Interested in teaching highly motivated and diverse group of students?

Through the Division of Pre-College and Summer Undergraduate Programs, Brown University offers a number of programs designed for pre-college students, as well as Brown and visiting undergraduates. Instructors are predominantly Brown faculty, visiting instructors, graduate students, post-docs, and members of Brown’s greater academic community.

Teaching in the Pre-College Programs can provide invaluable professional development opportunities, whether one is just beginning a career or is a well-established educator. It also provides instructors an opportunity to design one’s own course, experiment in new curricular or pedagogical methods, practice the craft of teaching in a highly supportive environment, and enhance one’s professional development through workshops focused on best practices and effective teaching strategies. And of course, experience the energizing joy of teaching bright and engaged high school students who are embracing the challenges of college-level learning.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR SUMMER 2021: In concert with the University’s plan for the 2020/2021 academic year, the Division of Pre-College and Summer Undergraduate Programs is planning for summer 2021 as follows:

  • Offering many pre-college non-credit online and a number of on campus courses. Should the health situation change and we determine we are able to offer additional in-person courses on campus, we will be in touch with relevant instructors. 
  • Suspending Undergraduate Summer Session for 2021 and the related Pre-Baccalaureate Pre-College Program. The University has revised its academic calendar to include a full-length summer semester for which the Dean of the College’s Office is responsible. It has not yet been determined whether Visiting Undergraduates will be allowed to participate in the summer semester. 

We anticipate offering a broad array of courses to pre-college students across the summer. Instructors familiar with the Pre-College Programs will recall that, in addition to Summer@Brown, we have typically offered the Leadership Institute, the Brown Environmental Leadership Labs (BELL), Summer@Brown for English Language Learners, STEM for Rising 9th and 10 Graders, and a range of Location-Based Learning Programs in places like Alaska, Rome and Washington, D.C. We welcome online course proposals that align with any of these programs, some of which may be offered on campus in-person. More information about these specific pre-college programs is available below.

Instructor Eligibility

Pre-College non-credit courses and programs – On-campus and Online: All Brown faculty, graduate students, post-docs, staff with appropriate credentials and experience, and Tougaloo College faculty are eligible. Non-Brown affiliated educators may likewise propose to teach with us, though preference is given to those currently affiliated with the University.

Graduate students must be beyond their first year of study, be making satisfactory progress toward degree completion, teach a topic from their home department/discipline, have teaching experience or have completed a Sheridan Center Teaching Certificate Program, and have the approval of their department’s Director of Graduate Studies.

Pre-College Programs

We encourage those interested in teaching for us to explore and review carefully the various programs, described below, as well as the range of previously offered courses to ensure that the course you have in mind is designed for the most appropriate program/audience.

Given the size and scope of the pre-college programs, in many cases we will also be seeking multiple courses in related areas, and in some cases multiple instructors for additional sections of both new courses and courses currently in the catalog. If you wish to offer yourself as an instructor for a course listed in the catalog, please email PCSUGcourses@brown.edu directly, send along a current CV, and let us know which course(s) you’d like to teach.

Summer@Brown is the largest of Brown’s campus-based Pre-College Programs, featuring  well over 200 non-credit courses offered in intensive sessions – both on campus and online – ranging from one to six weeks  long, and scheduled in multiple terms across the summer. Courses offered span the broad range of academic disciplines at Brown, intentionally reflecting the breadth and depth of Brown’s undergraduate, liberal arts curriculum. Courses are designed to expose high school students to first year undergraduate content, with the  attendant academic rigor, and are non-credit in order to encourage students to take risks and to explore unfamiliar subjects. Online courses take advantage of the benefits of online learning and technology to bring together the best aspects of seminar-style learning in an asynchronous learning environment. A robust extra-curricular program – offered to both on campus and online students – supplements the academic core of the program, providing students with broad exposure to the experience of living and learning on a college campus. Students enrolling in these courses must have completed the 9th grade, and are drawn from all 50 United States and some 70 countries worldwide.

Summer@Brown for English Language Learners offers courses similar to the above, taught by instructors proficient in teaching non-native speakers of English. Instructors teaching these courses are familiar with the linguistic challenges their students face, and develop their syllabi to include substantial opportunities for students to exercise their listening, public speaking, reading and academic writing skills.

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) combines concepts in environmental studies, ecology, and leadership, with a mission of developing socially responsible leaders. At BELL, students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to create positive change on environmental issues facing their local communities and the planet as a whole. Students at BELL engage with a wide variety of content, including work in environmental science, social science, and leadership development. Lessons focus on experiential and place-based learning, drawing on the environment surrounding the student as a living laboratory where they can explore the concepts introduced and discussed in the course. Students enrolling in these non-credit courses must have completed the 9th grade, and are drawn from all 50 United States and some 70 countries worldwide.

The Leadership Institute believes that all students have the capacity to effect positive change for their communities. This innovative program integrates three foundational components: study of a compelling academic topic, exploration of socially responsible leadership, and development of a meaningful action plan. Courses- on campus and online- utilize an interdisciplinary approach to explore complex, contemporary social issues of pressing global interest. Brown faculty and graduate student instructors work closely with the program director to develop a course syllabus that effectively integrates and supports programmatic goals, including the development of an Action Plan. Students enrolling in these non-credit courses must have completed the 9th grade, and are drawn from all 50 United States and some 70 countries worldwide.

Location-Based Learning Programs – Suspended for Summer 2021

STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders participate in an immersive academic experience that allows them to explore the STEM disciplines. Students can indulge their passion for learning as they dive into content in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics focused courses. The courses provide students with some understanding of the foundational material for that discipline from which they can springboard to areas for exploration such as more advanced content or current areas of research. In addition to the academic experience, the students participate in supplemental programming that promotes and supports social and academic growth as they prepare for success in their future academic experiences. The students spend time working on a comprehensive academic project and the program culminates in a final presentation for their peers, instructor and families.

Undergraduate Summer Session and Pre-Baccalaureate Suspended for Summer 2021

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Pre-College Non-Credit Courses for High School Students


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