We are looking to hire graduate students in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the following positions.
Instructors will develop and run a course that will meet for four days during one week of SIM Camp. For SIM Camp Epsilon, each day should include three 40 minute blocks of material. For SIM Camp Delta and Omega, each day should have three 45 minute blocks of material. Courses should actively engage students in the material, as well as give them an idea of how research mathematicians approach problems.
Instructors will also provide assistant instructors with materials and homework to give them the necessary mathematical background. Additionally, assistant instructors should be incorporated into the lesson planning and teaching process.
We are looking for one instructor to teach SIM Camp Epsilon (rising 8th and 9th grade) and SIM Camp Delta (rising 9th and 10th grade).
We are looking for one instructor to teach SIM Camp Delta (rising 9th and 10th grade) and SIM Camp Omega (rising 10th-12th grade).
We are looking for one instructor to teach SIM Camp Epsilon (rising 8th and 9th grade) and serve as assistant program coordinator.
Instructors must be graduate students in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Applicants must be enthusiastic, personable, and dependable. Experience teaching or tutoring is required. Experience with similar academic enrichment programs, either as staff or as a participant, is helpful, as is experience working with middle or high school students. Applicants must possess a interest in encouraging students to study math beyond the high school level, exhibit maturity and a positive attitude, and be willing to serve as a role model for students.
Guidelines for courses
Instructors that are teaching for two weeks should plan to run two versions of the same course. Additionally, we would like the campers to be able to come back year after year, so do not want to repeat topics they have already seen in previous years. Instructors may choose their own topic, outside of this restriction. If you are interested in learning more about one of our previous courses, please let us know.
Campers at SIM Camp Epsilon could have taken tropical geometry and combinatorics. They have not seen cryptology or games on surfaces, which were taught in 2016. They also have not seen classical (compass and straightedge) constructions, which was taught at SIM Camp Delta in 2017, but could be reworked for this age group.
Campers at SIM Camp Delta could have taken tropical geometry, combinatorics, classical constructions, topological invariants, games on surfaces, and cryptology. They have not seen biomath or non-Euclidean geometry, which were taught in 2016. We might consider games on surfaces, cryptology, classical constructions, or tropical geometry, which some rising 10th graders have seen.
Campers at SIM Camp Omega could have taken all of our previous courses.
Applications are due January 5. You can apply here .
Here are some sample applications. Note that the application form does not recognize line breaks.
Assistant Program Coordinator
During the first week of camp, this employee will take on the role of instructor. (See the Instructor Job Description.) Between the first and third weeks of camp, the employee will serve as a program coordinator In-training, sharing responsibilities with the program coordinator. In the third week of camp, the employee will be the sole program coordinator. This will entail being available to help with any administrative task that arise, including by not limited to, helping with injured or sick students, dealing with disciplinary actions, and making sure lunch has been ordered.
The assistant program coordinator must be graduate students in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Applicants must be enthusiastic, personable, and dependable. They will also serve as an instructor for SIM Camp Epsilon.
Applications are due January 5. You can apply here . This is the same application as the instructor position.
Support is provided by:
- Office of Public Engagement, University of Illinois for a Public Engagement Grant
- Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois
- Illinois Geometry Lab, University of Illinois
- Association for Women in Mathematics, University of Illinois
- Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant , Mathematical Association of America
- National Science Foundation , Grant Number DMS-1449269
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Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DMS-1449269.