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23 Feb 2021

Temporary Adjunct instructors

AIFSLondon – Posted by AIFSLondon London, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

The American Institute for Foreign Study

The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) was founded in 1964 and since then, over 1.6 million students have participated in our educational and cultural exchange programmes – semester, summer and January term study abroad for US undergraduate students, J-visa sponsored Camp America and Au Pair in America programmes and global US high school educational tours. Read more at


Job Summary/Main Purpose

AIFS is seeking to establish a pool of high-quality adjunct faculty for US university level course teaching for our semester, summer and January term programmes. We particularly invite applications from the following disciplines:  Journalism, Literature, Public Speaking, Environmental Science, Criminology, Women’s Studies, Film Studies, Advertising, Marketing, Economics, Politics, Psychology, Health Care and Citizenship. Courses are to be taught to US undergraduate students who are studying abroad in London for short term periods.

This pool will be utilized on an as-needed basis. Courses will be taught over 13-week semesters (Fall and Spring) and 3-week January term and Summer programmes. Teaching assignments are available on a course by course (short term contract) basis and are dependent upon student enrolment. Your application will remain active until December 2021. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Teaching will primarily take place in our study abroad centre in Kensington, London but may also incorporate a second location, as part of a travelling programme. A sample of taught courses is available here:

Job Responsibilities

  • Meet all designated course instruction guidelines.
  • Design a week-by-week teaching schedule as part of the course syllabus, including setting readings and assignments.
  • Grade assignments and exams in a timely manner.
  • Respond to student inquiries within 24 hours.
  • Submit final grades (and mid-semester grades if required) according to AIFS policy.

Further specifications will be outlined during the interview process.


Teaching Methods

US students are accustomed to a high level of active participation in class so an interactive approach to learning is strongly encouraged. Faculty are required to inspire students while teaching concepts, skills and best practice, dependent on the specific course.  In most cases, instructors will be encouraged to include relevant field trips and to use London as a learning resource. Note that while the intention is for courses to be taught in person, faculty will be required to deliver course teaching online should the need arise.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or above in a related field with experience and specialized expertise directly related to the position is preferred and/or significant professional experience in lieu of a Master’s degree.
  • Demonstration of teaching experience or the potential to successfully teach an undergraduate course in a university setting. At least 2 years of teaching experience is preferred.
  • Online teaching and/or learning experience. Previous experience teaching international students/in a study abroad capacity and/or cross-cultural teaching experience is preferred, but is not essential.
  • Strong interpersonal skills when relating to students.
  • Time management skills – you must be able to devote adequate time to courses, communicating timely feedback and engaging regularly in discussions.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Candidates of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences who meet the qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply.




How to Apply

If you would like to be considered, please submit an application, which includes your current résumé or CV, a covering letter highlighting relevant skills and experience, as well as listing the specific classes you are interested in teaching,  a link to your LinkedIn profile (if you have one) and any recent professional works (where possible) to no later than 19 March, 2021. Should you be invited for interview, we will additionally ask you to submit:
  • Materials related to any previous teaching, such as a class syllabus, assignments, and exams.
  • References from two employers.
  The successful candidate will be offered the role subject to evidencing lawful entitlement to live and work in the UK AIFS UK Ltd is committed to building and sustaining an inclusive, diverse, and equitable working and learning environment for all students, staff, and faculty and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion or belief, sex or gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, nationality, ethnic or national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We make recruitment decisions based on applicants’ skills, experience and knowledge, and ensure all applicants are treated equitably.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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