Visiting Instructor / On-site Program Coordinator

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Community Education Project (CEP)

Position: Visiting Instructor / On-site Program Coordinator                          


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline) from an accredited four-year college or university. PhD in a related field is preferred, but not required.
  • 2+ years of working with higher education-in-prison programs or an equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Exceptional professionalism and communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and conduct effective individual and group presentations.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and supervisory skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse stakeholders, particularly students of color and members of professional academic communities with varied goals.
  • Must be able to work independently and take initiative.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Google products, including Google Drive.
  • Reliable access to transportation.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain clearance at the prisons. Given the job responsibilities, the person hired to the position must complete background and driving record checks. Please note that this position includes weekly on-site coordination and office hours, to include some evenings.
  • Formerly incarcerated people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching college-level courses.
  • Experience with student services.
  • Experience working in the correctional system.
  • Written and oral proficiency in Spanish.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Educational Program Delivery: The PC teaches one college-level course in their discipline and area of expertise per academic year to approximately 20 CEP students. The PC manages educational resources and services at Tomoka CI, including the resource room and computer lab. The PC also coordinates and leads academic events when needed (e.g., informational workshops for prospective CEP students). 
  • Communication with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC): As the CEP liaison with FDOC, the PC coordinates and manages all FDOC logistics related to program delivery; attends the meetings with FDOC as needed; and establishes and maintains effective working relationship with FDOC staff and administration to further the mission of the program. To fulfill this role, the PC must maintain office hours at Tomoka CI on a weekly basis.
  • Communication with CEP leadership team: The PC attends regular staff meetings with the CEP leadership team at Stetson University to discuss the needs of the program, developments at Tomoka CI, including communications from the correctional staff and administration, and student needs and concerns. The PC also strategizes along with the CEP team with regard to the future of the program, including grant opportunities, and curriculum planning and delivery.
  • Management of CEP volunteers and guests: The PC is responsible for obtaining clearances for all CEP volunteers and guests and clearing course materials as needed for classes or guest lectures. The PC works with the CEP leadership team to recruit volunteers, organize teacher trainings at Stetson University, and support areas of program need (including developing academic schedules and identifying needed curriculum changes). The PC also provides on-site support for volunteers and guests by regularly attending classes, guest lectures, and workshops and ensuring that volunteers and guests have the necessary materials for these events.
  • Student enrollment and records: The PC maintains all student records, facilitates the enrollment at Stetson University of all incarcerated students who qualify for the program based on University and CEP criteria, and assists students in understanding the process of applying to the program. The PC also keeps a record of waitlisted and interested students; statistical data on applications, admissions, retention, and student completion of for-credit courses; and student requests.

The Department:

Community Education Project (CEP) is a not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary, higher education-in-prison program at Stetson University. CEP is committed to offering quality liberal arts education to students incarcerated at Tomoka Correctional Institution (Tomoka CI) in Daytona Beach, Florida, a maximum-security men’s prison. Since its founding in 2015, the CEP mission has included expanding access to higher education in prisons; providing incarcerated students with meaningful opportunities for personal growth and greater sense of self-worth through rigorous engagement with a liberal arts curriculum; and fostering positive impacts on incarcerated people, our university, and the communities from which the men come. Currently, CEP serves approximately 20 students each semester and coordinates the work of approximately 10 volunteers and 12 guest instructors each year.

We are seeking a dynamic person for a part-time position of On-Site Program Coordinator (PC) who would both 1) manage the day-to-day operation of the program inside the prison,  2) teach in the academic program, and 3) work with the CEP leadership team to provide educational opportunities to incarcerated students with highly diverse academic backgrounds and learning styles. The CEP Leadership Team consists of four Stetson faculty members, each in different disciplines, working together in a horizontal leadership structure. The role of PC also includes providing direct support to and supervision of CEP students and volunteers inside the prison as well as communicating in a productive manner with correctional staff and administrators, program visitors, and others. The ideal candidate for this position has strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills as well as applicable experience working in education with (formerly) incarcerated populations. This person should also be capable of managing both programmatic and administrative responsibilities independently and efficiently.

The University: 

Founded in 1883, Stetson University ( is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with nearly 4,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,000 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1954, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the main campus and at Stetson University Center in Celebration include Business, Accounting, Elementary Education – Education for Social Justice, Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Creative Writing.  Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.

The Community:

DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 32,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.


  • $18-22/hr (up to 29 hours per week) commensurate with experience
  • Please be aware that funding for this position is awarded through a Grant/Contract over a specified period (AYs 2018-2021). Employment for this position throughout this period is contingent upon satisfactory performance, and for dates beyond current Grant/Contract funding is contingent upon continued funding.

Starting Date: 

  • Planned start date: August 1, 2018
  • It would be helpful for the candidate to have availability on July 27, 2018 for mandatory volunteer training for future volunteers who do not already have the clearance to enter the prison issued by FDOC.


  • Submit one-page cover letter, official transcripts, and resume/CV to [email protected]
  • Reviewing of applicants for this position will occur immediately and on a rolling basis. The job will remain posted until filled.

Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.




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Posted: 7/10/2018
Application Due: 8/23/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Commensurate with experience