Instructor in Education

University of California Berkeley

Part-Time Instructor Pool - Fall Program for Freshman (FPF) - UC Berkeley Extension

Job #JPF02772
  • University Extension - University Extension

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 27th, 2020

Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Apr 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Job Location

Remote locations or the San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Job Type

Academic - Temporary, Part-Time, Non-Tenure Track

Job Summary

UC Berkeley Extension, the professional and continuing education division at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a pool of qualified, temporary, part-time instructors to teach undergraduate students for the Fall Program for Freshmen [].

The Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF) is a small, collaborative learning community for freshmen students in their first semester at UC Berkeley’s College of Letters & Sciences (L&S). We seek dynamic instructors with a commitment to undergraduate education to teach a wide range of courses that fulfill L&S degree requirements, including major prerequisites, college writing requirements, breadth requirements, and some electives. Courses are offered on-site in Berkeley, CA every fall term. Most courses are offered during the weekdays.

The pool will remain in place through April 15, 2021; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond April 15, 2021 must reapply. Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue as needed; all appointments begin in the Fall 2021 semester. This instructor application pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. The number of these temporary, part-time, non-tenure track, academic positions varies each fall, depending on the needs of the program. Appointments are offered on a course-by-course basis, and appointment length is based upon course section schedule(s). Appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance.

General Duties

We are seeking qualified applicants who possess current subject matter expertise and ability to teach courses in (but not limited to) the following list. Applicants may apply to more than one discipline. Refer to [] for a full list of currently offered courses.

Physical Science

  • Chemistry
  • Astronomy

Arts & Humanities

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Theater Studies
  • Dance Studies
  • Art History

Ethnic Studies

  • African American Studies
  • Chicano/Latino Studies
  • Native American Studies
  • Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

Biological Science

  • Integrative Biology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology

Mathematics & Statistics

  • Mathematics

Social & Behavioral Sciences

  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Other subjects

  • College Writing, Reading & Composition
  • Historical Studies
  • International Studies
  • Philosophy & Values

Instructor duties include but are not limited to:
In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include: completing mandatory training programs by deadlines established by UC Berkeley, preparing and delivering course materials (e.g., syllabus), designing learning assessments, assigning grades, holding office hours, utilize course support platforms, including the Canvas/bCourses Learning Management System and Zoom Pro, interacting with students outside of class time via email and campus web-based course resources.

The ideal candidate will also stay current within their subject, discipline or field of practice and use subject-matter expertise and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum. All of our instructors employ culturally competent and inclusive teaching methodologies in the classroom (including teaching non-native speakers and/or students with academic letters of accommodations for learning disabilities).

Basic Qualifications (at time of application):

  • Advanced degree or equivalent international degree required.

Additional Qualifications (by the start date of the position):

  • For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. The department is unable to provide a visa/work permit.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree or equivalent international degree preferred.
  • Experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching the course subject at the undergraduate level within the U.S.
  • Experience in course development, including creating original academic content such as syllabi, learning objectives, lectures/presentations/scripts, learning activities, assignments, assessments, exams, and quizzes.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and work within a team environment.
  • Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) instructional and other technology such as the campus’ Learning Management System (Canvas) and Google tools (docs, sheets, slides, shared calendars, email, etc.).

The Campus Community:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy view: [].

To Apply:

Go to [].

Please provide three names of references along with contact information at time of application. References will only be solicited for finalists. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality [] prior to submitting their letters.

Contact Kerry Everett at [] for further information. For more information about UC Berkeley Extension, please visit our website at: [].

Job location

California, 94704


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)