Instructor in Human Rights

Chicago, Illinois
25 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Description:

The Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago invites applications for a one-year, renewable post-doctoral instructor in Human Rights, beginning September 1, 2019. Responsibilities include the design and teaching of three courses over three quarters, participation in the activities of the Pozen Center for Human Rights, and advising a small number of BA or MA theses. The salary is competitive, and the instructor will receive applicable University benefits, a professional development fund, and a relocation allowance. 

We seek to attract an outstanding scholar whose work in the humanities or social sciences demonstrates excellence and addresses questions of lasting importance for the study of human rights. Candidates whose work is informed by comparative and global perspectives are preferred. Prior experience teaching undergraduates is preferred. The position is open to applicants who will have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree no later than August 31, 2019. 

Review of applications will begin on December 14, 2018, and continue until the position is filled; early submission is encouraged. Applications must be submitted online through the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website, requisition #03917.

Applications must include

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. a research statement addressing current and future research plans;
  4. a teaching statement addressing teaching experience and philosophy;
  5. a sample syllabus for an undergraduate human rights course;
  6. one sample of scholarly writing (a published article or unpublished paper or chapter); and
  7. the names and contact information of three references whose recommendation letters will be solicited automatically by the application system. Only complete applications will be considered.  

Additional Information or Requirements:


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 773-702-0287 or email with their request.  

Required Applicant Documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Statement
  • Reference Contact Info 
  • Research Statement 
  • Syllabi
  • Writing Sample 1