Professional Development Teaching Fellows Program

During its month-long student summer session, Spoleto Study Abroad offers a Teaching Fellows Program to our consortium-school faculty members who have been teaching in their respective schools for three years or less. Those selected will run the residential life program while receiving training in collaborative, experienced-based instruction in the stimulating natural setting of a medieval hill town, Spoleto, Italy. Though the Summer Session is offered to students who are interested in the arts and humanities, teachers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Strong candidates are those who are interested in exploring instructional strategies that are applicable across disciplines and to any school setting.

Program Objectives

  • To foster deeper cultural awareness among students in the program through systematic exposure to the local setting and its inhabitants and through a series of day--trips to towns and cities of cultural, historical, and artistic significance.

  • To explore the use of a local setting in teaching-based, self-directed learning.

  • To explore the use of a local setting for cross-disciplinary projects without the aid of a textbook or other conventional teaching materials.

  • To develop an instructional model based on the concept of the “town as text” which could be adapted to one’s own consortium--school setting.

Teaching Fellow Responsibilities

  • Teaching Fellows will participate in all aspects of the program.

  • All Fellows will be responsible for the residential life of participants. This includes, but is not limited to, advising the students and enforcing the rules, facilitating activities and travel, and communicating with parents.

  • Each Fellow will work with a faculty member with whom they will collaborate for the duration of the program.

  • Each Fellow will observe classes in a variety of subject areas: Photography, Arts and Ideas, Fine Art, Creative Writing, Art and Architecture, Vocal/Instrumental Music, History of Opera, Film

  • All Fellows will meet as a group twice a week with a designated faculty member who will facilitate a cross-disciplinary instructional model to be shared with one’s home school upon return to the U.S.


Each Teaching Fellow will be provided round-trip transportation to Spoleto, Italy, (per diem) housing, and all meals.

To Apply

Interested faculty should write an essay, no longer than two pages, explaining why they are interested in this opportunity. Please enclose a current resume as well as a brief description of what you are currently teaching at your school.

Please submit two letters of recommendation. One should be from your current Head of School or Dean of Faculty, and the other should be someone who knows you well.

Please submit materials no later than March 1, 2019. The selection of Teaching Fellow Summer Session 2019 will be completed by the beginning of April.


Kim Swisher