Part Time Science & Engineering Instructor

Overview

Ti2 is an independent academic enrichment organization offering high-caliber science and engineering learning for gifted, curious primary through high school students located in Newtonville, MA, USA: http://theinnovationinstitute.org.

We are recruiting scientists and engineers to lead teach students in grades K-12 for two-hour sessions held once weekly or support “lead” instructors in their role. The maximum number of students per class is ten. Classes that exceed seven students have two instructors, one in a support role (“co-instructor”). Most classes occur between 4 pm and 8 pm weekdays; 9 am  and 7 pm, Saturdays; with some offered from 10 am and 3 pm weekdays. We also offer one week, ½ day summer courses and school vacation week courses. Teaching schedules are flexible, part time and can be customized to meet individual needs. No grading involved.

Courses offered include:

  • human physiology and anatomy
  • microbiology
  • molecular biology
  • genetics and genomics
  • biochemistry
  • neuroscience
  • ‘neuro-engineering’ (electrical engineering and the nervous system)
  • computer programming
  • physics
  • electrical engineering and robotics
  • mechanical engineering

Our lab is equipped with PCR, gel electrophoresis, incubators, water bath, centrifuge, dry heater/stirrer, vortexers, compound (monocular and binocular) microscopes, simple digital microscope with fluorescence capacity, 3D printer, etc.

We provide training sessions, one-on-one mentoring and classroom shadowing for new instructors, as needed. Training and support focuses on effective communication of science and engineering topics, lesson planning, and classroom management. Teaching at Ti2 is an excellent opportunity to learn how to present and discuss science and engineering concepts, applications and their importance to nonacademic audiences. We offer the chance to design and implement courses as well as teach courses with preexisting but modifiable curricula.

Requirements

We seek motivated individuals passionate about their areas of expertise and enthusiastic to work with young people. Formal teaching experience is not a prerequisite. Minimum commitment is one trimester (11 weeks of instruction). Two trimesters (22 weeks of instruction) are desirable. An academic year is preferred, Sept-June (33 weeks of instruction).  One-week, ½ day summer courses are also an option.

Our science or engineering “lead instructors” may have teaching experience but are interested in heading course instruction. Successful candidates can foster and manage active inquiry and experimentation, creativity and open discussion in a round-table discussion setting. “Co-instructors” are training (or trained) to be experts in a science or engineering subfield and would enjoy the opportunity to work with young people and share their enthusiasm and knowledge but do not have time to commit to lead a course.

All candidates will possess or are working towards an MS, MD, or PhD in a science and/or engineering field and/or already have the professional equivalent through work experience. Strong interpersonal, organizational and communications skills are key. All applicants need to have an intrinsic respect for children as serious learners with valuable questions and insights.

Remuneration

Instructors are paid at Ti2. Volunteers are welcome and can be provided travel stipends. We are 15 minutes from Harvard Sq., 20 minutes from HMS and 30 minutes from Union Sq., Somerville via car.  

Application Process

If you are passionate about science and engineering; are reliable, mature; love to learn; and are interested in making a part-time commitment to enrich the lives of young people, please send your CV with an email of interest to montana@theinnovationinstitute.org. Please note that these are part time positions only. For questions, please call 617 340-9907. All candidates must agree to background checks. Professional references required.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin in program operation or in admissions, hiring, or financial aid decisions.