While Residential College Seminar instructors typically hold a terminal post-baccalaureate degree (e.g., PhD, JD, MFA, MD, or the equivalent) and generally have experience teaching at the college or university level, exceptions are occasionally made in the case of:
- Writers, artists, business executives, entrepreneurs, and others distinguished in their chosen fields who have five or more years of professional experience
- Advanced Yale graduate students actively pursuing a terminal degree and in the final year of a graduate career
Graduate students from institutions other than Yale are not eligible to apply.
Instructors are not permitted to teach in consecutive terms.
An applicant may not propose more than one course per term.
If not applying for the first time, an applicant must repeat the entire application and selection process.
Prospective instructors not currently affiliated with Yale are advised to visit the Faculty page for general information on teaching in Yale College.
- Application to Teach a Residential College Seminar
- Applicant resume or CV. A brief biographical summary is not acceptable. A CV is not required for Yale College faculty or emeritus faculty.
- Week-by-week syllabus. The syllabus should begin with a one-page course description including:
- a list of the major assignments
- a breakdown by percentage of a student’s grade
- a list of topics that will be discussed each week and required readings (with numbers of pages specified) for thirteen, two-hour class sessions
- due dates for all assignments
- For returning instructors - include any changes to your syllabus, if any
Use the Yale College Academic Calendar for reference. Note that all assignments are due by the end of exams. It may not possible to have a completely finalized syllabus months in advance, but the tentative syllabus should be as thorough and as accurate as possible.
See the following syllabus as an example: Example Syllabus (DOC).
Note: Almost all classrooms at Yale are equipped with up-to-date audio/visual equipment, but if you have specific teaching resource needs, include this information with your application. Limited funds are available for pedagogical needs. (Regrettably, no travel funds can be provided to the instructor or guest speakers.)
- Additional form for Yale graduate students.
- Letters of recommendation. The deadline for receipts of these letters is three weeks after the proposal due date. At least one of the letters should address the teaching ability or potential of the applicant. Letters remain on file for three years, so instructors who have taught within the last three years do not need to request letters of recommendation.
- Supplementary letters:
- For a member of the Yale University faculty: letter from the Chair or Dean approving release time within 3 weeks of the application deadline.
- For a faculty member of another educational institution: letter from the applicant’s Chair or Dean approving teaching within 3 weeks of the application deadline.
- For a full-time Yale M&P Employee: letter from the employee’s supervisor approving release time within 3 weeks of the application deadline.
- For a student in one of Yale’s graduate schools: confirmation from the DGS that the candidate is ABD, and approval from the candidate’s dissertation advisor granting permission to teach a college seminar within three weeks of the application deadline. Please see above.
- For a student in one of Yale’s professional schools: a letter from the Registrar or Dean confirming student’s registration in final year of the program within three weeks of the application deadline.
- For a postdoctoral applicant: documented permission from their PI. The eligibility requirements are described on the Policy page of the Postdoctoral Affairs website.