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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Partnership Outreach Programs department in the Office of Precollege Outreach and Engagement seeks to hire an enthusiastic, motivated, and culturally competent writing instructor who will deliver writing instruction to our community based precollege programs. We seek instructors who can support first-generation and students from marginalized communities in our two-week summer program. The instructor must be able to provide culturally responsive instruction and strengthen students’ persuasive writing skills.

The instructor is expected to teach writing based on college level work, while providing a safe and supportive space for learning. This is a valuable opportunity for program participants to experience the demand of college level work in an environment which will grow their academic curiosity.

This position will take place on the CU Boulder campus over the summer from June 13-17th. The instructor will be required to provide/develop curriculum which helps students develop and complete two essays which will be used to submit for the Common Application for university admission applications. The curriculum should be grounded in techniques in persuasive writing, while also incorporating culturally responsive and relevant pedagogies that empower program participants to elevate their lived experiences and transform them into powerful narratives to be woven into their college admission essays.

There is opportunity for the selected instructor(s) to teach multiple sections of the course. The instructor can expect to have between 15-20 students per section. The writing course will be held on Mondays-Fridays from 9:00 - 10:15 AM.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Partnership Outreach Programs Department provides precollege services and support to multiple communities across the State of Colorado. Our mission is to create opportunities of access for first-generation students, supporting their future goals for post-secondary enrollment.

Specifically, our department directs summer programming for students coming to our campus from the western slope in the Roaring Fork Valley and Summit County, the eastern plains in Morgan County, southern Colorado in the San Luis Valley, locally from Boulder County.

Over the summer the department directs and coordinates seven programs, which serves over 200 first-generation students through our outreach efforts. During their time with us, students will explore living away from their families and learn to navigate a collegiate experience for the first time. Students will gain skills to support their future application and transition into their chosen post-secondary studies. During this time, the program participant will be able to examine critical experiences in a safe and supported program, which will further facilitate their understanding and expectations for their undergraduate studies.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Create curriculum which supports the development and production of two college admission essays based on the national Common Application prompts given.
  • Provide supportive and directive feedback, which enhances the students’ essays without altering the personal narratives.
  • Enhance and build student’s persuasive writing knowledge base through course lectures. When using outside literature and other mediums for instruction, we strongly encourage the use of written works from Scholars of Color and other marginalized identities.
  • Create non-grading duties for instructor’s assistant (IA) during class sessions.
  • Create and provide detailed plan for the IA to lead recitation sessions.
  • Manage course attendance daily, and immediately communicate with program director if a student participant is not present in class.
  • Responsible for class management, especially as it relates to managing delicate topics of identity and addressing any oppressive comments or behaviors. (If additional assistance is needed, please contact directors.)
  • Communicate with IA and program director if there is concern of a program participant that is not engaging appropriately in the course.
  • Provide final grade to program director.

What You Should Know

  • Participants of our programs are primarily fist-generation students, with other marginalized identities (such as low-income, LGBTQIA+, immigrant status, ethnically diverse, etc), thus we require the instructor to have experience supporting and teaching our diverse student population.
  • This position does require you to teach in-person.
  • This is a temporary appointment with the university as a lecturer and does not qualify for university benefits.
  • Payment will be distributed at the end of the month during university pay cycle and not at the end of the program.
  • We strongly encourage the instructor to use a web based platform for course deliverables and materials.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this 16% position is $1,343.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • BA in English, Creative Writing, or related field.
  • Experience working with first-generation youth from diverse populations.
  • Minimum 2 years of writing instruction experience with high school youth.
  • Experience and knowledge of works by diverse scholars; related to race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, and sexual identity.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to commute to the university.
  • Ability to use classroom technology for class instruction.
  • Ability to support web-based software to deliver and provide course resources.
  • Communicate effectively with program directors with any program concerns.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 2 more years of direct instruction for underrepresented populations, including bicultural and bi-literate students.
  • Previous experience working with the University of Colorado’s Precollege Outreach Programs.
  • Experience with culturally inclusive and responsive course pedagogies.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by May 27, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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