Lecturer and Assistant Director of Parrhesia Program for Public Discourse

Chicago, Illinois
17 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

The Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is accepting applications for the position of a full-time Lecturer in the Parrhesia Program for Public Discourse, for a two-year renewable term beginning September 1, 2019. In addition to the appointment as Lecturer, the successful candidate will be appointed as Assistant Director of the Parrhesia Program for Public Discourse.

Rooted in the University of Chicago's principles of freedom of expression and academic inquiry, the Parrhesia Program for Public Discourse offers an innovative curriculum in the theory and practice of public discourse and deliberation. It strives to foster open and inclusive public discourse by developing students' abilities to articulate and communicate their ideas effectively, thereby allowing them to engage productively in civic deliberation and dialogue. Theory-driven as well as practice-oriented, the Parrhesia Program offers courses at multiple levels of instruction, such as courses on the history and theory of free discourse and rhetoric as well as on the principles and practices of public speaking, deliberation, and dialogue. The curriculum aims to develop communicative competence within a wide variety of communities, including academic, professional, and civic. The Parrhesia Program will be integrated into the College's distinctive undergraduate curriculum and reflects the conviction that open discourse can advance probing and challenging critical thought.

A PhD in Communication Studies or Rhetoric (or another relevant discipline) is required by the start date of the appointment. A research focus on public discourse and free expression is desirable. Experience teaching public speaking at the college or post-secondary level is required.

Demonstrated ability to contribute courses and programming to the Parrhesia Program is required. Administrative experience and professional experience in public communication, deliberation, and dialogue and/or training in these fields beyond the classroom are desirable.

The responsibilities will include teaching 6 courses per year in support of the program, including courses in free expression, rhetorical theory, and public discourse and deliberation. The Lecturer/Assistant Director will assist in designing the curriculum, developing programming, and integrating the program into the scholarly and educational life of the College.

To apply for this position go to the University of Chicago Academic Careers website at https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu, select requisition #03941, and upload a current curriculum vitae, a cover letter discussing your interest in and qualifications for the position, a sample syllabi that include assignments, readings, and a detailed description of past taught courses, and the names and contact information of three references whose recommendation letters will be solicited automatically by the Academic Career Opportunities application system.

Application deadline is November 26, 2018. Only complete applications will be considered.

This position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.