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Pre-College Instructor, Modern Biology & Its Real World Applications, Summer 2024

Columbia University School of Professional Studies
Grand Central, New York
Closing date
May 17, 2024

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Biological Anthropology
Full Time
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Columbia University's

Pre-College Programs
offer high-achieving high school students the opportunity to engage in exploratory coursework at the college level, studying alongside peers from around the world. This highly selective program is open to students entering grades 9-12 and freshman year of college.

Job Description

Columbia University's Pre-College Programs for High School Students is seeking qualified candidates to develop and teach on-campus (i.e., in person) courses during Summer '24.

Please Note: Course(s) and course availability is subject to change. Dates and class times are tentative and subject to change.

  • Summer A: June 24th - July 12th [no class on July 4th]
  • Summer B: July 16th - August 2nd

Class Times:
  • 9:10am-11:00am & 1:10-3:00pm EST

Course description:

The field of biology has expanded rapidly over the past fifty years. New discoveries are happening almost every day. In this course we explore the basic elements of molecular biology, genetics, and evolution and how these sciences affect modern medicine, agriculture, and ecology.

The course begins with a full description of the structure, function, and synthesis of DNA, RNA, and proteins. Students then apply this information to a wide range of topics such as modern biological research techniques, data interpretation, genetic engineering, immunology, cancer, and virology.

The course also includes mini-units on bioethics and the biology of global warming, and we connect modern biology to fields such as anthropology, history, and economics. A variety of group activities, online labs, and videos supplement the student experience.

Please note: Approximately a third of the material covered in this course will already be familiar to students who have taken AP Biology.

  • Develop course content, syllabus, lesson plans, and assigned work
  • Lead and attend all in-person class sessions
  • Establish and maintain a dynamic in-class environment tailored for our high school population
  • Evaluate student work and write a holistic evaluation of each participant after the course ends
  • Monitor and address student concerns and inquiries (you will have around 20-24 students)
  • Attend and complete all required online trainings

  • Graduate degree or equivalent professional or academic background
  • Expertise in the pertinent subject matter
  • Aptitude for teaching

Hiring Salary Ranges:
  • Summer A on-campus: $6,150 - $7,850
  • Summer B on-campus:$6,150 - $7,850

Additional Information:
  • All applications must be made here:
  • Please submit a resume inclusive of teaching experience as well as formal teaching evaluations (if available)
  • Applicants must have U.S. work authorization and will need to be in the U.S. while teaching
  • Applicants may not hold a concurrent appointment with Columbia for the duration of their appointment
  • Once hired, applicants are required to submit to a third party background check and complete Protection of Minors training in addition to other training(s) mandated by the University and Pre-College Program

For more information on the program, hiring process, and class schedules, please see

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