Instructional Professor in Global Studies (Open Rank)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 18 Feb 2023

The Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is now accepting applications for a full-time Instructional Professor (open rank) who will teach in the Global Studies Program. The appointment is renewable, with an initial term of at least two years, beginning September 1, 2023. Appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate, and full Instructional Professor will be considered based on the candidate’s experience.

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program concerned with global issues as they relate to political economies, law and governance, migration, cultures, and health both historically and contemporaneously. The program offers an undergraduate major, courses, a variety of co-curricular activities, and opportunities for student research. Students majoring in Global Studies are guided by a set of thematic tracks, including Political Economy; Health Environment, and Urban Studies; Law, Borders, and Security; and Race, Gender, and Religion. Global Studies currently seeks to enrich its curriculum in all areas, and the program plans to expand its offerings in the areas of international law, political economy, labor, health, and policy analysis as well as global technology. More information about Global Studies can be found on the program’s website: .   

The Instructional Professor will teach an annual load of six courses, including Global Studies’ two-quarter B.A. thesis seminar. In addition to teaching sections of the seminar, the Instructional Professor will work with Global Studies leadership to redesign its curriculum to align with the program’s new thematic tracks and offer more robust preparation in writing, research, and methods. The Instructional Professor will also develop thesis seminar curriculum, establish the annual thesis schedule, and coordinate I.R.B. protocol. Remaining courses will include a methods course (which may be interdisciplinary or be rooted in the methods of one of the relevant social sciences such as anthropology or sociology) and topical courses that contribute to the program’s areas of strategic growth, including international law, political economy, labor, health, policy analysis, and technology, or serve to strengthen offerings in other specialties. The Instructional Professor will also be responsible for advising students in the major; advising a small number of B.A. thesis projects; developing and supporting programming and events; and supporting new initiatives in our global centers.

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


The position requires a Ph.D. in the social sciences or area studies or a J.D. An academic background focusing on issues of economic, political, and cultural globalization or processes that deal with more than one region of the world is required. The area of regional expertise is open; applicants with a background in Latin American or African Studies are preferred. Applicants must have a record of independent teaching at the college level, in both interdisciplinary courses and courses offering foundational methods in the applicant’s field, and a record of research and publication in global studies.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio jobs board at , and upload the following: 1) a letter of application describing your academic interests and teaching background; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching statement (which should include information about the candidate’s teaching and mentoring activities, teaching philosophy and goals, and should also, where possible, include a description of the candidate’s experience in teaching and mentoring students, research or teaching assistants, or postdoctoral fellows, and in fostering their learning and ability to do research; the teaching statement may also include relevant experience in teaching and mentoring students from a diversity of backgrounds, if applicable); 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as course evaluations or a performance review; 5) a sample syllabus: and 6) a chapter-length piece of writing. Short-listed candidates will be contacted and asked to provide three letters of recommendation.

The review of applications will begin on February 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Position contingent upon budget approval.

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