PPFP Teaching Policy

Teaching activities are permitted only in accordance with the program's teaching policy.

The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to provide new scholars with time to focus on research and publishing activities that will enhance their prospects for appointment as a tenure-track faculty member. The terms of the fellowships do not allow teaching without prior approval from the faculty mentor, the department chair, and the program director. It will be approved only if the teaching opportunity appears to serve the fellow’s career development.

The programs may approve teaching commitments under the following circumstances:

  1. The teaching involves a small, focused course (i.e. an upper division or graduate seminar) that is closely related to the fellow’s area of research;
  2. The fellow is in a field where teaching is expected to be part of postdoctoral fellowship appointments;
  3. The fellow has done little teaching and needs to add teaching experience in order to be competitive for tenure-track faculty appointments.