Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) – Lead Instructor

Posted by SMASH Wharton on November 6, 2018

Calling Philadelphia Area Educators! It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for SMASH Wharton to start building our team for summer 2019. I am reaching out to you all specifically for support recruiting a Lead Instructor (LI) for our SMASH Summer Academy. The LI will serve as a member of the Site Management team along with myself, a Residential Director, and Program Coordinator; the duties are the following:

Pre-SMASH Academy

  • Hire, train, and support a staff of 12 instructors (instructors will teach Math, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Thinking, Marketing, and Economics)
  • Meet regularly with the Site Director and Site Management Team to plan staff training and support

During SMASH Academy

  • Maintain presence in classrooms to build rapport with scholars and provide first person feedback to instructors
  • Meet weekly with instructors to plan and assess scholar progress
  • Participate in weekly Community Meetings with all staff and scholars
  • Meet weekly with Site Director and Site Management Team
  • Ensure scholars are on track to successful project completion
  • Share leadership responsibilities of the Site Management Team in order to ensure site is amply supported

After SMASH Academy

  • Submit grades
  • Provide instructors with formal review and feedback
  • Participate in Staff Debrief and Site Management Team Debrief

Lead Instructor Dates:

  • Lead Instructor Start Date/Training – March 2-3 (2 day training)
  • Scholar Interview Day – April 20
  • Scholar Pre-assessments – June 5-7
  • Instructor Training – June 22-28
  • SMASH Academy – June 29-August 3
  • Staff Debriefs – August 4
  • Grades Due – August 5

Interested applicants should email me, LaToya D. Tufts (, site director, a cover letter, resume, and a link to their LinkedIn (if applicable). I will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis beginning November 10th and will ask qualified candidates to interview starting December 3rd. I hope to have the Lead Instructor position filled no later than January 1. Folks of color are encouraged to apply. Please contact me for more information or if you have any questions.


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