Teaching Policy

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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 and the program director. It will be approved only if the teaching opportunity appears to serve the fellow's career development.

The program may approve teaching commitments under the following circumstances:

  • 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;
  • The fellow is in a field where teaching is expected to be part of postdoctoral fellowship appointments;
  • The fellow has done little teaching and needs to add teaching experience in order to be competitive for tenure-track faculty appointments.

The program will not approve teaching responsibilities that will interfere with the time fellows need to devote to their research. The program would not look favorably at a request to teach a large introductory class or a request from a fellow with significant prior teaching experience. Teaching at another institution is prohibited and may result in the loss of fellowship support.

All requests to teach must be submitted for approval to the faculty mentor and then to the fellowship program office for approval. Requests to the program office may be made by email (ADV-Michigan-Postdoc@umich.edu).

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