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Prison Education Program
Cornell University
300 Kennedy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853


Apply to be an Instructor

There are two main main steps in the instructor application process: (1) submitting a CV + letter of interest and answering some basic questions in consultation with a program director, including some discussion of your area of expertise/interest and the needs of the program (see more below), and (2) an application process which includes several steps that must be completed in advance of the deadline such as an application to volunteer in the prison system, submission of official academic transcripts, letters of reference, etc. You can begin by sending a CV + letter of interest to our office at 300 Kennedy Hall at the Cornell University Campus in Ithaca. Please submit a CV and letter of interest by January 7, 2018, for full consideration as a potential instructor during Summer 2018 or Fall 2018 — priority will be given to applicants who begin this process by January 7th.

Application for Instructors:
Eligibility: Generally, doctoral students who have passed their ‘A’ exam are considered eligible to submit a proposal to teach a course in the prisons. We occasionally build courses for graduate students in specific fields who have completed a Master’s degree or have taken at least 5 graduate courses in the area of instruction. We are able to subsidize a finite number of doctoral candidates as instructors each semester, and selected law students may receive course credit for teaching in our law practicum. We also welcome proposals from postdoctoral fellows and faculty, as well as occasional 2nd year graduate students in professional programs (e.g. MBA). Feel free to contact our office to learn about the selection process and curricular needs. Use the following application form to complete the entire application process:

Course Proposals:
To propose a course you must submit a syllabus that contains course objectives, lesson plan, a one-meeting-per-week breakdown of activities for a 15-week course, and proposed course texts or literature to be used. Accepted proposals will have to align with the program offered that has been approved and developed within the prison system. For a broad introduction to the experience of serving as an instructor for the program, see the following instructors’ manual (work in progress):

The Cornell Prison Education Program convenes a Curriculum Committee composed of faculty and staff who review all course proposals before applicants are notified of decisions regarding course selections and subsidies.

Documents for Selected Instructors
Certain instructors will need these forms: