience has alloted me a unique and special opportunity to work in different arenas of the school including diversity initiatives, teaching, admissions, coaching, leading trips, planning and organizing meetings and events, and working closely under the tutelage of a mentor teacher who provides advice and support. Additionally, the constant dedication, hard work and passion demonstrated by fellow teachers makes Nobles an atmosphere ideal for a young teacher to grow and succeed in a community very much committed to living out its mission.
Kelsey Grousbeck - Visual Arts, Photography
Being a Nobles teaching fellow allowed me to test many different positions in an independent school community while developing as a teacher and a colleague. Immediately, Nobles trusts you to take on a lot of responsibilities, including having your own classes instead of shadowing, but you are navigating these responsibilities under the mentorship of skilled and truly passionate faculty members. You are encouraged to find your own voice and seek out various roles in the community, and through coaching, teaching, chaperoning service trips, advising, and pursuing community initiatives, you can comfortably find your niche while receiving valuable feedback throughout the year. And though Nobles is known for its tight-knit community, the faculty and students all invite fresh ideas, personalities, and humor to the classroom and beyond, making teaching fellows feel immediately welcomed and respected for broadening our community.
Michael Hoe - Science
Being a teaching fellow at Nobles is a great way to gain valuable and lasting experiences in the classroom, on the fields/courts, in the dorm, on stage, and a variety of other arenas in the world of independent schools. Not only does the teaching fellow program allow you to grow in a professional sense, but you are given the opportunity to develop personally in an intellectual, vibrant, and diverse community; furthermore, my colleagues at Nobles were always incredibly supportive and encouraging, even though I was a brand new teacher. My time as a teaching fellow provided me with the scaffolding to be well prepared for any situation that could arise as a teacher, coach, advisor, colleague, or mentor. Ultimately, it also made me realize that I wanted to stay in the field of education and I truly believe I would have not had this experience elsewhere. I am grateful for the invaluable opportunity I had as a teaching fellow at Nobles.
Michelle Huber - Modern Language, Spanish
The teaching fellow experience offered me a perfect match of my prior experience with a new level of challenge. Before working as a teaching fellow, I had a lot of experience assisting in the classroom, tutoring and working at summer programs, but I had never been a lead teacher. The fellowship provided a perfect next step with a significant amount of responsibility, without feeling too overwhelming. With mentoring from a language faculty member, as well as the dean of new faculty, we had ample opportunity to discuss problem-solving and concrete strategies. I remember very clearly during the first day of orientation when the head of school told us that we would be doing our job wrong if we never asked questions. The teaching fellow experience is about learning how to be a teacher, but we don't just sit around and talk about pedagogy; we observe, experiment, and live it. I also found that Nobles trusts its employees. If you have an initiative or an idea you want to bring to the classroom, it is always possible. Although I was hired as a Spanish teaching fellow, I was also able to work in the dance afternoon program, which is another major passion of mine. Nobles will find ways to utilize your skills and passions, because as an institution it knows that passionate teaching makes for passionate students.
David Medina - Social Science and History, Diversity Office, Provost Office
Fellowships at Nobles are an excellent opportunity for young professionals to try out a career in education. My fellowship experience allowed me to garner a panoply of experience in different arenas of the school including diversity initiatives, teaching social science, admissions, coaching,leading trips through the experiential initiatives of the school, planning and organizing events, and working closely under the tutelage of a mentor teacher who provides advice and support. Additionally, the constant dedication, hard work and passion demonstrated by a talented bevy of colleagues makes Nobles an atmosphere ideal for young teaching professionals to grow and succeed in a community very much committed to living out its mission.