Assistant Instructional Professor in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities

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Assistant Instructional Professor in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities

Humanities Division
Position Type: Other Academic Appointee

Chicago, IL

May 7, 2021


The Division of the Humanities and the College of the University of Chicago invite applications for appointment as Assistant Instructional Professor to teach in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) and in a relevant department. The application is open to individuals with a specialty in any field in the humanities who also have the ability to teach in the MAPH curriculum ; we particularly encourage applicants with a background in either Art History or Philosophy to apply. The start date of the appointment will be August 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Instructional Professor for an initial term of two years with reappointment and progression possible following review.

Responsibilities include both teaching and service duties. Teaching consists of five courses per academic year: one section of the MAPH Core Course “Foundations of Interpretive Theory ;” one section of the MAPH thesis preparation course in the Winter and Spring Quarters; two additional courses in a department relevant to the selected candidate’s expertise. Additional duties include providing academic and professional mentoring for a group of approximately 12 students over the full academic year; advising approximately 3 MA thesis per year; participating in planning and leading workshops, conferences, and events related to MAPH; participating in the MAPH admissions and recruitment process; supporting MAPH students in the job application process, including reading doctoral application materials and providing feedback on them; attending regular MAPH staff meetings and other organizational and planning meetings. Instructional Professors of all ranks are required to engage in regular professional development.


Required qualifications include:

  • PhD in a field in the Humanities
  • Previous teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience teaching MA students;
  • Experience advising MA theses and/or projects;
  • Experience teaching in an interdisciplinary program in the humanities;
  • Ability to teach MA-level and advanced undergraduate courses in either Art History or Philosophy.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit your application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at . An application must include:

  • a cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • teaching statement
  • one sample syllabus for an MA-level course in the applicant’s field
  • and the names and contact information of three potential recommenders who can speak to the applicant’s teaching experience.

The review of applications will begin on June 7, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled or the posting is closed.

Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials following the initial review.

This position is contingent upon budgetary approval. The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. For information on the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, please visit . For questions about the position, please contact Hilary Strang at .

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at .

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination .

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.

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