Teaching at Urban Scholars

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Job Type

Full Time




United States


Teaching at Urban Scholars

University of Massachusetts Boston

The Urban Scholars Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston is a year-round program featuring individual advising, college and cultural trips, tutoring, supervised study, and a six-week summer institute that runs Monday through Friday, 9:00-5:00, from July through mid-August. Urban Scholars serves academically striving Boston Public School students in grades 9-12. The majority of our participants come from low-income backgrounds and/or are the first generation in their family to pursue higher education. We aim to prepare our scholars for college admission and to equip them with the skills necessary to succeed at the collegiate level.

The Urban Scholars community believes that education is at the core of a successful, enriching life. We offer academically striving students a comfortable environment promoting experiential learning and educational exploration. In an effort to create excitement and life-long interest in learning, our courses are hands-on and engaging while maintaining the rigor and skill-building necessary of a college-preparation program. We seek to fascinate, puzzle, challenge, and support our students to take risks, collaborate, and problem-solve in meaningful ways that preview college and career work.

We are currently seeking an instructor for our summer institute in the following subject areas:

  • Lab Sciences—Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • STEM subjects
  • Health Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences

Instructors are supported by the Associate Director and often find opportunities for professional growth and development through their experience at Urban Scholars.

Instructor Responsibilities

  1. Teach at least 1 course 5 days a week. Classes run 70 minutes.
  2. Develop and teach a project-based learning course curriculum to high school students.
  3. Participate in weekly teacher meetings.
  4. Conduct one-on-one conferences with students twice throughout the term.
  5. Complete mid-term and final evaluations of students and a final course summary.
  6. Submit weekly lesson plans aligned to program learning goals and rigorous objectives.
  7. Attend orientation and trainings.


  1. Bachelor's degree in a relevant field; master's degree preferred.
  2. Teaching experience, preferably with urban youth.
  3. Ability to manage a dynamic learning environment where students are engaged,

supported, and assessed.

  1. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement curricula.
  2. Knowledge of and ability to manage classroom behavior with clear objectives, expectations, and engaging activities.

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Jeff Foulkes, Associate Director, at urbanscholars@umb.edu


UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125

Start date

Dependent on the semester but in general:

Fall: late September through December

Spring: late January through May

Summer: late June through mid-August

Salary range (annual U.S. $)

2,000-2,500 per course, commensurate with subject and experience.

The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, the University of Massachusetts Boston complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the University operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. Among the procedures which may be used to select personnel to fill vacant positions are review of work experience, reference checks, and interviews. All appointments and promotions will be effective on a Sunday.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Contact Us: urbanscholars@umb.edu