Summer Session

Summer Session Instructional Employment

The course proposal process for Summer 2021 is now closed.

Every summer, some of UChicago’s best teaching talent can be found in the classroom with our own College students as well as academically talented high school and undergraduate students from around the world. Each fall, the Summer Session Office seeks course proposals for:

  • Undergraduate Summer Quarter offerings, drawn from the existing College curriculum that primarily serve current College students
  • Pre-college courses specially designed for academically advanced high school students from around the world who are ready to tackle undergraduate-level material

The new course proposal process for Summer 2022 will be announced in late Summer 2021.  

Summer Session 2021 Course Proposal Information

To find out more about the course proposal process, contact Stephanie Friedman at at any time. We also invite you to attend an information session on Summer 2021 teaching: 

Thursday, October 8 – 4pm to 5pm via Zoom

Register at

UChicago faculty, senior lecturers and lecturers as well as external candidates are invited to propose courses for Summer Session. If selected, all candidates will need to be approved to teach by the appropriate academic department, the Dean of the College’s office, and the Provost’s office. PhD students are also welcome to submit a proposal. 

For those on 9-month appointments, all Summer Session teaching is considered extra service, whether you are a postdoctoral fellow, lecturer, or faculty member. This means that it does not count towards contractual service obligations for lecturers, senior lecturers, and faculty. It does mean, however, that you will receive additional compensation for your teaching, above and beyond your annual salary or stipend. Those on 12-month appointments should consult with their department supervisor and HR staff regarding summer teaching, which may not be compensated as extra service. 

Because they involve more contact hours, certain pre-college courses provide remuneration at a higher level than standard Summer Quarter undergraduate courses. 

All Summer Session courses are taught in an intensive format, which means that they cover the amount of material usually covered in a ten-week quarter in a shorter amount of time, either three or five weeks. For more information, see the “Guide to Summer 2021 Course Proposals” document.

  1. Review the detailed “Guide to Summer 2021 Course Proposals” document.
  2. Check the current website to review current pre-college course offerings or MyUChicago to review undergraduate offerings. New course proposals should avoid replicating existing Summer Session course topics, and instead expand offerings.
  3. Confirm with your home department that you are approved to take on additional teaching duties during the summer before submitting your proposal.
  4. Before submitting, contact Summer Session Director of Academic Programs Stephanie Friedman at to discuss your course ideas.
  5. Submit your proposal through the online Summer 2021 Course Proposal Form.
  6. Proposals must be submitted by October 19, 2020.
  1. Information Sessions will be held in early Autumn 2020 to provide more guidance for candidates.
  2. Summer 2021 course proposals must be submitted through the online form no later than October 19, 2020.
  3. In early November 2020, Summer Session will notify candidates whether their proposal is accepted for Summer 2021.