Wilcox Fellows Program
A Program to Increase Faculty Diversity at Independent Schools
The goal of the Wilcox Fellows program at Concord Academy is to identify and nourish teaching talent among groups underrepresented on independent school faculties. Working closely with a mentor teacher who has been granted substantial release time to provide ongoing guidance and support, Wilcox Fellows typically teach two classes each semester, which is half a normal full-time load. They also informally advise students and serve on faculty committees. Wilcox Fellows participate in regular meetings of teachers new to the school to discuss issues of teaching and learning.
The Wilcox Fellowship has been an amazing opportunity to learn the art of teaching. I have been assigned my own classes where I enjoy the autonomy and responsibility of a full teacher while also receiving excellent support from my mentor. My mentor observes my classes and gives me extremely helpful feedback.—Nicole Darling,
Wilcox Fellow in Visual Arts
CA is such an inclusive, diverse, and supportive independent school. The first time I stepped on campus as a Wilcox Fellow, I truly felt the warm invitation to be an integral and active member of the community from the staff, faculty, and students. It has been a delight to be part of a team that continually strives to hold true to the school’s mission and philosophy.—Minh Dinh ’04,
Wilcox Fellow in Admissions
The Wilcox Fellowship has been incredibly influential in affording me a strong home base for the past two years. The program is directly responsible for putting me in contact with two remarkably talented, experienced, knowledgeable dance professionals who serve as wonderful sources of information and inspiration, and simultaneously allowed me an amount of freedom and flexibility vital to my exploration and growth as they pertain to my career path.—Dana Fitchett,
Wilcox Fellow in Performing Arts
I couldn't imagine a better start to my teaching career than being a Wilcox Fellow. The mentors I had were invaluable to my start and growth as a teacher. It made such a big difference that they were released from one of their own classes to sit in on mine and give me immediate feedback and guidance. They helped me navigate discipline issues, gave me ideas for lesson plans, and taught me how to shape a class discussion. I'm incredibly grateful to them.—Pat Udomprasert,
Wilcox Fellow in Science
The Wilcox Fellowship was a wonderful way for me to begin teaching. It provided the perfect combination of classroom experience and time to reflect on that experience, all while keeping the diversity work that I cherish central to the mission of the fellowship. It's a program that truly delivers on its goals, and I am so happy to have been a part of it.—Andrea Yañes-Taylor,
Wilcox Fellow in Science, Science Department Chair starting 2010-11
As a college senior, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn't know quite what that meant. How does one teach? What does teaching mean? The Wilcox Fellowship allowed me to explore the world of teaching—and teachers—with a manageable teaching load and with the valuable support of a mentor. This gave me the time to create lesson plans and then, most importantly, to reflect on what worked and what didn't. The Wilcox Fellows program allowed me to find some answers, and it allowed me to discover a path I love.—Paige Contreras-Gould,
Wilcox Fellow in English
How to Apply
Successful Wilcox Fellowship candidates will be able to work comfortably within CA's environment; they will also have a strong background in their disciplines, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrable interest in working with students of high school age. Formal teacher training is not required.
The duration of the fellowship is one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second. Housing on campus may be available for Wilcox Fellows, as are coaching opportunities, but they are not mandatory. Coaching carries additional compensation.
All 2011-12 Wilcox Fellows have been selected. We welcome expressions of interest for a fellowship in 2012-13. Interested candidates should email or send a resume with a cover letter, transcript, a statement about the ways the candidate will contribute to the diversity of the Concord Academy faculty, and the names and telephone numbers of three references to:
Dean of Faculty
Concord Academy actively seeks applicants who reflect and support our mission-driven commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive school community.