Farmer UPenn Teaching Fellowship

Faculty / Full-Time

St. Mark’s School, Southborough, MA

The Farmer UPenn Teaching Fellowship at St. Mark’s School

St Mark’s School seeks innovative and dynamic candidates to fill two Teaching Fellowship positions starting in June 2024. Farmer UPenn Fellows commit to teach and participate fully in life at St. Mark’s for two years while working toward a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Fellows work closely with a mentor teacher in their academic discipline to develop and revise curriculum, and they engage in regular cycles of observation and feedback. In addition, Fellows receive support from the Program Director, Department Head, and Dean of Faculty. Fellows also contribute to our vibrant boarding school community through coaching, advising, and residential and community life responsibilities.

Students in the Independent School Teaching Residency (ISTR) program belong to a collaborative cohort of teaching fellows from partner schools, attending several on-site sessions each year either at UPenn or other consortium schools. The blended on-site and online degree curriculum follows three strands during the two-year program: Teaching and Learning; History, Culture; and Social Contexts; and Reflective Practice. Applicants must meet the GPA requirements specified by the Penn GSE program to receive an offer from St. Mark’s School and gain admission into the ISTR program. More information can be found at the ISTR website.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Academic achievement in undergraduate major or teaching discipline
  • Enthusiasm for work with adolescent students in multiple contexts 
  • Outstanding task and time management skills with high attention to detail
  • Strong leadership, collaboration, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Proficiency with computer applications such as Google Suite including Docs, Slides, and Sheets


Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with residential communities and the needs of adolescents 
  • Success working with culturally diverse populations as well as a commitment to inclusive pedagogy
  • Commitment to continuous self-reflection and professional growth 

Things You’ll Love as a Farmer UPenn Teaching Fellow

  • Direct classroom teaching experience 
  • A collaborative and supportive mentor
  • Opportunities for professional growth
  • On-campus housing and full benefits
  • Financial support for tuition


  • Pay range is determined by the UPenn ISTR program for all schools in the cohort

St. Mark’s School

Southborough, MA
High School
Boarding, Day
All Gender