Fellow, Center for Prison Education

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details

The Wesleyan Center for Prison Education ( CPE ) has brought the transformative power of the liberal arts into Connecticut’s prisons, offering incarcerated individuals the opportunity to take Wesleyan courses, taught by Wesleyan faculty and receive college credit for their efforts. To date CPE has offered more than 90 credited college courses to more than 125 incarcerated students.

Reporting to the Academic Development and Planning Manger, the Fellow, Center for Prison Education supports the work of the program.

The fellowship starts in July/August (exact date is flexible) and runs for 12 months.

Responsibilities include:

Coordinate Wesleyan courses and volunteers at prison facilities. Attend to relevant logistics and coordination; organizing and distributing course materials and scheduling make-up classes and study halls.

Support CPE students’ academic work at York and Cheshire CIs by facilitating two to four study hall sessions per week and fielding phone calls from incarcerated students 3-5 times per week.

Help supervise Wesleyan in-facility and on-campus student volunteers who support CPE students’ educations; this involves coordinating volunteer tutors’ transportation to/from the facilities and addressing questions and concerns from volunteers, and assisting in tutor applicant evaluation and new tutor training.

Training and overseeing the responsibilities of up to two Research Assistant student employees. Coordinating the fulfillment of research requests for CPE students and personally completing more challenging research requests.

Work with the Academic Development and Planning Manager and CPE Coordinator to develop and manage systems for communication with CPE students; this includes providing information about grades, course registration, and necessary announcements.

Support the CPE’s partnership with Middlesex Community College by assisting the Academic Development and Planning Manager and CPE Coordinator with administrative processes such as course registration, faculty appointment, and course rosters.

Work with CPE staff to develop and manage systems of record keeping.

Work with Program Manager and CPE Coordinator to bolster re-entry service initiatives and assist in the re-entry support of CPE students after release.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and experience in community service, volunteer management, event or office management or similar role or an equivalent combination of education, training and work experience (may include work or volunteer experience while a student).

The ability to obtain and maintain security clearance at the prisons.

Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple tasks, prioritize work demands and maintain attention to detail.

Proven organizational and time management skills.

Intermediate expertise with MS Word and Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and database programs.

Effective communication skills.

Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.

Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to get to facilities.

Ability to work some evening and early morning work hours as required.

The ability to lift at least 30 pounds with or without accommodation.


Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with Correctional Institutions.

Experience working in an educational setting.

Demonstrated passion for civic engagement, community service and social justice.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Consideration for this role is limited to a graduating Wesleyan Student or Wesleyan alumnus/alumna.

Review of applications will begin May 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University



Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927, awilliams@wesleyan.edu.

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