University of Chicago Harper and Schmidt Teaching Fellowship

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The College at the University of Chicago will begin accepting applications on August 26, 2021, 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. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching as well as in their original scholarship.

Applicants must submit applications to be considered in one of the program areas listed below. Please make sure you review these options carefully before beginning your application.

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, 2022. 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 minimum annual salary for 2022 -2023 will be $72,307.80, carries full benefits, and an annual professional development fund of $5,000.

The terms and conditions of this position are described in the collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union.

The effective date for these teaching appointments will be September 1, 2022.

Online applications must be completed by October 15, 2021, 11:59:59 pm EDT. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online by October 29, 2021, 11:59:59 pm EDT.

Online Application

Deadline: October 15, 2021, 11:59:59 pm EDT

As part of your online application, you will need to provide the contact information for three references. Note: You will have the option to have submit your letters of recommendation instead of having individuals submit references online. (More information is available on Interfolio's website.)

To complete your application, you will need to upload the following supporting documents:

  • A curriculum vitae (be sure to list your full legal name)
  • A cover letter describing your past and current research as well as your teaching experience and interests.
  • A teaching statement, not to exceed 750 words, describing your methods and goals in teaching a text in a general education course. Applicants should write about a text of their own choosing.

    For Humanities, examples include Plato's Symposium, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Shakespeare's Tempest, Woolf's A Room of One's Own, or Wright's Native Son. For sample syllabi of the Humanities Core sequences click here.

    For the Social Sciences, examples include Weber's Protestant Ethic, Marx's Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, Plato's Republic, Machiavelli's The Prince, Freud's Interpretation of Dreams, a selection from The Federalist Papers, Hobbes' Leviathan, Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk, Beauvoir's The Second Sex, and Fanon's Wretched of the Earth.

    For History of European Civilization, examples include The Letters of Abelard and Heloise, Galileo's Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina, and Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès's What is the Third Estate.

    For Civilizations of East Asia, examples include The Discourse on Iron and Salt, Feng Menglong's The Pearl-Sewn Shirt, Liang Qichao's A People Made New, Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji, Fukuzawa Yukichi's "Good-bye Asia (Datsu-a)", and Leaves from an Autumn of Emergencies: Selections from the Wartime Diaries of Ordinary Japanese, edited by Samuel Yamashita.

NOTE: Your three online recommendations must also be received no later than October 29, 2021, 11:59:59 pm EDT.

Applications will be accepted starting August 26, 2021, 10:00:00 am EDT.

Important Dates

October 15, 2021, 11:59:59 pm EDT: Online application deadline
October 29, 2021, 11:59:59 pm EDT: Deadline for receipt of recommendations

December 2021 - January 2022: Additional materials will be requested from selected candidates
February 2022 - April 2022: Selected candidates will be invited for campus visits
May 2022 - June 2022: All candidates will be contacted at the conclusion of the search

August 31, 2022: Ph.D. requirements fulfilled
September 1, 2022: Teaching appointments begin

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at

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Date de candidature
4 ans
Sciences sociales : Géographie, Identités, genre et sexualités, Science politique, Sciences de l'information et de la communication, Sociologie