Instructor – Residential Program
The goal of SIG is to provide an exceptional three-week experience by creating a community of student learners who share common interests, abilities, and goals. It is a team responsibility to promote a safe environment where students can grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
The SIG Instructor commutes to campus each day for 15 days for the course periods assigned. The Instructor implements the assigned SIG courses on campus, blending the course content with the needs of the students in the course. The Instructor has a responsibility to ensure that students are appropriately challenged and that they produce outcomes that are personally relevant and significantly transformative.
Each SIG course is designed to employ a creative methodology in which the Instructor asks questions requiring students to think carefully about and research their responses; this questioning will determine the direction that the course takes. SIG courses should culminate in a final student presentation that requires the synthesis and evaluation of their newfound knowledge. The goal is to provide meaningful connections between student interests and the overarching course concepts. This type of methodology can be employed in every SIG course. SIG courses require thought and planning to execute, as well as flexibility on the part of the instructor to take the course in different directions to meet the needs of the students.
- A minimum of a Master’s degree (preferred).
- A minimum of three years lead or independent teaching experience.
- Demonstrates experience with and knowledge of the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted students.
- Possesses specialized understanding in the subject and content area of the courses selected to instruct.
- Interacts, communicates, and presents oneself in a professional manner.
- Provides positive leadership through sharing and demonstrating academic knowledge, promotes teamwork, and provides a visionary perspective in instruction.
Instructors report to the Academic Dean. Instructors collaborate with Teaching Assistants regarding classroom instruction but do not formally supervise Teaching Assistants.
- Reviews course outline and sets aside time for course planning to identify academic course questions and tentative supplies needed for the course.
- Reviews webinars and Instructor Manual and applies related content into course planning.
- Attends and participates in pre-program residential orientation training and conference calls.
- Adheres to policies and procedures as outlined in the SIG Employee Handbook, SIG Instructor Manual, and the SIG Code of Professional Conduct.
- Views all training videos appropriate to position.
- Attends and participates in staff orientation held before student arrival.
- Develops a course plan using SIG’s Course Plan template to provide more details about instructional practices that are based on student pre-assessment results and course objectives. Course plans are submitted to the Academic Dean during week 1 of the program.
- Submits a Budget Approval Form after review of program inventory, course outline guidelines, and orientation training plans, to the Academic Dean.
- Completes Instructor Budget Reimbursement Form for any reimbursement requests.
- Implements individualized daily instruction based upon the unique abilities of each student providing for an appropriate, intellectually stimulating academic environment.
- Helps each student to create an individual objective for the class that is aligned with course objectives and student interests and creates an individualized Instructor objective for each student within the first three days of class.
- Supports student learning goals toward the creation of a culminating product for the course that addresses student and course objectives.
- Submits a Summary of Student and Instructor Objectives Form to Academic Dean.
- Communicates issues regarding the students’ academic progress to site leadership.
- Sets up a classroom management system that allows all students to work at their best and respect the work and learning spaces of others.
- Monitors, counsels, and coaches inappropriate behavior of students in the academic setting.
- Communicates continued issues and any absenteeism/tardiness to site leadership.
- Attends all Instructor meetings for the program, including orientation, Meet and Greet, and faculty meetings.
- Communicates with parents, as needed.
- Utilizes Teaching Assistants in the classroom and in daily lesson execution and activities.
- Constructs final, academic assessments called Student Performance Reviews (SPR) of each student during the last week of the program. SPRs are to be appropriate in tone, detail, and personalization, as well as mechanically and grammatically.
- Actively works on, corrects, and revises Student Performance Reviews (SPR) until final approval, which may occur after the end of the academic program.
- Attends the Final Program Ceremony on the last day of the session.
- Participates in the Academic Performance Program (if course applies).
- Performs additional duties as assigned.
- Available to answer questions regarding Student Performance Reviews (SPR) and make edits as necessary.
Terms of Employment
- Starting salary is $800-850/class pre-tax, dependent on experience, for a three-week period.
- Room and board is not provided, and staff are expected to commute daily.
- Employees pay their travel to and from program locations.
Essential Characteristics of an Instructor
- Ability to move, or push objects by using hands and arms to install or position materials up to 40 lbs.
- Ability to sit, stand, and walk for prolonged periods of time to perform general operations.
- Work with various office equipment including, but not limited to: cell phones, walkie-talkies, computers, recreational equipment, photo copiers, fax machines, or scanners.
- Ability to demonstrate speech clarity and recognition by speaking frequently for long periods of time to students, parents, faculty, SIG staff while conveying detailed and important information.
- Monitor the health and safety of others by scanning large areas at both night and during the day.
- Ability to live and work potentially without air conditioning during hot and humid summer months for days on campus.
- Maintain constant contact with others by interacting with staff and students and within dorm living situations, campus facilities.
- Be able to work 24/7 shifts to anticipate unexpected situations or assist during emergency operations.
All requirements will be interpreted and applied consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and state counterparts.
Summer Institute for the Gifted is an equal opportunity employer.