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.

Opportunities for 6th-year students
(Humanities and Social Sciences) 2021-2022

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.

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.


Annual Teaching Opportunities

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.