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Pre-College Instructor, Language & Identity: A Linguistic Exploration of Accents, Dialects, Slang, &

Columbia University School of Professional Studies
Grand Central, NY
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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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 B: July 16th - August 2nd

Class Times:
  • 11:10am-1pm & 3:10pm-5pm EST

Course description:

In this course students examine language as a vital part of culture and social structure while discovering how it reflects and shapes our lives. We first tackle assumptions and myths we hold about language. For example, can animals learn to use language? Do Eskimo languages really have 17 separate words for snow? Is English the hardest language to learn? Then we explore the components of language (phonemes, morphemes, words, and sentences) and how each plays a role in what we hear as an "accent" or dialect. Thus, students investigate both the structural and cultural functions of human language.

The course employs a multi-disciplinary approach to investigating language behavior and variation in different cultures. This occurs mainly through the term project, which provides each student with the opportunity to conduct fieldwork as a means to research a culture and its use of language. Participants come to better understand themselves as members of their own cultures and language as a shaper of our self-identities in human society.

In the morning sessions we examine material in a seminar format. Afternoons are devoted to research, analysis of case studies, and other hands-on applications including probing popular culture, literature, and film for evidence of language used as a way to define cultural and social identities.

Students develop the skills of data collection and cross-linguistic and cross-cultural analysis and come away with a perspective of multiple viewpoints related to language correctness and relativity.

  • 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 Range:
  • 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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