teachingTeaching Fellowships

Candidates interested in full-time teaching positions, should refer to Teaching Positions.

The Teaching Fellowship Program at Taft provides an opportunity for talented college graduates to explore the boarding school profession and develop their teaching proficiency. All Teaching Fellows participate in the Penn Residency Master’s in Teaching program (PRMT).

Fellowships last two years and involve the following:

  • one week at Penn each summer
  • online work with the entire cohort of 20-25 fellows from member schools
  • one weekend per term at one of the consortium schools with the Penn faculty
  • mentoring of an experienced teacher at Taft
  • a series of seminars with the director of Teaching Fellowships (see below)

At the end of the program, fellows will earn a M.S.Ed. from Penn and have two years of teaching experience. Fellows are engaged in all facets of boarding school life. Typically, a fellow:

  • teaches two (or occasionally three) classes
  • coaches or contributes to an extracurricular program in the fall, winter and spring
  • assumes residential responsibilities

Working closely with a mentor in the same discipline, if not the same course, fellows learn about curriculum, classroom dynamics, class preparation, assessments and other fundamental aspects of the profession. The mentor is a readily available resource, offering information, advice, feedback and support. Because the fellow is solely responsible for his or her classes, the mentor assumes an unobtrusive advisory role designed to enable the fellow to succeed.

Fellows also participate together in weekly seminars on topics ranging from pragmatic issues of teaching at Taft to more general pedagogical principles, to adolescent development and cognitive research. These seminars are pertinent to the fellow’s immediate teaching experience as well as intellectually stimulating and philosophically provocative.

As members of the faculty, fellows receive the following:

  • a salary
  • support for the UPenn degree
  • housing and board
  • medical benefits and other perquisites

Teaching Fellowships may be awarded in the following disciplines:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • English
  • French
  • history
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • Spanish

Application Procedure

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Applicants for a Teaching Fellowship must be well qualified in their academic subjects, enthused about teaching and living with adolescent students, and willing to engage energetically in all aspects of boarding school life.

Please complete the online application at: taftschool.org/employment/faculty. You must include PDFs of the following:

  • resume
  • cover letter
  • college transcripts
  • two letters of reference

Three of Taft’s fellowships are funded through specific endowments: the Mailliard Fellowship, the Carpenter Fellowship and the Dankin Fellowship.

Candidates interested in full-time teaching positions, should refer to Teaching Positions.

The Taft School is fully accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is the policy of The Taft School to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religious creed, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, veteran's status, genetic predisposition or any other legally protected status.


If you have any questions concerning the Fellowship Program, please contact Eileen Fenn at EileenFenn@taftschool.org or 860-945-7804.

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