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Collegiate Assistant Professor

The University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology
Chicago, Illinois
Closing date
Oct 3, 2021

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Non-Tenure Track
General Anthropology
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The College at the University of Chicago is now accepting applications for four-year postdoctoral teaching appointments as Harper and Schmidt Fellows who hold the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor.   Collegiate Assistant Professors are members of the College Faculty whose primary professional responsibility is to teach in the general education (Core) program. 

Core courses in the Humanities typically deal with fundamental issues and texts in history, philosophy, and literature.  Currently, the Core is organized into eight year-long sequences: Readings in World Literature; Human Being and Citizen; Greece and Rome:  Texts, Traditions, Transformations; Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities; Media Aesthetics; Reading Cultures; Poetry and the Human; and Language and the Human.  For a description of these sequences see:


Core courses in the Social Sciences explore, on the basis of significant works, the fundamental concepts and the different modes of inquiry that have defined the social sciences in the modern period.  Currently, Collegiate Assistant Professors teach in five of the year-long sequences into which the Core is organized:  Self, Culture and Society; Classics of Social and Political Thought; Power, Identity, and Resistance; Global Society; and Social Science Inquiry. For a description of these sequences see:

Some Collegiate Assistant Professors also teach in the History of European Civilization Core sequence as well as the Introductions to the Civilizations of East Asian Core sequences.  These courses are taught on the basis of intensive readings of significant primary source documents.  For descriptions of the History of European Civilization and the Civilizations of East Asia sequences see:

The positions are open to scholars in all disciplines and areas of specialization who will have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. degree no later than August 31, 2022. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching as well as in their original scholarship. 

In most years, Collegiate Assistant Professors teach two courses (usually of identical preparation) for each of three quarters.  In the third year of residence, each Collegiate Assistant Professor has the opportunity to design an independent course and each is eligible for one quarter of research sabbatical. The position comes with a minimum annual salary for 2022-23 of $72,307.80, carries full benefits, and an annual professional development fund of $5,000.  The effective date for these teaching appointments is September 1, 2022.

To apply for these positions, please see our web site at  The web site will be available to accept applications beginning August 26, 2021.

The terms and conditions of these positions are described in the collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union.


Important deadlines:

On-line application deadline: 11:59:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 15, 2021.

Deadline for receipt of letters of recommendations: 11:59:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 29, 2021.  This includes letters of recommendation from your three recommenders or those received from a dossier service.

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 at

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-0681or email with their request.




The University of Chicago (UChicagoU of C, or Chicago) is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1890, its main campus is located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. It enrolled 16,445 students in Fall 2019, including 6,286 undergraduates and 10,159 graduate students. The University of Chicago is ranked among the best universities in the world by major education publications, and it is among the most selective in the United States

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