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Covid-19: Please note, due to the changing global situation there is a possibility that Yale in London will move online if in-person teaching is deemed to be unsafe and if restrictions prohibit the programme from functioning as normal. The Paul Mellon Centre will work directly with lecturers to ensure that they receive the support they need to move their classes online.

Yale in London is looking for two adjunct lecturers to teach a course in art history, history, or literature for its summer 2021 programme. The summer term consists of two six-week sessions. The first (known as Session One) will run from 6 June to 16 July 2021 and the second (known as Session Two) will run from 4 July to 12 August 2021. Please note the sessions overlap by two weeks in July. We are looking for one lecturer for each session. 

Number of positions available: 2

Term Dates

  • 6 June 2021 to 16 July 2021 (referred to as Session One)
  • 4 July 2021 to 12 August 2021 (referred to as Session Two)

Lecturers must offer a course with a British focus. Proposals for expansive courses that engage with themes of empire, colonialism, and globalism are especially welcome. Experiential learning is a key feature of Yale in London and lecturers are encouraged to teach outside the classroom as often as possible, using London as a site and source for discussions. 


  • designing, preparing and developing your course and teaching materials
  • leading twelve seminar style classes, which are scheduled twice a week for two hours over six weeks
  • grading and marking assignments and final examinations
  • meeting with students for feedback on assignments and academic progress
  • leading trips and visits for off-site teaching across London
  • co-leading one residential trip (3 days/2 nights) with students to a location related to your course but outside of London. Please note: planning for all trips and visits, including the residential trip will be coordinated with the Yale in London Programme Manager, who will join the trips, where possible, to manage logistics. 

About the programme

Yale in London offers Yale College and Yale-NUS College undergraduate students an opportunity to take Yale courses at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, United Kingdom.

Classes are small and delivered in a seminar-style that offers students a unique opportunity to learn and discuss key course themes with their professors. Faculty consists of Yale faculty, research staff at the Paul Mellon Centre, and academics based in the UK. The programme emphasises experiential learning and includes frequent class visits to museums, galleries, and sites in London – as well as a three-day residential trip to a location further afield. 


  • Weekly sessions with students: 2.25 hours x twice a week, totalling 27 hours over six weeks
  • Developing course prior to the start of term and weekly class preparation: 70 hours 
  • Course trips and visits: up to 35 hours depending on travel to off-site teaching location


£6,300 plus pre-agreed UK travel expenses, if living beyond London (Zone 9), plus expenses related to teaching up to a maximum of £200. 


Applicants must have as a minimum a Master’s degree in a relevant field. Previous teaching experience working in study abroad is preferred. 

Application Process

Please complete the form below, in which you will be asked to provide a 250-word description of the course you intend to deliver with weekly session topics or themes and some examples of off-site learning you would like to include. In addition, please provide student feedback, if available. The form should be completed and returned via email to recruitment@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk by midnight Friday, 6 November 2020.


Queries about the role can be sent to Nermin Abdulla, Learning Programme Manager at nabdulla@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is midnight Friday, 6 November 2020.

Interviews week commencing Monday, 23 November 2020.

Documents attached

  • Application form (adapted for this freelance role)
  • PMC Applicant Privacy Notice