Philadelphia Futures

Environmental Science Writing Instructor

Posted on March 21, 2016

Philadelphia Futures provides low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Our direct access programs, Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) and College Connection, provide academic enrichment, college guidance, and a range of other services for promising high school students attending Philadelphia’s public, charter, and parochial high schools.

Summer Science Writing Instructor
The Science Writing Instructor will work collaboratively with an Associate Professor of Biology to teach the writing portions of a 4-week Environmental Science course for high school students. The course enrolls 20-30 advanced high school students (11th or 12-graders) and meets, on alternate weeks, in Center City Philadelphia and Eastern University. The Science Writing Instructor is expected to attend all lectures, accompany and support students during field and lab work, and travel with students to and from Eastern University. The instructor’s primary responsibility will be to teach ½ day sessions that help students to translate what they have learned into reports and presentations (both written and oral). Though a science background would be an asset, it is not required for this position.

Specific responsibilities include: (1) attending the science research portion of the program and reinforcing student participation and appropriate behavior during those sessions; (2) planning and teaching the writing portion of the students’ day in collaboration with university faculty and the Academics staff at Philadelphia Futures; (3) helping students to translate their scientific knowledge into writing and presentations; (4) commuting to and from Eastern University/Center City by bus with students on assigned days; (5) reporting daily on student attendance and progress; (6) guiding students in their preparation for the culminating presentations; (7) administering and submitting assessment reports.

Qualifications for Instructional Positions: Three-five years relevant teaching experience (preferably teaching high school level); demonstrated commitment to the education of Philadelphia public high school students and a clear understanding of related challenges; a teaching style that is structured, positive, and engaging; strong communication and organizational skills; FBI and Child Abuse Clearances if hired.

Dates: To be determined, but likely Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from July 5, 2016-August 5, 2016.

Compensation: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply: Please email your resumé and cover letter to Katie Price, PhD, Director of Academics & Programming, at, indicating the position of interest in the subject line.

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