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The Core Curriculum

Graduate Student Core Preceptorship

A highly select group of advanced graduate students is integral to the teaching of Core Curriculum courses. Responsible for their own sections of the course, preceptors are trained through a rigorous pedagogy seminar that meets weekly. 


Eligibility: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students in the humanities and social sciences who will have completed the M.Phil. and defended their dissertation prospectus by May 2021 are invited to apply for Core Curriculum Preceptorships in Literature Humanities and Contemporary Civilization.

• Students are not eligible to apply for Core Preceptorships before their 4 th year of GSAS registration.
• Students applying in their 4 th year of GSAS registration will be considered if they have the specific approval of their departments. However, after one year of teaching in the Core, such students will be expected to complete a year of dissertation writing before being eligible for reappointment to a second year of Core teaching.
•Students currently in their 5 th year of GSAS registration may apply to be Core Preceptors for their 6 th year, and after successful completion of that year, are eligible for reappointment for their 7 th year.
•Students currently in their 6 th year may apply to be Core Preceptors for their 7 th year only.
•Students currently in their 7 th year or beyond are not eligible.


Application consists of submission by the applicant of:

1) COVER LETTER: Your cover letter must contain the following information:

  • year of registration in GSAS in 2020-2021;
  • date your M.Phil. was received or is expected;
  • the title of your dissertation and the name(s) of your dissertation sponsor(s);
  • a phone number and email address where you may be reached during the winter break;
  • the name of one referee (preferably someone who can write about your teaching experience); and
  • if you are applying to teach both Contemporary Civilization and Literature Humanities, your order of preference.

In addition, your letter should indicate why you are interested in teaching Contemporary Civilization or Literature Humanities, demonstrate familiarity with the intellectual goals and pedagogical practices of the Core Curriculum, and describe your approach to teaching generally.

2) TEACHING STATEMENT: This is not a teaching philosophy. Instead, please discuss in 500 words or less how you would teach a passage from one text on the Contemporary Civilization or Literature Humanities syllabus. Questions that you may wish to address in your statement include what your objectives for the lesson will be, what kind of context you will provide for the work, how you will structure the discussion, and what supplemental materials you might use. If you are applying to teach both Contemporary Civilization and Literature Humanities, please choose a text from the course that is your first choice.

3) CURRICULUM VITAE: In addition to your education and relevant work experience, your CV should list any awards, fellowships, credentials, relevant skills, workshops, trainings, and conference presentations.

4) STUDENT COURSE EVALUATIONS: If you have taught previously, please submit student course evaluations. Your student course evaluations must be complete and unaltered, and should include student comments as well as statistical summaries. If you have evaluations from multiple semesters, please organize them so that the most recent appear first.


Please submit your application materials through the following link:

Alternatively, you may submit the materials, in the order listed above and combined as one PDF document, to Lidibeth Inoa at

**Please Note: If you intend to apply to both courses, you must submit the application twice for each individual course.