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.

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.

GSAS Writing Studio Consultants

GSAS Writing Studio consultants support the dissertation-writing work of their fellow doctoral students by facilitating peer groups and leading workshops, and meeting with writers in one-on-one draft conferences. Consultants receive formal training and work closely with the Director of the GSAS Writing Studio.

Find more information here.

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.

Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equality (AFRE)

Each semester, Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equality recruits two part-time research fellows to assist with program development and/or research and data analysis. These positions are open to Humanities and Social Science doctoral candidates who are on the GSAS multi-year funding package awarded upon admission, and whose home departments are able to meet their instructional needs without them. These positions are not considered as external awards. Students must seek approval from their departmental director of graduate studies prior to applying.

For more information, write to Keyaria Rhodes at k.rhodes [at] atlanticfellows.org.