Assistant Instructional Professor in the Humanities General Education Sequences
University of Chicago Humanities Collegiate Division
United States


The Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is now accepting applications for up to three appointments as Assistant Instructional Professor to teach in the Humanities General Education (“Core”) sequences. In particular, we are interested in candidates qualified to teach in two sequences: Language and the Human and Reading Cultures. More information about the Humanities Core in general and these two sequences in particular can be found here.

These are a full-time, benefits-eligible, positions with a one-year, non-renewable, term starting 1 September 2021 and ending 31 August 2022. The teaching load will be seven sections in one of the two aforementioned Humanities Core sequences, distributed 3-3-1 (over the Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters). In addition to teaching, Assistant Instructional Professors in the Humanities Core are required to participate in the weekly staff meetings and other events (lectures, performances, etc.) associated with the Core sequence(s) to which they are assigned, and to help organize and run the pedagogical programming connected to the Humanities Core curriculum.

Part of every first-year student’s course schedule, the Humanities Core is the foundation of Chicago’s general education curriculum. It is instrumental in facilitating the transition from high school to College by helping students become independent thinkers. In small discussion-based seminars, students learn and practice the art of oral argument and dialogue. The Humanities Core teaches students to read closely, think critically, and write effectively. By engaging with texts and artworks of great complexity and enduring significance, students grapple with the philosophical, literary, and aesthetic questions and issues that underpin the humanities. Further information on the College’s Core Curriculum can be found in the College Catalog.

The position requires a PhD or equivalent in a relevant humanistic discipline, substantial teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level, and evidence of pedagogical excellence. Experience teaching in a general education or core curriculum is desirable.

To apply for this position candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago's Interfolio jobs board at Applicants must upload a current curriculum vitae; a cover letter of interest; a statement of teaching philosophy describing the applicant’s methods and goals in teaching a text in the Humanities Core (sample syllabi are available through the first URL above); and the names and contact information of three references whose recommendation letters may be solicited. Optionally, applicants may upload a teaching portfolio containing samples of pedagogical materials (syllabi, assignments, assessments, etc.), which demonstrate the candidate’s approach to teaching and pedagogical expertise, as well as sample student teaching evaluations.

Application deadline is 15 August 2021. Only complete applications will be considered. Please contact Norah O’Donnell ( with any questions.

The position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.

The positions are contingent upon final budgetary approval.

The University of Chicago is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out Interfolio's help and support section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877) 997-8807.

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