Faculty members at Relay take on many different roles.
Relay’s professors are experienced former PK–12 teachers and school leaders who teach core courses. These sessions focus on the knowledge and skills needed to teach any grade or subject well. You will have one faculty member leading core courses during any given school year. Professors also serve as faculty advisors to students.
Instructional Fellows and Teaching Assistants
Instructional fellows and teaching assistants are experienced former PK–12 teachers and school leaders who support deans and professors in teaching core courses. They score your work and observe you in your classroom. Instructional fellows also serve as faculty advisors, providing individualized support for you.
Relay’s research faculty members focus on advancing the institution’s contributions to the field of education research. Research faculty members prioritize four areas of research, which serve as the basis of its published research agenda. Relay’s four major areas of research interest are: elements of effective teaching, preparing effective teachers of high-need students, tracking and measuring student achievement and character development, and teachers’ career trajectories. Research faculty typically teach core courses in addition to their research responsibilities.
Curriculum Design Faculty
Curriculum design faculty members create and revise Relay’s core and content curriculum. They are experienced PK–12 teachers and school leaders with expertise in their fields of curriculum. Curriculum design faculty members typically teach core or content courses.
Relay’s adjunct instructors are experienced current PK–12 teachers and school leaders who teach content courses. These courses focus on the knowledge and skills needed to teach the grade and/or subject area that students are currently teaching. You will have one adjunct instructor leading content courses during any given school year. Adjunct instructors are referred to as “instructors” throughout this site.
Relay’s online instructors are a mix of full-time Relay faculty members and part-time Relay instructors. Online instruction can be either synchronous, meaning these instructors present online curriculum while you are experiencing it, or asynchronous, meaning these instructors prepare and present the online curriculum well in advance of when you experience it. You learn from these faculty members via online courses.