Lecturers are expected to design their own courses for the Institute. Lecturers will be great teachers and excellent scholars who take the time to interact with students one-on-one. Lecturers will usually hold a PhD in literature, languages, or the liberal arts. They have teaching experience in a collegiate setting, and an abiding love for their subject. They are great communicators (verbal and written), and work with their Preceptors to give students an outstanding experience.

During the course term, Lecturers in Literature generally deliver one 90 minute video lecture per week using our course software, which students can stream live or download later. They also conduct a 30-minute closing session each week, in which they answer questions that have arisen from the lecture or the discussions of the text during the week.  Lecturers in Languages generally deliver two 60 minute lectures each week and their preceptors hold two practice sessions with students on the days before each.  Lecturers also hold regularly scheduled open “office-hour” sessions via audio conferencing, in which students can drop in to discuss the course or assignments. In addition to being available by email to students enrolled in the course, Lecturers are expected to co-ordinate the work of the Preceptors for the course, sampling the paper grading and providing guidance for the small-group discussion sessions.

Signum and Mythgard Lecturers should be comfortable with web technology, including social networking sites and conferencing software (like Skype).  They are open, willing to learn, and willing to be part of a team. They can troubleshoot software issues independently, but are not expected to be IT professionals.  A social media presence (on Facebook, Twitter, personal/professional blogs) is a plus. All work performed as a lecturer is virtual — there will be no physical office or classroom, and no travel is necessary.

When applying, send us a brief pitch for your course idea, including a title, a brief description, and ideas for a book/reading list. (Later in the application process, you’ll submit a detailed syllabus, a full reading list, and a class schedule of lectures and assignments.)