Apply for Jobs in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division

Applications for the 2013-2014 academic year will be accepted March 1 through April 30, 2013.

The Social Sciences Core and Civilization Studies sequences offer two teaching opportunities for graduate students: teaching internships and lectureships. These jobs are open only to University of Chicago PhD students. This site provides information regarding course curriculum Sequence and Job Descriptions, job responsibilities, and the application process. Contact the SSCD Division Coordinator at sscd-jobs@uchicago.edu with questions about this site.

Applications for teaching internships and lectureships consist of two parts: an online application and the supplemental documents listed with the application form. Use the links below to access the online forms. Applicants may use the same supplemental materials for multiple applications or may choose to submit a separate set of supplemental materials for each application. Students applying for more than one position must submit an online application for each position. Internship applicants may apply for up to three positions. Lectureship applicants can apply in one Core sequence and up to two Civilization Studies sequences. The information below further defines the application policies and job expectations for each position.

The deadline for all applications is April 30, 2013. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Application decisions will be sent by email in June.

APPLY FOR A TEACHING INTERNSHIP

APPLY FOR A LECTURESHIP

ABOUT SSCD TEACHING INTERNSHIPS

Applicant Requirements for Teaching Interns
The following information applies to Teaching Internships in the SSCD in general. Requirements that are specific to particular courses are given in the job descriptions Sequence and Job Descriptions for those courses below.

  • Must be in at least third year of scholastic residency during the internship
  • Preference given to students who have passed qualifying exams
  • Applicants to History of European Civilization must complete their oral exams before beginning the internship
  • Must complete full term of internship to be considered for a lectureship
    Length of commitment varies from sequence to sequence

The Teaching Intern’s Role

Interns are apprentices to the faculty in whose course they have been appointed. They are expected to learn from the supervising faculty member how to teach a course in the Core Curriculum to a small number of students in a seminar-style discussion class. They are being trained by the supervising faculty in order to assure a steady supply of advanced graduate students who are qualified to teach the University of Chicago’s Core Curriculum in keeping with the traditions of the College and the standards demanded by the faculty. Members of the faculty who have interns assigned to them retain full responsibility for all aspects of the course. Interns may be asked to assist the supervising faculty member in certain regards, but their main responsibility is to learn how to teach the course on their own.

The Teaching Intern’s Responsibilities

  • Attend the fall workshops on teaching in the College offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning, unless they have already done so for prior teaching appointments
  • Meet on a regular basis with the faculty member supervising them in order to discuss the progress of the class and the ways in which an experienced instructor handles the pedagogical, intellectual, and administrative issues such a class raises
  • Read the assigned materials
  • Attend the meetings of each class
  • Learn how to grade papers and exams
  • Teach one or two classes per quarter under the supervision of the faculty member to whom they have been appointed
    Participate in weekly and quarterly staff meetings

APPLY FOR A TEACHING INTERNSHIP

ABOUT SSCD LECTURESHIPS

Applicant Requirements for Lectureships
The following information applies to Lectureships in the SSCD in general. Requirements that are specific to particular courses are given in the job descriptions Sequence and Job Descriptions for those courses below.

  • Must be in at least fourth year of scholastic residency
  • Must have completed a full internship in the same sequence
  • Lecturers are chosen on the basis of their qualifications as teachers and scholars, the progress of their dissertation, and their willingness to participate actively in the affairs of the staff.

The Lecturer’s Role
Lecturers have full responsibility for teaching one or more sections of an SSCD Core course in the social sciences or civilization studies for one or more quarters. Within limits established by tradition, faculty consensus, and a syllabus of shared readings, lecturers have discretion to teach the course as they prefer. In order to maintain the intellectual and pedagogical cohesion of the curriculum, lecturers are expected to participate in meetings of the staff teaching the course to which they have been appointed.

The Lecturer’s Responsibilities

  • Attend the fall workshops on teaching in the College offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning, unless they have already done so for prior teaching appointments
  • Participate in weekly and quarterly staff meetings
  • Order books and put readings on reserve well in advance of the beginning of the quarter
  • Prepare a syllabus that clearly states the objectives of the course, the requirements that students will be expected to fulfill, and the basis on which they will be graded
  • Announce clear policies on grading, attendance, class participation, and cheating, and adhere to those policies
  • Grade and comment on papers and examinations on a timely basis
  • Maintain office hours
  • Give students feedback on their performance

APPLY FOR A LECTURESHIP

COURSE SEQUENCE AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Classics of Social and Political Thought
Mind
Power, Identity, Resistance
Self, Culture, and Society
Social Science Inquiry
America in World Civilization
Colonizations
History of European Civilization