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Volunteer Instructor - History - Seeking Instructors with fluency in English or Arabic language

University of the People
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University of the People (UoPeople), a non-profit dedicated to opening access to higher education is currently seeking Volunteer Instructors with fluency in either English or Arabic language to teach its Art History and History courses. 

Your service as a Volunteer Instructor will support UoPeople’s global mission to offer affordable, quality, online, degree-granting educational programs to any qualified student. Instructors should plan for a weekly commitment of around 15 hours of volunteering for the duration of the nine-week UoPeople term. The University will issue modest expense reimbursements to Volunteer Instructors ($450 for one course and $900 for two courses at undergraduate level) in appreciation for their generous contributions toward our mission. 

Position Description: 

UoPeople Volunteer Instructors must make a weekly commitment of about 15 hours to course-related activities, which consist of responding to student emails and messages, posting discussion questions, engaging with students, grading learning journals, and reviewing peer assessments. Each UoPeople course is nine weeks long and is taught fully online in the learning management system. Instructors must be able to teach in an online world and understand the needs of a very diverse student population. 

Please review our undergraduate general education course descriptions here: 

University of the People is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Devote approximately 15 hours per course per week. 
  • Maintain an instructor presence in the course with frequent check-ins and responsiveness to students. 
  • Communicate effectively with diverse student populations and an international administration. 
  • Teach course subject matter to ensure every student can master learning outcomes. 
  • Regularly check in with Faculty Affairs administrators regarding any course issues. 
  • Monitor course grades and finalize grades by deadlines. 
  • Model sensitivity to a diverse student population, representing the full spectrum of cultural, political, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Online teaching experience using a learning management system is preferred. 
  • The minimum degree requirement is a master's degree with a Ph.D. preferred in the discipline (Arts, History, Archaeology, or closely related field). 
  • Instructors may also teach undergraduate general education courses with a master's degree in the assigned area or have a master's degree and 18 semester hours in the discipline. 
  • Expertise is required in the subject area of the course. 

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit an application via our instructor application portal at the following address: 

The Institution: 

University of the People (UoPeople) is the Education Revolution. We are the first non-profit, tuition-free, American, accredited, online university. Dedicated to opening access to higher education globally, UoPeople is designed to help qualified high school graduates overcome financial, geographic, political, and personal constraints keeping them from collegiate studies. UNESCO estimates that by the year 2025, there will be nearly 100 million young people seeking seats in universities that don’t exist. UoPeople believes that access to higher education is a basic right which promotes world peace and global economic development. 

The University offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science, and Health Science as well as master’s degree programs in Business Administration and Education. UoPeople was founded in 2009 and accredited in February 2014. University of the People in Arabic was launched in 2020, offering an Associate Degree in Business Administration, while at the same providing Arabic-speaking students intensive English-language courses. Today, there are more than 57,000 students from more than 200 countries and territories. Over 6,000 of these students are refugees. 

UoPeople is directed by President Shai Reshef, and by distinguished international boards of trustees and advisors. Its President’s Council is led by current and former leadership from several of the world’s foremost institutions, including: John Sexton, NYU; George Rupp, Columbia University; Catharine Bond Hill, Vassar College; Nicholas Dirks, UC Berkeley; Suzanne Fortier, McGill University; Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, Effat University; Judith Shapiro, Barnard College; and Nobel Laureate Torsten N. Wiesel, The Rockefeller University. More than 23,000 professionals have volunteered for UoPeople, including those filling key UoPeople leadership positions. 

UoPeople has academic partnerships with NYU, UC Berkeley, and the University of Edinburgh, as well as a collaboration with Harvard Business School Online. 92% of UoPeople graduates are employed, including at such companies as Amazon, Apple, Dell, Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, and JP Morgan, and institutions such as the UN and the World Bank. 

UoPeople is supported by the generosity of individuals and foundations, including the Gates, Hewlett, and Ford Foundations, Fondation Hoffmann, and more. UoPeople has been covered by the New York Times, BBC, NPR, Times Higher Education, US News and World Report, and more. President Reshef’s TED Talk and Nas Daily interview about the University have 30 million views combined. 

UoPeople is an equal opportunity employer and seeks applicants who share its values of quality, opportunity and access and who are representative of its diverse student body. More information about the institution can be found at 

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