To support CTY International’s cooperative program in the United Arab Emirates, by teaching high ability, pre-university students in an out-of-school time academic program.
This is an opportunity to participate in an innovative program that provides an academically enriching experience to students in a virtual environment with both synchronous and asynchronous components. Instructors’ primary responsibilities are to plan and conduct their classes (including pedagogical experiences for students outside of the virtual learning classroom) within CTY’s guidelines, to monitor the progress of each of their students, and to collaborate with the local Sponsor’s teaching assistants.
The courses will be for students in grades 4 – 11 in: biology, engineering, geography/international relations, math, and science.
This position is not benefits eligible and multiple positions are available.
This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
- Instructors are directly supervised by the CTY program manager. Each instructor will be assigned an instructional assistant to support them by the local Sponsor.
- Instructors are responsible for teaching an appropriately challenging and rigorous course(s) to approximately 20-30 highly able students divided into two concurrent sections of the same course.
Prior to Teaching Your First Class:
- Carefully read all training materials. Review the job responsibilities of your teaching assistant. Familiarize yourself with any other program materials provided to you so that you are aware of the overall structure of the Sponsor’ summer program and the rules and regulations for its students and staff. If any conflicts exist, please discuss with your CTY program manager.
- Carefully read any materials provided for your course, the teaching website and any additional resources.
- Complete any required pre-summer training, including any online training courses
- Familiarize yourself with course text(s) and any other instructional course materials. Contact the program manager to discuss text(s) and to order as appropriate.
- Submit a preliminary syllabus to your program manager by the provided deadline.
- Prepare and submit an appropriate pre- and post-assessment for your course by June 1. (See any additional support materials provided for your course for details.)
- Contact the appropriate book publisher to secure a desk copy of your course text(s). Submit your supply order via the online ordering system in Moodle by provided deadline.
- Familiarize yourself with your course text(s) and any other instructional course materials. Contact your program manager if you have questions about structuring your course.
- Plan synchronous and asynchronous learning activities for students.
- Meet with your CTY International program manager if you have questions about structuring your course.
- Meet with your instructional assistants in advance of the program to review your course syllabus and to prepare for student instruction
- Acclimate yourself to all systems and/or tools used to facilitate virtual instruction including but not limited to Moodle, Zoom, One Drive, etc.
Beginning through End of Virtual Instruction:
- Monitor student progress and assist students in accomplishing established learning objectives.
- Interact independently with students using distance education technologies, primarily Moodle, Zoom and e-mail.
- Provide timely feedback and encouragement to students and the Sponsor on coursework and progress.
- Manage student behavior and discipline in the online classroom working with the program manager as appropriate.
- Communicate with students, IT, and program manager to resolve any course related issues.
- Suggest improvements to course design and contents.
- Take steps to educate students about, and to minimize opportunities for, cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty. On the first day, have students sign the CTY Honor Code or similar document required by the Sponsor’s summer programs and review the CTY Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism document with them.
- Schedule time as necessary for individual conferences with students. (These conferences may take place throughout the day.)
- Attend all meetings called by the program manager.
- Guide your teaching assistants. The teaching assistants are provided by the Sponsor and their roles will depend upon their background and experiences. Ensure that they have an appropriate workload.
- Offer your teaching assistants the opportunity to participate in lesson design and develop pedagogical skills.
- Assign class work according to guidelines discussed in the training materials and meetings.
- Return assignments with appropriate comments to the students within one or two days. By regularly consulting with your teaching assistants and monitoring student progress, ensure that the amount and type of assignments for your students are appropriately challenging. If students take significantly more or less time to complete their work than you planned, those students’ assignments should be adjusted accordingly.
- Keep detailed and accurate records of your students’ performance, including class participation, quiz or test work, skills mastered, insightful questions or comments, and strengths or weaknesses. Keep these records on file for one year so that they may be submitted to the program manager in the event of a question or concern.
- Advise the program manager of any disciplinary, emotional, or academic problem a student may be having as soon as you are aware of the problem. Complete and submit program-specific documentation, and handle such issues according to the protocol established by the Sponsor.
- Assist in ensuring the health and safety of all students by following safety protocols covered in orientation and written materials as requested by the Sponsor’s project manager.
- Administer and process pre- and post-assessments at the beginning and end of the course. Submit an electronic copy of your pre- and post-assessment and students’ scores to the CTY program manager.
- Cooperate with occasional virtual observers of your class (administrators or approved visitors to the program). Every effort will be made to advise you of visitors beforehand and to keep observations from disrupting your sessions.
- Abide by CTY’s research policy and any policy put forward by the Sponsor.
- Schedule time for students to complete program and course evaluations and any other questionnaires approved by the Sponsor.
- Complete Likert-scale evaluations of your students’ academic performance alongside targeted observations according to the guidelines provided by your program manager.
- Submit to the CTY program manager an electronic version of a final course syllabus that follows CTY guidelines and reflects what you actually covered during the course. The syllabus should be sufficiently detailed for outside audiences (such as school administrators) to understand the scope and level of the course.
After the Completion of the Virtual Course:
Be available throughout the academic year for discussion of the program or of particular students. Occasionally, instances arise in which the CTY program manager needs further details of a student’s work or of conversations (if any) with a student’s parents. Furthermore, CTY staff may wish to discuss the course you taught as they plan for future sessions. Be sure that the program manager has an address, telephone number, and email address where you can be reached during the upcoming academic year.
- Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university is required;
- At least two years of related experience is required, such as instruction or tutoring of adolescent students. Additional (graduate) education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
- Master’s degree is preferred.
Required Special Skills and Knowledge:
- Advanced knowledge of course(s) and exam content for applicable grades
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Positive, proactive, and professional written and spoken communication skills using various technology is critical.
- Must be very student-oriented.
- Ability to prepare lesson plans and audio-visual aids per the agreed-upon course syllabus.
- Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
- Experience working in CTY Summer Programs is preferred
- Demonstrated leadership and organizational skills
- Maturity, responsibility, and creativity
Physical Requirements for the Job:
- Ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.
- Dexterity of hands to operate a computer keyboard, mouse pad and other office machinery.
- The incumbent will be required to communicate regularly face to face with internal and external customers and must be able to exchange accurate and timely information in these settings.
- Position also requires a degree of mobility common to working in an office environment; bending, kneeling or standing during events and presentations may be required.
- Must provide own laptop computer for use.
- Must have access to broadband internet.
- Candidate must be authorized to work in the US, and must either live in the US or another area in which JHU has a business entity.
- All applicants must be eligible for employment in the US without sponsorship.
- The successful candidates for this position are subject to a pre-employment background check.
- All employees participating in or serving children in University programs must participate in mandatory Child Abuse Prevention online training on the appropriate conduct around children, protecting children from abuse and neglect, and reporting of known or suspected child abuse and neglect.
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