Wellness and Resilience for College and Beyond (PITT0130): Recitation Instructor Responsibilities and Compensation


Wellness and Resilience for College and Beyond is a 3-credit course designed to teach undergraduate students evidence-based skills for mental health and wellbeing. For more information about the course, including a short video of what former students say about their experiences with the course, click here. The course includes weekly 90-minute lectures and weekly 1-hour recitations. The lecture instructors, along with Dr. Carla Chugani, who oversees the course as the instructor of record, hold primary responsibility for most administrative tasks (e.g., responding to student concerns, exam administration, entering grades, etc.). Recitation instructors teach in teams of 2 instructors per section of 30 students. Recitation instructors who have never previously taught the course will be paired with an experienced instructor. Recitation instructors need not have any formal training in a clinical area (e.g., counseling, social work, psychology, etc.).

Recitation Instructor Responsibilities

  1. Co-lead weekly recitation sections (1 hour of class time per week)
  2. Grade weekly homework posts (each post is 3-4 pages double spaced; estimated time commitment is approximately 2 hours per week, per co-instructor)
  3. Grade weekly diary card homework submissions (these are extremely easy to grade and can be completed in 30-60 seconds per submission)
  4. Participate in bi-weekly teaching team meetings (Two 30-minute meetings per month)
  5. Respond to student emails (e.g., extension requests, etc.) as needed in collaboration with lecture instructors

Requirements and Qualifications for Recitation Instructors

  1. You must have permission from your supervisor to participate, as some of the responsibilities (e.g., teaching, responding to emails) occur during business hours.
    1. Agreements about whether participating in this course constitutes fulfillment of your current job duties or not must be made with your supervisor, as the Office of the Provost does not have oversight on these matters.
  2. Participation in a training event delivered by Drs. James Mazza and Carla Chugani to learn to teach the course. Training for 2023 is TBD and will include approximately 4 hours of training per day for that week.


Recitation instructors are compensated at a rate of $1500 per semester. Compensation is paid by the Office of the Provost and will be processed as a lump-sum payment at the end of the semester.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply to join our team of recitation instructors, please complete the brief electronic application. Please direct any questions to Ahmed Ghuman at ahmed.ghuman@pitt.edu.