The Prison University Project offers approximately 20+ classes per semester, three semesters per year, with a team of over 100 volunteer instructors, teaching assistants, tutors and guest lecturers. We welcome applications from prospective volunteers.
Requirements are somewhat more flexible and based on experience for College Preparatory courses, art and foreign language courses, and tutoring in math and English.
If you’d like to apply to teach or tutor, kindly send a curriculum vitae and a cover letter detailing degrees earned or being pursued, other areas of study or academic interest, teaching experience, and other relevant professional experience. Please click here to submit your application.
We will review your materials. If there appears to be a potential match between your interests and our needs, we’ll send you information about our next in-person orientation. The orientation will give us a chance to get to know you and will give you a chance to ask questions and meet other prospective volunteers. After the orientation, staff will invite those who appear to be a good match for the program for more one-on-one discussion of their availability and interests.
If you are interested in teaching a class that is not listed, please send us a course description with your CV and cover letter.
Our classes are offered Sunday through Friday, afternoons and evenings, as well as on Friday mornings. Semesters begin in January, May, and September. All classes meet two to three times per week, for at least two hours per class meeting. Volunteers must commit to volunteering at least one day or evening per week for 15 weeks and should expect to commit 5-10 hours per week to their class for the duration of the semester.