Course Associate, Insurance Risk Management (Online, Fall 2021)

  • New York, NY, USA
  • Part-time
  • Program: Insurance Management
  • Course Modality: Online
  • Academic Program: IMGT
  • Division: Masters
  • Department: Insurance Management

Company Description

Columbia University has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world for more than 250 years. At the core of our wide range of academic inquiry is the commitment to attract and engage the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding, pioneering new discoveries, and service to society.

The School of Professional Studies at Columbia University offers innovative and rigorous programs that integrate knowledge across disciplinary boundaries, combine theory with practice, leverage the expertise of our students and faculty, and connect global constituencies. Through seventeen professional master's degrees, courses for advancement and graduate school preparation, certificate programs, summer courses, high school programs, and a program for learning English as a second language, the School of Professional Studies transforms knowledge and understanding in service of the greater good.

Job Description

Columbia University, M.P.S. in Insurance Management seeks candidates with professional experience in commercial property and casualty, personal lines, or LA&H insurance to serve as a Course Associate to support the successful delivery of an asynchronous graduate-level course, Insurance Risk Management.  A Course Associate is a faculty line junior to a Lecturer who provides subject matter expertise and supports the instructional process for a course section. Serving as a Course Associate is an excellent way to gain exposure to graduate-level teaching at Columbia University. 

Please note this course provides asynchronous instruction coupled with synchronous assignments and activities. Office hours are predetermined but with flexibility for appointments at mutually convenient times. 

  • The class will be online and asynchronous.

  • Facilitate asynchronous discussions, provide timely feedback on student work, record ad hoc video lectures, etc. (7-10 hours per week)

  • Attend programmatic events as necessary, virtually or face to face (there are two on-campus residencies, one before the first semester and one during the last semester of the program)

  • Coordinate preparation of course materials, including oversight of the course Canvas web page’s (learning management system), problem-based learning assignments, exams and quizzes, development of class readings and video recordings, etc.

  • Monitor student concerns and inquiries; conduct office hours

  • Evaluation and grading of student work


  • Assist with instruction through office hours and the Learning Management System (Canvas), review and respond to discussion board posts, and advise students as they develop a proposal for a solution, new product or service, new or improved process, or other projects that will be presented to their employer for implementation upon completion. Interface with the sponsoring employer or company of the project in support of the students’ work. 

  • Evaluate, grade student work as requested by the course Lecturer.

  • Monitor and address student concerns and inquiries.


  • Graduate degree in insurance or a related field

  • Expertise in insurer risk management, and experience in underwriting, claims, finance, legal, operations, marketing, strategic planning, and data analytics.

  • 5+ years of professional experience in an insurance or related industry company 

  • Solid knowledge and academic foundation as it relates to theories, principles, and practices of insurance

Additional Information

All Applicants, Please Provide:

  • Resume/CV, inclusive of university teaching experience -- highlight teaching at the graduate level
  • Please submit any evidence of teaching effectiveness (Students Evaluation of Teaching results, Teaching Observation summaries, etc.)

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.