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Physical Education Instructors

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Kinesiology, Exercise Science, and Phys Ed

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Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.

Cornell University is an NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Ivy League. The university fields teams in 37 intercollegiate sports and provides a comprehensive physical education program. The university is committed to excellence in academics and athletics, gender equity and diversity in its programs, and a well-balanced, broad-based intercollegiate athletics program. Athletics and Physical Education offers a diverse program of physical and outdoor education, recreational services, intramural sports and intercollegiate athletic competition, plus Wellness programs for faculty and staff and fitness centers for the entire Cornell community.

Cornell Physical Education offers a wide variety of academic courses for Cornell students. Through our broad-based programs, we try to promote a healthy and holistic lifestyle throughout the campus community. Physical Education (PE) Instructors are the front-line staff that are responsible for teaching over 500 PE courses, helping our students engage in healthy physical activity during their time at Cornell. A successful candidate will have an extensive background teaching and expertise in the topic they are teaching as well as very strong communication skills, to interact and effectively work with a diverse group of constituents including students, other instructors, and PE & Recreation staff. These positions are temporary and non-benefits eligible, and are not eligible for visa sponsorship.

We offer a large variety of courses, including Water skiing, Yoga, Swimming, Scuba, Bowling, Dance (swing, salsa, tango, Ballroom, Belly, Latin), Fencing Fishing (angling and fly tying), Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Martial Arts, Badminton, Tennis, Archery, Hand Guns, Trap and Skeet, and Weight Training.

Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma with at least 2-3 years' of relevant experience.
  • Strong competency in specified activity applying to teach
  • Excellent customer service, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft office, e-mail, and spreadsheets
  • Related certifications to area if applicable-instructor cert, CPR/First Aid, etc
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3-5 years' experience teaching activity
  • Advanced certification in teaching area

University Job Title:

Temporary PE & Athletics Professional

Job Family:

Temporary Athletics & Physical Education


No Grade - Annual

Pay Rate Type:



Contact Name:

Diane Hamilton

Number of Openings:


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