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Instructional Professor in the Social Sciences Core - Self, Culture, and Society (Open Rank)

The University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 24, 2024

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Position Type
Non-Tenure Track
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
Level of Experience
Any level of experience considered

The Social Sciences Collegiate Division and the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago are now accepting applications for a full-time Instructional Professor who will teach in the Social Sciences Core sequence Self, Culture, and Society.

Self, Culture, and Society is a three-quarter sequence that fulfills the University’s general education requirement in the social sciences. The sequence introduces students to a broad range of social scientific theories and methodologies that deepen their understanding of basic problems of cultural, social, and historical existence. More information about the Social Sciences Core can be viewed in the College’s online catalog:

The appointment is renewable, with an initial term of at least two years, beginning September 1, 2024. Appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate, and full Instructional Professor will be considered based on the candidate’s experience.

The Instructional Professor will teach six quarter-length courses each academic year (typically 2-2-2) in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division and Social Sciences Division, primarily in the Self, Culture, and Society sequence. In addition to teaching, the Instructional Professor will contribute to the ongoing development of the Core’s curriculum. The successful candidate will be required to participate actively in weekly staff meetings, attend other course-related events, and hold regular office hours.

The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the University.


The position requires a Ph.D. in a relevant field in the social sciences or humanities. Candidates must have completed all degree requirements no later than August 31, 2024. Experience teaching at the college level is required.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, you must submit your application through the University of Chicago ‘s Interfolio job board at and upload the following:

  1. a letter of application describing your academic interests and teaching background;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. syllabi of courses previously taught and/or designed by the candidate or sample syllabi of proposed courses;
  4. evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as student evaluations or performance reviews;
  5. three letters of recommendation.

Only complete applications will be considered.

The review of applications will begin on March 23, 2024, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.

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, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, military or 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 773-834-3988 or email with their request.

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