Collegiate Assistant Professor

The College at the University of Chicago is now accepting applications for four-year postdoctoral teaching appointments as Harper and Schmidt Fellows who hold the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor.   Collegiate Assistant Professors are members of the College Faculty whose primary responsibility is to teach in the general education (Core) program. 


Core courses in the Humanities typically deal with fundamental issues and texts in history, philosophy, and literature.  Currently, the Core is organized into eight year-long sequences: Readings in World Literature; Human Being and Citizen; Greece and Rome:  Texts, Traditions, Transformations; Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities; Media Aesthetics; Reading Cultures; Poetry and the Human; and Language and the Human.  For a description of these sequences see:


Core courses in the Social Sciences explore, on the basis of significant works, the fundamental concepts and the different modes of inquiry that have defined the social sciences in the modern period.  Currently, Collegiate Assistant Professors teach in five of the year-long sequences into which the Core is organized:  Self, Culture and Society; Classics of Social and Political Thought; Power, Identity, and Resistance; Global Society; and Social Science Inquiry.  Some Collegiate Assistant Professors also teach in the History of European Civilization Core sequence.  European Civilization is taught on the basis of intensive readings of significant primary source documents. 

For a description of these sequences see:


The positions are open to scholars in all disciplines and areas of specialization who will have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. degree no later than August 31, 2020. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in their original scholarship as well as in teaching. 


In most years, Collegiate Assistant Professors teach two courses (usually of identical preparation) for each of three quarters.  Each Collegiate Assistant Professor also has the opportunity to design an independent course and each is eligible for one quarter of research sabbatical in the third year of residence.   The position comes with an annual salary for 2020-21, of $72,307.80, carries full benefits, and an annual professional development fund of $5,000.  The effective date for these teaching appointments is September 1, 2020.


To apply for these positions, please see our web site at  The web site will be available to accept applications beginning August 26, 2019.


These positions are part of the Service Employees International Union.


Important deadlines:

On line application deadline: 11:59:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 11, 2019.

Deadline for receipt of letters of recommendations: 11:59:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 25, 2019.  This includes letters of recommendation from your three recommenders or those received from a dossier service.


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