Position: Postgraduate Academic Skills Instructor (Pre-sessional)
Position Type: Part Time
Deadline: 30-06-2017
Required Degree: Masters
Required Years of Experience: 2

About Carnegie Mellon University

Since its founding in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has been a birthplace of innovation. Ranked #1 in Computer Science and #4 in Engineering by U.S. News & World Report, CMU is dedicated to producing creative and technically strong engineers that have meaningful impact in their communities and accelerate positive technological change in the world. In 2011, CMU extended its global footprint into Africa as the Regional Center of Excellence for ICT based in Rwanda, and the anchor tenant of Kigali Innovation City. In a region booming with opportunities, CMU is the only U.S.-based research university offering its master’s degrees with a full-time faculty, staff and operations in Africa.

Description, duties, responsibilities

Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa) offers two master’s programs to students from across Africa and beyond. The Master of Science in Information Technology provides students with critical skills, focusing on practical applications in areas such as cyber security, mobile applications, wireless networking and strategic business planning. The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering has a more technically focused curriculum, equipping students with skills in energy systems, mobile computing and telecommunications. Each program is taught by globally renowned faculty to the same rigorous standards as the main Pittsburgh campus.

The postgraduate academic skills instructor (pre-sessional) will deliver the academic skills branch of a one-month orientation program to incoming students. This program is delivered immediately before the start of the master’s programs at CMU-Africa and aims to prepare students for the transition to the post-graduate American education system. Key learning outcomes for the academic skills program cover communication skills, critical thinking skills, and familiarization with the US postgraduate education system. 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Contribute to the design of the orientation academic skills syllabus
  • Research, develop and produce teaching materials for use in lessons
  • Deliver up to 4 hours of face-to-face classroom teaching (pre-sessional academic skills) per day to two classes of approximately 20 students each
  • Grade student oral and written work and provide personalized feedback
  • Attend orientation team meetings
  • Plan and obtain student feedback on classes delivered
  • Evaluate individual student needs and report these in writing at the end of orientation
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the orientation academic skills program and provide a written report with recommendations for ongoing student support as well as future orientation programs

Requirements and Skills

    • Post-graduate degree-holder

      • Experience of American (or equivalent) post-graduate education system

        • Highly proficient user of English (minimum overall score of 110 in TOEFL or 8 in IELTS)

        • Minimum 2 years’ experience teaching adults using interactive, learner-centered methodology

          • Qualification in education

          • Experience teaching pre sessional academic skills courses

          • Experience of teaching in the African context

          • Enjoys working collaboratively with other teaching staff

          • Creative, fun and energetic


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