The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) enables incarcerated men and women to earn Bard College degrees. Established in 2001, BPI has more than 300 students across six New York correctional facilities, where they enroll full-time in liberal arts coursework representative of the four academic divisions of the college—The Arts; Languages and Literature; Social Studies; and Science, Mathematics, and Computing. More information about BPI and examples of subject areas offered at bpi.bard.edu.
BPI offers small, seminar-style courses taught in person at the same standard as on the main campus. Faculty are hired on a per-course basis; there are no full-time positions available. Stipends depend on the type of course and frequency of class meetings. Candidates interested in full-time administrative positions that include teaching should check BPI postings listed under "Administrative Positions".
Following an academic semester calendar, each course meets once or twice a week for fifteen weeks during the fall or spring semester, or for a shorter term over the summer. Classes are held Monday through Friday, and class periods are two hours.
Faculty are responsible for their own transportation to and from the facilities where they teach. Two of the six prisons where BPI operates are accessible by MetroNorth, with a short taxi ride to the prison:
Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills
Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon
The other four are only accessible by car:
Coxsackie Correctional Facility in Coxsackie
Eastern NY Correctional Facility in Napanoch
Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville
Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Woodbourne
For most but not all subject areas, Ph.D. or other terminal degree is required.
Faculty interested in teaching for BPI can apply by submitting a CV and a brief letter of interest that should include a list of courses taught, an indication of which prisons are within commuting distance, and a note about which semester or semesters they are available. Submit applications through Interfolio.com
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Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.
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Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs.Now, approximately 2,000 undergraduates study in Annandale and more than 200 graduate students study in Bard programs, plus nearly 1,000 students in our early colleges. Total enrollment for Bard College and its global affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate program at our main campus in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement. We are committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders.