Call for Instructors, Summer 2019
Established in 2014, Inside Literature (formerly Reading World Literature) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and community-based learning program that offers six-week literature courses at the Travis County Correctional Complex (TCCC). We are soliciting applications from individuals with advanced degrees in literature (M.A. or Ph.D.) or Texas teaching certificates to co-teach literature courses at the TCCC in the Summer of 2019. We also welcome applications for Assistant Instructors (undergraduates pursuing a degree or B.A.). If you are interested in using your literary knowledge and pedagogical training to get involved with your community, we welcome your application.
Instructors can commit to one to three courses during a trimester. We teach both male and female populations in minimum, medium, and maximum security settings. All instructors will be paired with another instructor to teach a text selected from Inside Literature’s curriculum. Each trimester has an overarching theme; the Summer 2019 theme is “Dystopias and Downfalls,” and these are the texts:
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
World War Z by Max Brooks
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Othello by William Shakespeare
The time commitment to Inside Literature is 3-4 hours per week per course. This includes travel time to and from class, class time, and preparation. Instructors will teach in pairs, with new instructors paired with more experienced instructors. Instructors may opt for their classes to meet once a week for 90 minutes or twice a week for 60 minutes, depending on the length of the text and structure of the course. You will work with your co-instructor to develop your syllabus, lesson plans, and supplementary materials. Instructors may include media in their syllabus which will be subject to review by the Inside Literature program coordinator.
Minimum requirements for Inside Literature instructors:
• No convictions for any aggravated or sexual offenses.
• No outstanding warrants
• No arrests within the past 24 months
• If on Parole and/or Probation: (Normally applies to Substance Abuse/12 Step Programs)
• Must have a written recommendation from their Parole/Probation Officer
• Must provide evidence of employment or legitimate means of livelihood
• Must have been on Parole/Probation for at least 12 months without any
incarceration time or adverse reports
Instructor responsibilities include:
• Complete the TCCC volunteer application, background-check, and mandatory orientation to obtain facility access
• Attend mandatory program orientation and observe one class before teaching
• Work with your co-instructor to prepare syllabus, lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and any supplementary materials needed for your course.
• Schedule your course times and days with the Inside Literature program coordinator
• Meet one to two times weekly with your class at the TCCC (60 to 90 minute courses)
• Upload all materials ongoingly to the Inside Literature team drive for review and program records
Interested applicants must complete the application form on the Inside Literature website https://www.insideliterature.org/apply by April 1st. Applications are processed on a rolling basis.
For more information, please visit insideliterature.org.
We look forward to reading your applications!