Our particular focus is on five Core Areas of:
- Biological Sciences
- Computer Science
- Mathematical Sciences
Temporary Faculty Appointments are available for each of the following types of appointment:
- Core Course Instructor – Our five Core Courses provide a common educational experience for all of the PGSS students. Core Courses meet for 50 minutes, 4 mornings a week, for the first four weeks of the program. (specific weekly schedule TBD)
- Laboratory Course Instructor – Students choose one laboratory course in one of the four Core Subject Areas of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or Physics. Laboratory Courses meet two afternoons a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) 2:30 – 5:30 PM, for the first four weeks of the program.
- Elective Course Instructor – A variety of special topic Elective Courses are offered each year, depending on the particular interests of the faculty. Elective Courses meet for 50 minutes, twice a week in the afternoon or evening (specific schedules TBD), for the first four weeks of the program.
- Faculty Advisor for a Team Research Project – Students choose a Team Research Project from the menu of options, based on their particular interests. A typical team consists of six to ten students and an undergraduate Teaching Assistant (TA). Team Projects meet two afternoons a week (Mondays and Thursdays) 2:30 – 5:30 PM for the first four weeks of the program, plus additional time as needed early in the fifth week to complete the final paper and PowerPoint presentation.
Faculty Responsibilities Include:
- Meeting with TAs prior to the start of the program to manage course content or scope of research project and expectations
- Managing the planning and delivering of daily course contents and crafting weekly homework assignments (for Core, Lab, or Elective Course Instructors)
- Providing the intellectual idea for a challenging but doable project (for Project Advisors)
- Advising the students, as needed, during the scheduled research sessions (for Project Advisors)
- Providing feedback on homework or lab notebooks to the students with the help of undergraduate TAs
- Providing feedback on overall performance of each student in their course or project to the PGSS Program Director
We do not yet know if the PGSS 2021 program will be run on campus or remotely on Zoom. If we are on campus, classroom space, laboratory and/or computing facilities will be provided on the Pittsburgh campus of Carnegie Mellon University, as well as supplies and materials needed to carry out lab work and/or research. If we must run the program remotely on Zoom (as we did very successfully for the 2020 program), successful candidates must be comfortable with remote instruction and provide course content or research projects that are conducive to remote delivery.
- Bachelor’s Degree plus three years of work experience in one of our Core subject areas required
- Master’s Degree plus work experience or Ph.D. in the relevant subject area are preferred
Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within PGSS. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued proficiencies. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the PGSS through their work.
Teaching Assistant and Residential Counselor
As a PGSS teaching assistant/counselor, you will interact more closely and spend more time with the PGSS student participants than anyone else associated with the program. You will be required to devote much time and energy to a variety of activities, from classes and labs during the day to social activities and homework assistance at night. You will help to shepherd some of the most talented students of science and math from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through one of their most important periods of social, emotional and intellectual development. By the end of the program, you will not regret the investment of time that you have made. In fact, many former TAs and counselors consider their time with PGSS to be among the most fulfilling experiences of their lives.
Undergraduate summer employment at Carnegie Mellon University is available with the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS). The PGSS is a five-week summer school for extremely talented high school students from Pennsylvania. Teaching Assistant/Counselor appointments are available in the areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics and mathematics. In addition, one or two positions may be available as Co-Directors of Residential Life. Academic duties of the TA/Counselor include assisting with lecture and lab courses and mentoring team research projects. Counselor duties of the TA/Counselor include living in the same dormitory as the PGSS students, ensuring that students adhere to the PGSS disciplinary rules, providing tutorial help in the academic program, and arranging and conducting social activities. CoDirectors of Residential Life (a.k.a. Head Counselors) are responsible for overseeing the TA/Counselors and fostering a safe, collaborative living and learning environment for the PGSS students.
TA/Counselor applicants should have finished their sophomore year by the start of the summer program. Consideration will also be given to extraordinarily qualified first-year applicants. Preference will be given to applicants with strong academic records and strong social skills. Prior experience with PGSS or a similar summer program is preferred, but not required. Applicants for Co-Director of Residential Life should have graduated from college or university by the start of the summer program.
Stipend for five-and-one-half week period:
- $2,500 for new TA/Counselors, $2,750 for returning TA/Counselors
- $3,000 for Co-Director of Residential Life
- Housing is included (in the PGSS dorm) as well as a food allowance
- Duties begin Wednesday, June 22, 2022, end Sunday, July 31, 2022