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Teaching Fellow Posted Dec 27, 2019
Chewonki Foundation , Wiscasset, ME (Mid-coast region)
Maine Coast Semester School at Chewonki is seeking growth-minded candidates for its Teaching Fellow Program. Candidates should have a high level of interest in place-based, experiential teaching practices targeted at the high school level. Successful fellowship candidates frequently have at least one year of work experience following college graduation.

Fellows are expected to report for work no later than August 19, 2020 and continue through June 4, 2021. This is a two-year position and renews August 2021 – June 2022. Fellows are required to live on-campus in shared housing with other fellows or staff.

Position Title: Teaching Fellow
Employment Category: Category E
Permanent/Temporary: One academic year, renewable for a second year
Reports to: Head of Semester School and Dean of Academics
Exempt/Non-exempt: Exempt
Schedule (hours and weeks): Full time, academic year
Benefits Eligible: Yes


The ideal teaching fellow shares the values expressed in Chewonki’s Mission(link is external), is intellectually curious, believes in the principles of lifelong learning, is an agile problem solver, can integrate feedback into their practice, and is growth-oriented, highly collaborative, and appropriately self-directed. Furthermore, it is essential that teaching fellows have a deep interest in working closely with teenagers and are committed to working on a team that is dedicated to collaboration as they guide, lead, and support the ongoing success of Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki.

The teaching fellow program provides an introduction to working at the intersection of place-based and experiential education in an independent residential school setting. Fellows work across the school’s programming, which includes rigorous academic classes, outdoor skill development, and residential life. Fellows observe and assist lead teachers while also holding primary areas of responsibility based on their skills and qualifications. Although the teaching fellowship is not a teacher-training program, there is an explicit mentorship structure that provides an introduction to practice, provided by the dean of academics and supported by the Maine Coast Semester faculty. Fellows are eligible for professional development grants in the second year of their program.

The residential nature of the semester school demands that each fellow serves on a weeknight and weekend duty team that is responsible for supervising students and leading activities. Additionally, each fellow acts as a co-cabin parent who supports a cabin of 6-8 students and advisor to 3-4 students.


Please visit the Chewonki Employment Opportunities page for a complete position description and application instructions ( Review of applications will begin immediately. The deadline for submission is January 13, 2020.

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