Summer Science & Engineering Program Instructor

Smith College
Smith College

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Job Description


Teach a course for the Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program for high schoolers (SSEP). Create an academically rigorous 2-week course for students entering 9th-12th grade. Provide training and oversight for an undergraduate Classroom Assistant.

This position is temporary and non-benefitted. Salary is a $6500 stipend.


Prior to the program:

  • Design a course that is compelling and at the appropriate level for high school students seeking a college-level course and makes use of Smith resources (laboratory facilities, library, Plant House, etc.).

  • Generate a course description, biography, and photo for the website and other marketing.

  • Provide and maintain a budget for course materials.

  • Lead a Classroom Assistant in approximately 25 hours of academic training from June 27-July 1.

  • Participate in faculty orientation and training (3 meetings).

  • Complete all pre-orientation training and paperwork, including training to engage with minors and other paperwork related to working with students under 18.

During the program:

  • Teach one course (16 students; 2 weeks; Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm).

  • Positions teach either Session1 (July 11-23) or Session 2 (July 25-August 6).

  • Use clear, ongoing communication and collaboration with the Classroom Assistant.

  • Maintain a safe and inclusive classroom, keeping equity at the forefront of the pedagogy.

  • Communicate with senior staff about any student classroom concerns.

  • Drive campus vehicles for program field trips, when applicable.

  • Attend the final presentation on the last Friday and Saturday of the session.

After the program:

  • Write recommendations for each student in the class.


Education/Experience: Master’s degree in the course’s field and 5+ years of experience teaching high school or college-level classes.

Hiring is contingent on completion of the following pre-program requirements in a timely manner.

  • CORI/SORI criminal check

  • Online child safety training

  • Health profile and required immunizations (all health information is kept confidential)

All applicants will be considered, with priority given to teachers of physical sciences, computer science, and engineering.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

Position Type:

Fixed Term

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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