YPEI Graduate Professional Development Fellow

Summary of Opportunity: 
For more information or to apply, go to www.yaleteachingopps.org and search for “prison education” (you will need to log in with valid netid). Opportunity is listed under Department “Graduate School of Arts & Sciences” as “XX083: Professional Development Fellow” and is a paid PTAI opportunity.
Assignment Description:
The Yale Prison Education Initiative (YPEI) at Dwight Hall offers doctoral students the opportunity to work with a program that brings access to rigorous liberal arts classes to incarcerated students in Connecticut. To date, YPEI has offered incarcerated students credited courses in English, Art, Latin, Sociology, and Philosophy through a unique partnership with Yale Summer Session, in addition to a range of not-for-credit programming and workshops.
In Fall 2020, The Graduate Professional Development Fellow will work with YPEI to develop and expand our upcoming offerings as we build capacity and establish new partnerships in order to build a degree program in prison.  The Fellow will be given the opportunity to work on a number of ongoing projects including: managing correspondence-based YPEI course offerings during fall 2020; facilitating incarcerated student requests and access to Yale academic resources; researching best practices for remote learning in prison and working to build an infrastructure to offer synchronous or asynchronous distance courses for incarcerated students during the pandemic; working to bring Pell grant access for incarcerated students; proposing teaching a not-for-credit college-level curriculum to be offered to students in the state prison where we offer courses; managing book donations and materials; creating regular newsletters for incarcerated students and for stakeholders; expanding YPEI’s facility reach; recruiting new faculty/graduate student instructors/guest lecturers for future semesters; and grantwriting.
This is an opportunity to learn about the field of higher education in prison and our growing program at Yale, both through participation in larger programmatic/strategic planning and possibly through teaching, as well.
Required Background:
The ideal candidate will have some teaching experience on campus, be passionate about their field, and interested in working with an unconventional but dedicated and ambitious group of excellent students. The ideal candidate will also be highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to work remotely and communicate regularly. This opportunity is well-suited to those with an interest in growing national conversations around higher education access and criminal justice reform, but no experience teaching in prisons or working on issues around criminal justice is necessary.
Under normal circumstances, the fellow would be required to regularly commute to the prison, a high/maximum security state prison in Suffield, CT, about a 50-minute drive from campus (with Dwight Hall vehicles available for use), and would be required to undergo a background check and volunteer orientation at the prison, as well as a brief orientation with YPEI, prior to being cleared for regular entry.
However, due to the pandemic and the vulnerability of incarcerated people to the spread of disease, the CT Department of Corrections has indefinitely suspended all face-to-face programming. As a result, YPEI is currently operating remote correspondence-based courses without entering the prison sites. Fellows will still be required to undergo orientation with YPEI and ideally be cleared for regular entry in case the situation changes.
-Some previous teaching experience required.
-Valid driver’s license recommended.
-Please note that only Ph.D. students in their teaching years or eligible for guaranteed sixth-year teaching may apply for this position, and no student may be assigned to a Professional Development Opportunity for more than two terms.
For more information or to apply, go to www.yaleteachingopps.org and search for “prison education” (you will need to log in with valid netid). Opportunity is listed under Department “Graduate School of Arts & Sciences” as “XX083: Professional Development Fellow” and is a paid PTAI opportunity.
Open To: 
Graduate Students
Recurrence of Opportunity: 
Contact Name: 
Zelda Roland
Opportunity Type: 
Jobs, Internships, Fellowships