Teaching Opportunities

Professionals or Graduate Students in the Boston Area

What is the Experimental College? Who teaches here? And why?

The ExCollege is a department at Tufts University which offers innovative undergraduate courses. We hire Visiting Lecturers with a range of perspectives and professional experience to teach interdisciplinary and interactive courses, exposing students to topics or ideas which they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to study at Tufts. Applicants of any background are encouraged to apply to teach a course of their own design.

Our instructors have expertise in their field or discipline and a passion for sharing it with students. Previous Visiting Lecturers have been attorneys, architects, medical doctors, entrepreneurs, artists, neuroscientists, filmmakers, journalists, and environmentalists. Please see our Courses page for examples of the range ExCollege offerings.

In short, we present a singular opportunity for people who want to work with highly motivated undergraduates in a small-group setting that emphasizes active learning.

Deadline: Applications to teach in the Fall 2018 semester will be available in mid-November, and will be due in January 2018. Please check back for exact dates and a link to the application.

Opportunity for Tufts PhD students:
Graduate students are welcome to apply to teach in either the Spring or Fall semester. In the Fall semester only, the Experimental College offers the Robyn Gittleman Graduate Teaching Fellowship as a special opportunity exclusively for Tufts advanced PhD students. Selected Fellows teach a course of their own design, and take part in a Teaching Roundtable led by ExCollege Director Howard Woolf. Applications for the Fall 2018 Gittleman Fellowship will be available in November 2017 and due in January 2018. Please check back for exact dates.

Robyn Gittleman Graduate Teaching Fellowship – Fall 2018 semester

Tufts PhD students have a special opportunity to apply for a Robyn Gittleman Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Named for our former director of forty years, the Gittleman Teaching Fellowship encourages advanced PhD students to gain teaching experience through the Experimental College. The Fellowship is initially funded by a Tufts Innovates grant.

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