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Faculty Information & Job Description

What It Is

The Governor’s Scholars Program is an intensive five-week academic program for outstanding Kentucky students who will complete their junior year in high school by this summer.  The program has received much attention since its first session in 1983.  It does not have a permanent faculty, so an open application process is conducted each year.  It is free of charge to the students.

When and Where

The 2017 Program will be held on three university campuses: First session from June 18 to July 22; Second session from June 24 to July 28; and Third session from June 25 to July 29.  The respective campuses will be determined at a later date.  Faculty members will report to their assigned campus one week prior to the opening of the session.  They will also be expected to spend an expense-paid weekend at a spring workshop to exchange ideas and develop curriculum.  For your information, in 2017, the campuses will be Morehead State University, Murray State University, and Northern Kentucky University.

There will be 20 faculty members for approximately 350 Scholars at each campus, plus residential counselors and additional staff.  Faculty will be selected from Kentucky’s public and private high schools, as well as colleges and universities.


The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program seeks applications from gifted and creative teachers, well-versed in their subjects and with a broad range of interests and experiences.  Faculty members will expand the intellectual horizons of the Governor’s Scholars by providing leadership in integrating subject matter in the humanities, the sciences and arts.  Teachers must be willing and able to use non-traditional and participatory methods, with little or no lecturing.  They must relate well and communicate effectively with bright students of high school age.  They should be enthusiastic and flexible enough to keep pace with this intensive, ever-changing program.

Some teachers find that they change their plans and direction for their course a week into the session.  Emphasis will be placed on the conceptual, historical, and philosophical foundations of learning and the interdisciplinary approach to teaching.  Teachers will help students examine their roles as young Kentuckians with outstanding potential, and are also expected to participate fully in a living-learning/working situation which will require long hours, including evenings and weekends.


Faculty members teach about 20 hours a week and are expected to participate in all facets of the Governor’s Scholars Program, including interacting with students in formal and informal situations.

Each faculty member will teach a “focus area” (or “major”) to no more than twenty students.  This class meets for a minimum of twelve hours each week.  The students selected for this class have requested the subject matter.  The faculty member will design the course to encourage hands-on participation.  There are no grades or academic credit for any of the courses.  Subjects include Agribusiness & Biotechnology; Architectural Design; Astronomy; Biological & Environmental Issues; Business, Accounting & Entrepreneurship; Chinese Language & Culture; Communication & Social Theory; Creative Writing & Literary Studies; Cultural Anthropology; Dramatic Expression; Engineering; Film Studies; Forensic Science; Health Care Industry; Historical Analyses; International Relations; Journalism & Mass Media; Modes of Mathematical Thinking; Music Theory & Performance; Philosophy; Physical Science; Political & Legal Issues; Psychology & Behavioral Studies; Spanish Language & Culture; and Visual Arts.

Each faculty member will also teach a broad-based course called General Studies for about eight hours each week.  They are assigned to this leadership class in order to facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge.  There may be a service-learning component attached to this course.  Community projects that involve individuals and/or institutions outside of the GSP as partners are encouraged.

In addition to the two classes, faculty co-lead Seminar sessions for discussion of teen related issues.  The students in this Seminar will be the same as those in the General Studies course.

Conditions and Compensation

Most faculty members will live in apartments or dormitories on campus for the six weeks of employment.  Exceptions could be made for those who live year-round in the city where the campus is located.  At each location, housing is expected to be available for families who wish to accompany faculty members.  Compensation for the 2017 session was 5,800 plus free room and board on the campus to which the faculty member is assigned.