Lecturer, Master of Science in Threat and Response Management

Illinois, United States
18 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Part Time

The University of Chicago: Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies


Chicago, IL


The Graham School is currently seeking qualified applicants for a part-time position to teach in our Master of Science in Threat and Response Management program. Current University faculty and staff, as well as professionals working in relevant positions outside of the University, are eligible to apply. In person courses are offered at our campus in downtown Chicago.

The face of emergency management is changing rapidly. Alongside traditional threats and disasters, governments, businesses and communities are facing emerging challenges due to climate change, infrastructure protection and cybersecurity risk. Combining academic inquiry with emergency management practice, the Master of Science in Threat and Response Management program helps students prepare for, respond to, and recover from crises and disaster.

Applicants must have relevant experience in emergency management, homeland or national security, cybersecurity, environmental security, social sciences, public policy, public health, legal and ethical issues, or a related field.

The program operates in an executive format and includes nine (9) hours of instruction one three-day weekend each month on Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Classes are scheduled during morning, afternoon and evening hours. Courses meet for three consecutive months during each 9 or 10-week quarter for a total of 27 instructional hours. 

Currently hiring lecturers for Autumn 2020:

  • TRM Introductions: An Evolving Threat Landscape
  • Intelligence Driven Decision Making
  • Introduction to Cyber Risk
  • Energy, Policy & Critical Infrastructure
  • Global Threats & Policy


  • Develop syllabus including monthly class schedule, discussion topics, learning objectives, reading assignments, and assessment plans.
  • Develop and execute in-class content (i.e. lectures, activities, simulations, tabletop exercises).
  • Develop asynchronous content which supplements the in-class learning experience (i.e. recorded lectures, discussion board content, project and research work).
  • Develop assignments to minimally include mid-term and final assignments and course participation grade.
  • Grade assignments and return comments and grades to students via Canvas course site in timely manner.
  • Attend all monthly in-person and/or remote synchronous sessions.
  • Hold monthly office hours to coincide with course schedule.  Instructors are expected to spend at least 3-6 hours per week meeting with students outside of the classroom experience.
  • Work with the program director and other program instructors to ensure consistency across class sections and participate in curriculum reviews.
  • Participate in Capstone Project process as scientific advisor.
  • Participate in co-curricular programming (i.e. guest lectures, instructor/student events).
  • Supplemental asynchronous content and remote synchronous instruction methods must be developed and planned in conjunction with Graham School's online instructional design and/or teaching and learning teams and approved by the program.
  • After initial review of applications, candidates may be requested to submit a course proposal.


Qualified applicants must have a graduate-level degree in a relevant field, PhD is preferred. Candidates with prior teaching experience and/or relevant practical experience are strongly preferred. For related course descriptions and additional program information, please visit www.grahamschool.uchicago.edu/msctrm .

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter describing relevant background, a curriculum vitae or resume, a writing sample, and the names of at least two professional references. Additional materials such as past teaching evaluations may also be included.