Summer College-Prep Teaching Positions

The Urban Scholars Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, is a year-round program featuring 2 twelve-week semesters of rigorous, college-preparatory after-school classes, seminars, tutoring, supervised study, and a full-time seven week Summer Institute. We aim to prepare our scholars for college admission and to equip them with the skills necessary to succeed at the collegiate level.

We serve academically gifted, low-income and/or first-generation Boston Public School students in grades 7-12. A 3.0 GPA, teacher recommendations, and an interview are required for admission.

We are currently seeking a number of instructors for our seven-week summer semester with preference for the following subject areas. However, all proposals will be duly considered:

  • Middle School Math and Problem-Solving
  • Lab Sciences – Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science
  • Languages – Latin, Mandarin, Spanish, French, American Sign Language
  • English as a Second Language
  • Critical Thinking – Debate, Model UN, Science of Evil, Psychology
  • Writing and Research – topics vary
  • Social Sciences

In an effort to create excitement and life-long interest in learning, our courses are hands-on and engaging while maintaining the rigor necessary of a college-preparation program. We seek to fascinate, puzzle, challenge, and support our students to take risks, collaborate and problem-solve in meaningful ways that preview college and career work. Our courses are student-centered and project-based.

Instructors are supported by the Assistant Director and often find opportunities for professional growth and development through their experience at Urban Scholars.

Potential instructors propose courses in a wide range of fields. We look to hire instructors who can not only inspire students, but can also ensure students are steadily building the skills and knowledge base that will enable them to become successful college students.

Instructor Responsibilities

  1. Teach at least 1 (maximum 3) course 5 days a week. Classes run about 60 minutes. Must commit 6/30-8/15.
  2. Develop and teach course curriculum to middle or high school students.
  3. Participate in bi-weekly teacher meetings.
  4. Conduct one-on-one conferences with students
  5. Complete mid-term and final evaluations of students
  6. Submit weekly lesson plans.
  7. Attend an instructor orientation in June.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, Master’s degree preferred.
  2. Teaching experience, preferably with urban youth.
  3. Ability to manage a learning environment.
  4. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement curricula.
  5. Knowledge of and ability to manage classroom behavior with clear objectives and expectations and engaging activities.

UMass Boston provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment.

How to apply

Please send a resumé and cover letter outlining your teaching experience with urban youth and the content area you are qualified to teach to

Boston, Massachusetts
The Urban Scholars Program

100 William T. Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA, 02125, US