Hilda Mason Teaching Fellowships

The Honorable Hilda Mason (1916-2007) was a teacher, civil rights activist, city council member, and a prominent leader in Washington, DC. She was a member of All Soul Unitarian Church. Hilda Mason was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry, and was a former trustee of the school. For more information on this important leader: https://www.sksm.edu/resources/student-handbook/financial-aid/hilda-mason-teaching-fellows/


Hilda Mason Teaching Fellowships for Community Teaching

Awarded to selected Starr King degree students who have submitted a proposal to teach in a community setting or congregation, applying their theological studies to education for wholeness and liberation for any age group or population. Course to be designed and offered by the student in connection with a sponsoring organization/site and with faculty supervision.


Hilda Mason Teaching Fellowship for Faculty-Student Collaborative Teaching

Awarded to selected Starr King degree students who have submitted a proposal in collaboration with a Starr King Core or Regular Adjunct Faculty member, for a course to be developed and taught by the student and faculty member in collaboration. Such courses will be offered as part of Starr King’s curriculum and through the GTU cross registration system. May be for 1.5 or 3 units; taught in intensive, online, immersion, or residential format.


Hilda Mason Teaching Fellowship for Student-Taught Courses

Awarded to selected Starr King degree students who have submitted a proposal to teach a course that will be offered as part of Starr King’s curriculum and through the GTU cross registration system. May be for 1.5 or 3 units; taught in intensive, online, immersion, or residential format.


Applying for a Hilda Mason Teaching Fellowship

We suggest that students interested in applying start working on a proposal with their advisor in the Spring in order to meet the Curriculum Committee September deadline.

Applicants will have to submit the following items:

  • Course title/description
  • Outline of syllabus
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Context/setting of the proposed course
  • Course timeframe


Call for Proposals for the 2016-17 Hilda Mason Fellowship

All applications will have to be submitted via email to the Assistant to the Dean of Faculty by Midnight, Monday, September 26, 2016.

MASC students completing the program in two years can apply in their second year and teach the course after graduation.


Criteria for Assessing Proposals for a Hilda Mason Teaching Fellowship

In reviewing proposals for a teaching fellowship award, the Curriculum Committee will assess the student’s qualifications and preparation for teaching the course, the appropriateness of the pedagogy and the course design for the setting in which it will be offered (community, congregation, or graduate level teaching), the suitability of the course in terms of Starr King’s educational values and commitments, and the significance of the teaching opportunity for the student’s preparation for their vocational goals. It is expected that teaching fellowships will in some way advance the integration of the student’s theological program of study with their past experience and skill. Proposals that simply repeat a course or topic of instruction that the student has already had expert professional experience with generally will not meet this criteria. Proposals will not be assessed in terms of their helpfulness in filling ―slots in the school’s ongoing curriculum—but if they duplicate topics that might otherwise be covered by hiring an adjunct faculty member, the Curriculum Committee may take this into account in deciding not to hire an adjunct.

Submission of a proposal for a teaching fellowship does not guarantee acceptance. The Curriculum Committee will make judgments based not only on the quality of the proposal, but also based on the financial resources available in a given year for providing a fellowship, and on the overall number of courses it feels can be successfully offered.


Hilda Mason Teaching Fellowship Award Letters

Students whose proposals are selected by the Curriculum Committee will be granted a “Hilda Mason Teaching Fellowship” by the School, and will be notified of the fellowship and its amount by a letter from the Curriculum Committee. Copies of the Fellowship Award letter will be sent to the Finance Director and the Registrar’s Office. Fellowships will be funded by the Hilda Mason Endowed Scholarship Fund, on which a draw of 5% of the 13 quarter average will be taken annually.

The amount of the Hilda Mason Teaching Fellowship will be determined annually by the Curriculum Committee. Initially, the Fellowships will be for $1500 for a 3-unit course. It is expected that the Fellowships will at no time exceed the amount that Adjunct Faculty receive for teaching a 3-unit course.

The Hilda Mason Teaching Fellowships will be administered in the same way that other scholarship and financial aid grants are administered: through the Office of Student Accounts in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office as a reduction on the student’s tuition account. If the Teaching Fellow has already paid all of their tuition, the Fellowship will be awarded as a check from the school to the student during the semester that the student is scheduled to teach.


Mentoring and Supervision of Teaching Fellows

Each Hilda Mason Teaching Fellow will be mentored and supervised by a member of Starr King’s faculty. The faculty member may work with the student in the study and preparation that leads up to the course proposal. During the semester when the course is offered, the mentor/supervisor will meet occasionally with the student to reflect on their experience in teaching the class, and will offer feedback, guidance, and evaluation on the student’s teaching. At the end of the semester, the mentor/supervisor will provide the registrar with an evaluation of the student’s teaching to be included in their student file. Hilda Mason Teaching Fellows will receive 3-units of course credit for teaching a 3-unit course, and may also receive credit (with the approval of the mentor/supervisor) for the preparation of the course.


Cancellation of the Course

If a Teaching Fellowship course is cancelled because of no enrollment, the Hilda Mason Teaching Fellowship will not be cancelled. The student will be encouraged to offer the course in another venue, if possible, or at another time.