The NYUAD Summer Academy is a cross-cultural program designed to enhance the academic profile of highly motivated Emirati high school students about to start their 11th year. The program features intensive instruction in Critical Thinking and Writing, Mathematical Reasoning, College Readiness and Standardized Test Preparation, and Leadership Development and Public Speaking over the course of two summers and an intervening academic year.
Following a competitive admissions process, up to 34 program participants are selected as recipients of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarships for Outstanding High School Students, which enables them to attend the Summer Academy.
In this mixed-gender program, students are exposed to a rich cultural and rigorous academic program which enhances their ability to gain admission to and perform well at top-tier English-language universities. The program begins during the summer following the 10th year of high school and continues for the following 18 months, with two intensive summer courses of study in Abu Dhabi at the NYUAD Campus, and, if safe to do so, possible international travel to an assigned globe site for up to ten days of study in Florence, Italy (1st summer) or New York City (2nd summer). If the program cannot travel, we will deliver the program online/virtually during the same period of time. In addition, students participate in online study and academic refresher weekends during the following academic year.
Instill in students the intellectual resources and skills necessary for success at top-tier, English-language universities through the 18-month curriculum.
Liberal Arts Education
Introduce students to the study of the humanities and to the value of a liberal arts education.
Develop students' understanding of the cultural norms of Western universities.
Prepare students to excel on the standardized tests necessary for university entry.
Spur personal growth, maturity, cultivate leadership potential.
The Instructor will oversee all academic duties for teaching Critical Thinking and Writing, including instruction, grading, lesson planning, office hours, for up to two sections of Summer Academy students – students in their first summer of the program and students in their second summer of the program (Summer I and Summer II). Each course will comprise of approximately 20 classes, with class hours determined by early Spring 2021. The Instructor will also support programmatic activities on Summer Academy weekends as necessary and participate in selection activities and graduation events, as needed.
Length of Appointment:
Four to five weeks from July 4 through August 5, 2021 with attendance at approximately two meetings prior to the program's start for orientation activities. After the Abu Dhabi portion of the program, an international trip to the Global Site in Florence, Italy or New York City during the final ten days of the program will only take place subject to government and institutional regulations due to Covid-19. Dates of the appointment are subject to change.
Work within the existing CTW curriculum, which is focused on the development of reading and writing skills that form the foundation of a liberal arts education. Areas of study have included: examination of the craft and structure of writing, analysis of the evidence to create and develop interpretation of texts, practice in reading comprehension, gathering and evaluating evidence, development of interpretive claims based on evidence, building logical narrative structures for arguments, and the application of texts to the world around us
Attend any pre-program meetings and/or training sessions
Teach the CTW curriculum to the Classes of 2021 and 2022 in Abu Dhabi and in Italy/New York City (if government and institutional regulations allow for travel due to Covid-19)
Participate in faculty meetings by providing detailed feedback on student progress
Work closely with the co-Instructor to ensure that both cohorts receive the same material delivered with a similar high-quality approach
Be available to individual students and groups in need of assistance, as well as to other instructor undertaking cross-curricular or collaborative projects
Attend and provide assistance as needed with co-curricular events and activities throughout the Program, which will entail leading small groups of students on excursions and trips, or supporting the operations of the program if necessary
Provide students with ongoing and regular feedback (oral and written) during the course of the class
Following the summer session, submit extensive and detailed written feedback on each student to be used in crafting letters of recommendation for their college applications within 30 days
Advanced degree (masters or PhD) in English or a related subject
Available to travel to Abu Dhabi and Florence/New York City during the dates listed above, if the program is delivered in person
Ability to provide online instruction during the dates listed above, if the program is delivered online
College-level experience teaching in English
Demonstrated interest in cross-cultural education and enthusiasm for teaching
Experience supervising high school students in a co-curricular setting (i.e. summer camp or after school program)
Availability to assist with the administration of the program prior to the start of classes in Abu Dhabi
Work or internship experience teaching English, to non-native speakers
Familiarity with online instruction
Applicants must submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format.
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