Instructor Training

The Foundations for Research Computing program is always looking for volunteers to become certified Carpentries instructors to teach or help in our program. Instructors can be staff, officers, or select doctorate students and postdoctoral researchers. The Foundations pays for your certification in exchange for your help with our courses.

The Carpentries is a nonprofit organization that trains people with technical skills to train others in technical skills—it's a train-the-trainer model. The Instructor Training is primarily focused on evidence-based teaching practices and does not include technical skills training. To become a Carpentries instructor, you go through a two-day pedagogical training and a checkout process afterward. It's a great community and the certification is a widely recognized credential.

Certified Instructors can co-teach Carpentries workshops here at Columbia University, helping us reach more people and build these skills across our community. In addition, Carpentries Instructors also have the opportunity to teach as part of a team at other institutions in The Carpentries network, meeting others with similar skills who enjoy sharing them. Hosting institutions cover travel and expenses for volunteer Instructors teaching workshops in-person.

To become an instructor

Expectations of an instructor

  • Complete Carpentries checkout
  • Commit to teach at least one session at two pre-semester workshops
  • Commit to help with at least one session in at two pre-semester workshops
  • Participate in the community, including coming to community meetings

Courses to be covered in the pre-semester workshops. You do not need to be an expert in all of these topics! The Carpentries program teaches you how to teach.

  • The Unix Shell
  • Version Control with Git
  • Plotting and Programming in Python
  • Programming with R

Carpentries instructors may also propose to teach other lessons or courses from Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, and Library Carpentry under the Foundations umbrella.

If you are interested in this opportunity or would like additional information, please email [email protected]. There are a limited number of seats available so we may not be able to accommodate everyone.

The training is funded by the Foundations for Research Computing.