Applications are now open! Apply by February 15, 2018.

About the Position

Teaching at Mathcamp

Canada/USA Mathcamp is a summer program for talented high school students from all over the United States, Canada, and the rest of the world. At Mathcamp, students interact with world-class mathematicians, explore advanced topics in mathematics, sharpen their problem-solving skills, and find a true intellectual peer group.

A Mathcamp mentor teaching a geometry class.

As a mentor at Mathcamp, you get an amazing teaching experience: there is no set curriculum, so you create your own classes and teach the math you're interested in. You get support (in both curriculum design and pedagogy) from master teachers, and your students are exceptionally smart and engaged. You'll be able to draw on this rich experience when you're making plans for life after grad school.

From group theory to projective geometry, from complex analysis to cryptography, from fractals to voting theory – there is an abundance of mathematics that can be taught (with a little imagination) at camp level. If you have a favorite topic of your own, or an innovative approach to one of the old standards (such as linear algebra), then it is a wonderful opportunity to put your ideas before a class full of students eager to learn.

Outside the Classroom

Mentors at Mathcamp have a unique role: besides being active teachers and counselors, they are the camp's primary leaders and organizers, and help to set the tone for the entire program. Beyond academics, mentors help to cultivate the rich life of the camp by planning activities, setting camp policy, and serving as residential counselors—essentially, running the camp.

Mathcamp mentors are encouraged to think of themselves as partners, not employees. We seek creative personalities to help bring the camp to life. Mentors must be willing to take responsibility and display immediate initiative when the situation demands it. At the same time, they must be good at communicating and working with others to achieve broader goals. Flexibility and tolerance for a certain degree of chaos are a must—that is part of what makes Mathcamp an exciting place to work!