Faculty Fellows Program

Established in 2004, the Faculty Fellows Program provides recent college graduates an opportunity to experience teaching in an independent school. Through individual mentoring, a variety of professional development opportunities, and immersion in school life, faculty fellows develop foundational skills and gain experience to pursue successful teaching careers as well as valuable work experience for pursuing careers outside the field of education. Classroom and extracurricular responsibilities for fellows vary based on placement and readiness, but all fellows observe their mentor teacher and other faculty before assuming teaching responsibilities. The faculty fellowship is a full-time commitment for one school year.

Applications for the 2025-2026 school year will be available in September 2024. 

What to Know

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  • Teaching

    The teaching experience of faculty fellows varies based on division placement; however, all fellows work under the direct mentorship of a master teacher. The master teacher is readily available to guide and provide information, advice, feedback, and encouragement. Fellows in middle and high school generally assume responsibility for teaching two classes after a period of observing the master teacher. Fellows placed in the lower school share teaching responsibilities with the master teacher and are given opportunities to independently plan units and deliver instruction.
  • Outside the Classroom

    Under the guidance of faculty coaches and sponsors, faculty fellows coach and mentor students in our after school programs in athletics, arts, community service, and enrichment. Fellows also assist in leading retreats and mission trips and may choose to lead grade level Bible studies.
  • Support and Professional Development

    While the master teacher provides daily instructional coaching, fellows attend seminars on teaching and learning as well as meetings with the coordinator for the training of faculty fellows. These seminars and meetings provide a forum for discussion of pedagogical principles and practical application of best practices in education. Fellows are also active participants in faculty meetings and professional development opportunities planned on campus.
  • Compensation

    In addition to a salary of $30,000 paid over 12 months, faculty fellows are provided housing adjacent to the campus for the school year, lunch on school days, and the option for coverage under the school’s health insurance program.
  • Timeline

    • Application deadline:  Monday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m.
    • Applications will be reviewed in February.
    • Interviews will take place during March.
  • Alumni

    At this time, Wesleyan alumni will not be eligible to apply for the Faculty Fellows Program. While we welcome the application of alumni for full-time teaching positions, the Faculty Fellows Program is designed to include candidates with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Please contact Donna Dixon with questions about the alumni policy.

Who to Contact

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    Donna Dixon 

    Executive Assistant to Associate Head of School, Faculty Fellows Coordinator for Recruitment
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    Jane Leake 

    English Teacher, Faculty Fellows Coordinator for Training
"The Fellows Program has been one of the most transformative experiences of my professional and personal life. I have been challenged in so many ways, and I have learned more than I ever imagined about the teaching profession. Learning from professionals who have been sharpening their teaching and administrative skills for decades has pushed me to achieve more than I ever thought possible in one year of teaching." -Kristen Kroening, middle school English teacher

Meet the 2023-2024 Fellows!

"I am forever grateful for my time as a Faculty Fellow at Wesleyan. I was exposed to all the facets of life working at an independent Christian school. The platform for personal growth that the Fellows program provided me was incredible. It was truly a year of discernment for finding out what God had in store for me in my professional career." -Will Kimberlin, advancement associate