Faculty and student in study session at San Quentin

Apply to Teach at Mt. Tam

We seek candidates who are committed to our mission and to working with diverse communities. All faculty are required to have teaching or tutoring experience. Credit course faculty also must have a graduate degree—ideally a PhD—in a relevant discipline. People who have been directly impacted by incarceration, or who reflect the cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, and racial diversity of our student body are especially encouraged to apply.


There are a variety of roles in which educators can volunteer with Mount Tamalpais College. From course instructors to tutors to research assistants, it takes an incredible community to provide a world-class education to our students.

Mount Tamalpais College promotes a student-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally-responsive model of teaching. All volunteers should be comfortable with extensive communication with co-instructors and staff and should be open to exploring new teaching techniques.

Learn more about the different faculty positions and their requirements below.

Course Catalog

Our courses are in-classroom and discussion-based, and offer transferable credits. Because we are limited by classroom space at San Quentin, we rotate course offerings.

Meet Our Students

The students we serve at San Quentin State Prison are on a medium-security yard and are classified by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as male—including men and trans women. The majority of our students are people of color.

Meet Our Faculty

Our volunteer faculty are drawn from some of the Bay Area's most prestigious colleges and universities and are placed as instructors and tutors at San Quentin State Prison each term, three terms a year.