Teaching Opportunities Outside the Department

Find below several teaching opportunities outside academic departments that are available to GSAS doctoral students. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis with new opportunities.

GSAS Compass

GSAS Compass Fellows support the career and professional development of Arts and Sciences master’s and doctoral students. They lead workshops on career development topics; advise students one-on-one on their cover letters, CVs, and résumés; and use qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate programming. In addition, each Fellow will have the opportunity to propose, develop, and deliver original professional development programming for GSAS students. Fellows shadow and receive formal training from the Director and Associate Director of Graduate Career Development, and work closely as a group to develop and improve their advising and career development pedagogy. Click here for more information and to apply.

GSAS Writing Studio

GSAS Writing Fellows support the dissertation-writing work of their fellow graduate students in several ways: by facilitating peer groups; leading workshops and other programming; meeting with writers in one-on-one conferences; facilitating dissertation-writing groups; and helping to lead and develop the Studio’s writing-support programming. Consultants receive formal training and work closely with the Director of the GSAS Writing Studio. Click here for more information.

Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) Fellowship

CVTI Fellows support the career and professional development of student veterans at Columbia University while helping to develop pedagogical tools and resources to improve the educational journeys of military veterans across the nation. They work with student veteran ambassadors and student affinity group leaders from across campus to help students navigate the transition from the military to academic life. They will also have the opportunity to manage and promote academic lecture series in addition to pursuing original research in civil-military relations. Questions may be directed to cvti@columbia.edu.

Social Justice Fellowship, School of General Studies

The Social Justice Fellow will contribute to various socially progressive initiatives being launched under the aegis of the Department of Academic Affairs at the Columbia School of General Studies (GS). The Fellow will contribute to projects including a community college pipeline program with a strong public-service component; a program to prepare returning citizens (or justice-involved students) for law school; programs to make STEM education accessible to non-traditional students; the Justice and Pandemics Preparedness Academy (launched in 2020); and a program to make research opportunities on the Columbia campus more transparent and accessible to undergraduates who are new to the university environment. For further information, please write to gsacademicaffairs@columbia.edu.

Undergraduate Writing Program

Doctoral students in Humanities and Social Science departments may apply to teach University Writing, Columbia’s required first-year undergraduate writing course. This opportunity is intended for students who will be beyond their guaranteed-funding years (typically years one through five) during the teaching appointment. Arts and Sciences doctoral students selected will receive full GSAS Teaching Fellowships. Appointments are made for one or two years, depending on year of study. More information may be found here.

Core Preceptorships

A preceptorship is a type of teaching fellowship awarded only by competitive application to students appointed to teach a section of a course in the Columbia College Core Curriculum (Literature Humanities, Contemporary Civilization, African Civilization, or Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization). This appointment is renewable for one year, but appointment to teach for a second year is contingent on satisfactory performance in the first year. Students may apply to be a preceptor only if they have or expect to have the MPhil by the May prior to being appointed as a preceptor, and if they will be in no more than their sixth year of registration during the first year of the preceptorship.

For additional information about the Core Curriculum, please see its website here.

GSAS Teaching Scholars Program

The GSAS Teaching Scholars Program is a professional and academic development opportunity that affords advanced doctoral students in Arts and Sciences programs the opportunity to design and teach a course in their area of expertise during the academic year in preparation for the job market.

Please see here for detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements, compensation, application procedures, and more.

Graduate Kluge Mentor Fellowship

The Kluge Graduate Fellowship is designed to assist graduate students in their sixth or seventh year of graduate study who have demonstrated scholarly promise and have an interest in teaching and mentoring young scholars. The fellowship also offers graduate students the unique opportunity to participate in the continued development and implementation of an exciting, well-established program for undergraduates that focuses on academic excellence, leadership, global awareness, and civic engagement.

Graduate Student Advisor

Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URF) is a recently formed division within the College’s Office of Academic Affairs.  URF seeks to support Columbia undergraduates and alumni of Columbia undergraduate divisions in exploring and applying for internal, national and international fellowships. The office seeks two graduate student advisors (preferably one advisor with a STEM background and one advisor from a social scientific or humanistic background) who will support the work of URF. The responsibilities assigned to the Fellow will include the following:

  • weekly advising for students (feedback on writing, advise on supporting materials that are part of the application process such as letters of recommendation, finding a research mentor, developing a strong personal or research statement, etc.);
  • development of materials to help students seeking support in the application process;
  • participation in nomination processes, interviews, and coordinating the application process, alongside other preparation for student finalists.

To be considered for a position, please send a cover letter and cv to Ariella Lang, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at al223@columbia.edu.