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The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that administers the Semester at Sea (SAS) global study abroad program. With international headquarters located in Fort Collins, Colorado, ISE hires the faculty, staff, and professionals who travel aboard our ship each academic term as well as those who manage operations from the Fort Collins office.

Faculty Positions

Teaching on a floating campus that is traveling around the world is one of the most professionally and personally rewarding experiences imaginable. Collectively, our faculty is expert, dynamic, and curious: 100% hold doctorates or other terminal degrees and 100% have international experience and expertise in one or more of the regions visited.

Faculty Positions

Staff Positions

A wide range of professional staff positions are hired each voyage. The excitement of teaching and working aboard a ship, the experience of applying your skills in a global context, and the sense of shipboard community on Semester at Sea contributes to job satisfaction.

Staff Positions

Home Office Positions

Working for Semester at Sea and the Institute for Shipboard Education means being a part of an innovative and growing team, working in beautiful surroundings near the Rocky Mountains and Colorado State University.

Administrative Assistant

Equal Opportunity Employer

The vision of the Institute for Shipboard Education is to be the leader in comparative global education. SAS participants enroll for a variety of academic, career, and personal goals, which range from international skills development to cross-cultural exchange to gaining a deeper global perspective. ISE hopes to attract the best professional faculty and staff interested in teaching global and comparative curricula, and in the management and operation of a shipboard education program.

ISE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We seek to employ and promote the best qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Hiring Process

Step 1

Review of applications

Staff applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of ISE staff and the executive dean of the voyage, while faculty positions are reviewed by ISE staff and the academic dean. The final hiring decision lies with the executive dean and the academic dean respectively.

You may submit an application for as many positions that you qualify for, and for as many voyages as you are available for.

Step 2

Interviews with finalists

If you are selected as a finalist for a position, you will be contacted for a telephone interview by an ISE screener, the academic or executive dean respectively.

If you are not selected for a voyage, once the position is filled, you will receive an email notification.

Step 3

Appointments made

Generally, staff appointments are made eight to twelve months prior to sailing, while faculty appointments are made ten to eighteen months prior. However, ISE reserves the right to fill any position at any time. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Competition for ISE positions can be very intense and we are often asked why one applicant is hired over another. Our aim is to build a team for each voyage that will work closely together to fulfill the mission of our program. Careful attention is given to how the staff and faculty members complement each other’s skills and personalities. For this reason, while you may be a qualified candidate, it may be difficult to be selected unless you have the flexibility to be considered for several voyages.

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Faculty Positions                                               Staff Positions

Director of Academic Administration                 Human Resource Coordinator

Jodi Reesman                                                           Jessica Zaksek
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Home Office Positions

Human Resources Director
Michelle Dietz