Instructor of the Humanities / Social Sciences, Bard Sequence Program (Washington DC)

Bard Early College Network
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Aug 15, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Part Time

Bard Sequence Program at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School (Washington, D.C.), SY ‘20-21

About the Bard Early Colleges and the Bard Sequence

The Bard Early Colleges (BEC) are founded on the belief that many high school–age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education. The Bard Early Colleges act on this belief by providing younger scholars with a tuition-free, credit-bearing college course of study in the liberal arts following the 9th and 10th grades. Students are taught by college faculty in seminar classes and earn college credits up to an associate in arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College, concurrently with a high school diploma. Now in its second decade, the Bard Early College network serves over 2,910 students in campuses in New York City, New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, DC.

Bard invites applications for a dynamic individual who seeks to join a new initiative of the Bard Early Colleges – the Bard Sequence – which will enter its second year in 2020-2021. Through partnerships between Bard College and public high schools and school systems, the Bard Sequence allows students in the 11th and 12th grades to take Bard College’s signature interdisciplinary humanities Seminar Sequence on site at their schools, taught by an instructor selected and trained by Bard. The Bard Sequence offers students earlier exposure to college study and the opportunity to earn 12 Bard College credits over four semesters. The Bard Sequence currently runs programs in Orange, NJ and Brooklyn and the Bronx, NY.  

Key responsibilities:

The Bard Sequence is seeking an adjunct instructor to teach Bard College’s signature humanities seminar course (“The Bard Sequence”) to students enrolled at the Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., beginning in Fall 2020. TMA is a public charter high school located in D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood. The school’s mission is to work intensively with students through summer programs, added English and math instruction, and a focus on legal knowledge and democracy to prepare them for college. More info about TMA can be found on their website.

The instructor will have access to curricular resources, professional development, and a community of instructors teaching the course. In SY 2020-21, the instructor will initially teach one section of “First Year Seminar” to 11th graders.

Bard Sequence faculty are required to participate in pre-course training and ongoing professional development to aid in the teaching of the dual enrollment courses. This professional development is overseen by the Director of the Bard Sequence and the Bard Early Colleges, Bard College’s early college division.  Bard Sequence faculty report to the Director of the Bard Sequence.

Position Requirements:

The successful applicant for this position will have a passion for college access and expanding dual enrollment opportunities and be excited to teach college classes to a diverse group of high school-age students in Washington, D.C.  A terminal degree in a humanities or social sciences field is required (candidates who are ABD will be considered)

Candidates with high school and college teaching experience are preferred. Above all, the successful candidate will have experience with and investment in working with first generation college students or those otherwise at risk of not completing college. The candidate must be flexible and adaptable in working through the challenges associated with scaffolding rigorous programs for these students.

Expected Start Date:

Start date is in 17 August 2020, to allow for participation in TMA Teacher Academy and Sequence pre-semester training.

Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School, located at 2427 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020.

To Apply:
Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, one-page teaching statement, sample course syllabus, and the names and contact information for three references through at:

This appointment may be modified in the rare instance of financial exigencies at the College.

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