Academic Year 2020-2021 Proctorship

Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning Proctorship in Academic Administration 

This proctorship offers doctoral students the opportunity to gain insights and experience in the interdisciplinary field of teaching and learning. There is a robust job market for work in centers for teaching and learning, but many centers look for some prior experience among applicants. This proctorship will allow a graduate student to explore what it means to have an educational development career and develop many of the key competencies desirable for teaching center positions including, but not limited to: interdisciplinary peer workshop development and facilitation skills, increased knowledge about the scholarship of higher education and teaching and learning (e.g., active and engaged learning, inclusive teaching practices); the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders across disciplines and units; the development of interpersonal capacities, including an increased ability to contribute to collaborative or team projects and act on feedback, and the development of research skills in the field, potentially resulting in a publication or presentation. 

Alternately, for graduate students interested in a career in a teaching-focused institution (liberal arts college or Primarily Undergraduate Institution), this position offers the opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to teaching and develop reflective responses to questions about their personal teaching practice.

The Sheridan Center welcomes applications from graduate students from a range of diverse backgrounds who are eager to collaborate with us on inclusive, evidence-based teaching and professional development.


The Sheridan Center will construct a portfolio that balances the needs of the center with the professional development interests of the proctor, but expected assignments include: development and facilitation of workshops for the graduate student community, support of in-department workshops on teaching and learning, and support of Sheridan programs and services. Proctors are expected to meet regularly with Senior Associate Director Jessica Metzler to discuss project responsibilities and receive feedback. Proctors are further expected to regularly and critically reflect on their experiences in the Center. In order to perform the proctorship successfully, applicants should demonstrate strong attention to detail, the ability to work collaboratively on a multidisciplinary team and meet deadlines, and have some familiarity with the literature on inclusive, evidence-based teaching and learning (e.g., have participated in Sheridan or departmental pedagogy-focused programs or training). Proctors are expected to devote 15-18 hours/week on average to this position.


  • Doctoral students in any discipline who will be in their 5th or 6th year in 2020-21
  • Postsecondary teaching experience as a TA or instructor of record (at Brown or elsewhere) is required
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed the Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I)
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have experience interacting with one of Sheridan's key areas of work with graduate students—teaching and professional development, English language support, or the Writing Center

Funding and Award

Departmental proctors generally receive full tuition or a tuition scholarship, health insurance, the health services fee, and a stipend; the specific financial terms of these awards will be determined at the time of the appointment.

Application Process

By May 1st, applicants should submit the following to [email protected]:

  • CV and cover letter documenting their interest in the position, availability between August 2020 and May 2021, and experience with inclusive, evidence-based teaching and learning (at Sheridan and/or in their home department). These documents should be combined as one Word or .pdf document.
  • A short message of support from the applicant’s Director of Graduate Studies. 
  • Finalists will be asked to participate in a short interview, which will allow time for applicants to ask questions about the position.


Application deadline: May 1, 2020

Finalist interviews: Early to mid-May 2020 (Anticipated)

Selection notification: Anticipated by May 31, 2020