Primary Instructor, Summer Language Institute

Illinois, United States
26 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Jan 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Primary instructors have full responsibility for teaching one or more sections of an established language course, in collaboration with the home department and Summer Session, which are offered based on departmental and student needs.

Summer Intensive Introductory Ancient Greek (GREK 10123) is taught in an intensive, condensed format; this 300-unit course meets 5 days each week for 8 weeks. Responsibility for teaching the courses is often divided into two or three separate 3- or 4-week positions (equivalent to teaching 100 or 150 units, and compensated accordingly).

Because SLI courses have multiple instructors and/or language assistants, all instructors must be prepared to coordinate with their co-instructors and/or language assistants.

Please see for the full descriptions of the program and courses.


    Adapting a syllabus, in consultation with all co-instructors and the coordinator or language program director for that language, that follows the established departmental curriculum for that language, and that clearly states the objectives of the course, the requirements that students will be expected to fulfill, and the basis on which they will be graded, to be filed with the Summer Session Office prior to the start of the quarter
    Preparing all course materials (e.g., ordering books and authentic materials, including desk copies for language assistants; creating and maintaining the Canvas site) in advance of the beginning of summer quarter, in cooperation with all co-instructors
    Coordination among all co-instructors to ensure a coherent, cohesive classroom experience for students throughout the course
    Daily coordination with Language Assistant(s) for delivery of additional instruction and assignments, including guidance on lesson planning and activities
    Adhering to and announcing the University's and the Summer Session Office’s policies on grading, attendance, class participation, and academic misconduct
    Preparing for and meeting all scheduled class sessions
    Maintaining regular office hours (a minimum of two hours per week)
    Grading and commenting on papers and examinations in a timely manner and submitting final quarter grades by the Registrar's published deadline
    Participating in any meetings organized by the Summer Session Office, Office of Language Assessment, or departmental language coordinator
    Assisting with student course placement, as necessary
    For 300-unit intensive modern language courses: Supporting the administration of a four-skills proficiency exam at the end of the course, including, where necessary, training in the administration and grading of the exam components, under the direction of the Office of Language Assessment
    Collaborating with co-instructors and Summer Session Office to plan and implement related cultural activities for students (such as film screenings or field trips)
    Bringing to the attention of Summer Session staff any matters related to student attendance, progress, or other areas of concern

Required skills and abilities:

    Documented excellence in second-language pedagogy and oral communication
    Knowledge of different approaches to language pedagogy, including communicative and content-based instruction
    Willingness to employ online pedagogical tools
    Willingness to learn and adhere to Summer Session Office and UChicago policies Experience and education:
    Bachelor’s degree required
    Master's degree or Ph.D. in language teaching, language area, or related field strongly preferred
    Prior language-instruction experience in the target language at the university or four-year college level required
    Native or near-native ability in the target language required
    Previous experience in an intensive summer program preferred
    Knowledge of four skills proficiency assessments and previous experience with proficiency-oriented language instruction preferred
    Graduate student candidates may be a current PhD student or recent alumna/e
    Graduate student candidates must have prior teaching experience, such as serving as a Teaching Assistant; experience teaching as a primary instructor is preferred, but not required. Please consult your department or committee chair or director of undergraduate studies about the suitability of your teaching as it relates to your academic plan.

We seek experienced and diverse applicants with a documented record of successful language instruction.

Required Applicant Documents:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching evaluations
  • Reference contact information for current or previous language teaching supervisor and/or department chair

To apply for this position candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio jobs board at, and upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, and reference contact information for current or previous teaching supervisor and/or department chair.  Application deadline is January 8, 2021.