Teaching Fellow in the Humanities

Chicago, Illinois
01 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Apr 2019
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities
Contract Type
Full Time

The Division of the Humanities is accepting applications from current and recent graduate students in the Division for a competitive two-year program designed to enhance pedagogical skills and extend research training.
Each Teaching Fellow is paid $45,500 for the three quarters of the academic year (paid over 12 months); provided with support for research and professional development, and benefits such as health insurance coverage, access to placement services, etc.

To be eligible, applicants must be current or recent graduate students who are on track to receive or have received a PhD from a program in the Humanities Division within seven years of matriculation. Fellows are expected to be fully in residence during the three quarters of the academic year. Fellows participate in a program of professional development under the supervision of the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT) and their mentor in a relevant Divisional department. Fellows teach four courses, including at least two courses in the Humanities or Arts Core, and are expected to advance their own research agenda and participate in campus activities.

  1. Program Eligibility: To be eligible for the Teaching Fellows Program an applicant must:
  • have received or be on track to receive the PhD degree within 7 years of matriculation into a PhD program of the Humanities Division;
  • have received their PhD degree no earlier than in the Spring Quarter 2018; or be on track to complete all degree requirements and receive the PhD no later than the Summer quarter 2019,
  • identify a faculty sponsor who will commit to mentoring the Teaching Fellow during the program;
  • receive the endorsement of their department chair.

       2. Application Process: Applications are due by April 1, 2019 and must be submitted through Academic Career Opportunities at https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu at requisition 04045.

Each application must include:

  • a detailed cover letter aimed at the Teaching Fellows Program
  • a current CV;
  • a current teaching portfolio, including a teaching statement, not to exceed 750 words, describing the applicant's methods and goals in teaching a text or artwork in the Humanities Core or Arts Core. Applicants should write about a text of their own choosing. Examples in the Humanities Core include Homer's Iliad, Augustine's Confessions, Woolf's A Room of One's Own, or Wright's Native Son. Applicants from Art History, Music, or CMS may choose an artwork from their field for their teaching statement;
  • one letter of recommendation addressing the applicant's teaching experience;
  • a letter of nomination from their department chair attesting to the applicant's appropriate progress to degree and listing possible teaching assignments;
  • a letter of support and commitment from the faculty sponsor.

All letters should requested via the Academic Career Opportunities website.

      3. Selection Process: All applications will be reviewed by the HTF committee, which includes a representative of the CCT, the Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division, the Deputy Dean of the Humanities, the Dean of Students of the Humanities, the Faculty Chair of the HTF Program, and two additional faculty members from the Humanities Division designated by the Dean.

Successful Fellows and alternates will be notified by April 15, 2019. The Fellows' appointment will begin September 1, 2019 for one year and is renewable for one additional year.

The HTF appointment is contingent upon graduation no later than the Summer quarter of 2019, and on the presentation of appropriate documentation of eligibility to work lawfully in the United States by the start date of appointment. 

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