Apply Now: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Thomas Jefferson Center at the University of Texas-Austin

Apply Now: Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Thomas Jefferson Center, University of Texas at Austin


The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas invites applications for a postdoctoral teaching fellowship focused around teaching and scholarship on the great books, and specifically those great books addressing the history of political philosophy, the American constitutional tradition, and the Bible and its interpreters.

The postdoctoral fellow will teach two courses, pursue an independent research agenda while benefiting from the center’s community of scholars, and participate in the life of the center, including attending symposia and student-centered events throughout the academic year. Recipients must have a Ph.D. received no more than three years prior to the start date and may not hold a tenured position elsewhere.

Appointment will be for one calendar year (August 20, 2023 – August 19, 2024), possibly renewable for a second year, and will include, in addition to a stipend of $54,000 plus benefits, $1,500 in research support.


  1. a Ph.D. received no more than three years prior to the start date;
  2. and experience in undergraduate teaching

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit:

  1. a curriculum vitae;
  2. a cover letter outlining research interests and plans;
  3. a statement of interest and experience in teaching the great books in a multi-disciplinary setting;
  4. evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching;
  5. a writing sample giving evidence of scholarship;
  6. and three letters of reference, including writers’ contact information, emailed to Taren Alexander at

Please address any questions to:

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The application deadline is April 30, 2023.



From the program

The aim of the Thomas Jefferson Center is to realize Jefferson’s vision of educating citizens and leaders to understand the meaning of liberty and to exercise it wisely. We share Jefferson’s conviction that one of the best ways to attain a liberal education–an education suited for a free individual in a free society–is through a serious study of the great books. In our courses, students will engage in a direct, respectful, but probing and critical study of major creative and theoretical works that have shaped human thought and history. They will enter into debates about human nature, ethics, and the meaning of life. They will learn skills of critical reasoning, close reading, and clear, cogent writing. They will join a community of scholars drawn from many departments and many schools of thought, united by a passion for fundamental questions, a spirit of friendly debate, and a willingness to engage in critical self-scrutiny.

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