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Instructor Pool - Fall Program for First Semester (FPF) - UC Berkeley Extension
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted May 5, 2023
Title Instructor Pool - Fall Program for First Semester (FPF) - UC Berkeley Extension
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 06/15/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Humanities - General

Instructor Pool - Fall Program for First Semester (FPF) - UC Berkeley Extension

Position overview
Salary range: $8,050 - $13,800 per course. Benefits include workers compensation and general liability insurance coverage; Medicare contributions; mandatory Safe Harbor Defined Contribution Plan contributions (in lieu of Social Security); voluntary 403b plan; and access to UC Berkeley library stacks and online resources; free and discounted software; and professional development through LinkedIn Learning.

Percent time: Part-time temporary appointments are offered on a course-by-course basis.

Anticipated start: Positions start in August 2023.

Review timeline: Applications are typically reviewed between January and March. Applicants are considered for positions as needs arise; the existence of this pool does not guarantee that a position is available.

Position duration: Appointment length is based upon course section schedule(s). The fall semester runs from August to December 2023. Appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance.

Application Window
Open date: December 22, 2022

Next review date: Sunday, Jun 4, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 15, 2023 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.

Position description

Job Type
Academic - 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 instructors to teach undergraduate students for the Fall Program for First Semester (FPF).

The Fall Program for First Semester (FPF) is a small, collaborative learning community of first-year students who are entering their first semester at UC Berkeley's College of Letters and 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.

Every fall, courses are predominantly offered in-person in Berkeley, California (U.S.A.) during weekdays (Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm) with a limited set of online offerings. For more information about the program including a full list of currently offered courses and delivery formats, please refer to the departmental links below.

The pool will remain in place through the advertised final closing date; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond the advertised final closing date must reapply.

General Duties
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, utilizing 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. The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching. 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 disabilities).

FPF Program:

FPF Course Catalog:

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • Advanced degree required.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

  • All work must be performed in the United States, whether in person or online. 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. Due to the part-time, temporary nature of instructor positions, UC Berkeley Extension is unable to provide US visa/work permits for this position.

Preferred qualifications
We seek qualified applicants who possess current subject matter expertise with the experience or ability to teach entry-level lower division undergraduate courses that fulfill the seven breadth requirements of UC Berkeley's College of Letters & Science. Applicants may apply to teach courses in more than one subject area.

Successful candidates will possess and/or demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree or equivalent international degree in course subject preferred.
  • Experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching the course subject to first-year undergraduate students within the U.S.A.
  • Strong track record in developing and implementing new and experimental methods of delivering education and hands-on learning, and experience working with students from a range of disciplines.
  • 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.).

Experience teaching entry-level lower division undergraduate courses in the following subject areas or their equivalents. For more information about the program including a full list of currently offered courses and delivery formats, please refer to the departmental links above.

  • African American Studies
  • Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies
  • Chicano/Latino Studies
  • Comparative Literature and other Reading and Composition courses
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Native American Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • U.S. History

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Please stipulate in your cover letter: Which course subject(s) you are applying for; how your training and qualifications prepare you to teach within your specialization; and your experience teaching first-year undergraduate students.
  • Statement of Teaching - Please include information about how your pedagogical approaches and classroom strategies contribute to an equitable and inclusive classroom environment.
  • Sample Syllabus - Please upload a sample syllabus from a recent undergraduate course that you taught (syllabi from first-year undergraduate courses are preferred).
  • Teaching Evaluations - Please include your most recent undergraduate student course evaluations (evaluations from first-year undergraduate courses are preferred).

Reference requirements

References are requested from candidates at the interviewing stage, and references are only contacted for finalists.
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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley 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 see:

In searches when letters of reference are required 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 letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Positions that are represented by a collective bargaining unit or agent have particular contracts. For more information, please refer to the relevant contract: Lecturer (IX) contract, Postdoctoral (PX) contract, Academic Researcher (RA) contract, and Librarian (LX ) contract. Questions about represented positions can be directed to the hiring unit.

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