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Senior Lecturer in Law, Letters, and Society

The University of Chicago
Illinois, United States
Posted Date
Dec 30, 2019

The Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is now accepting applications for a Senior Lecturer who will teach in the program in Law, Letters, and Society. This is a full-time, career-track teaching position with a renewable, three-year appointment beginning in 2020.

The program in Law, Letters, and Society (LLSO) is an undergraduate program concerned with law and legal systems, both historically and contemporaneously, that offers a major, courses, student research opportunities, and a variety of co-curricular activities. The program is designed to develop students’ analytical skills and enable an informed, critical examination of law broadly construed. LLSO has approximately 60 undergraduate majors and offers courses taught by instructors from diverse disciplines. The current foci of the program are the study of United States law and democracy, the comparative study of legal systems across time and space, international law, and political economy.

The Senior Lecturer will teach an annual load of six courses. Four of these courses will contribute to the undergraduate offerings in LLSO, and two courses will be taught in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division’s general education sequences. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will develop the major’s political economy track, working closely with the Faculty Director to define, evaluate, and support the achievement of the track’s learning objectives across LLSO’s curriculum and initiatives, ensuring that the curriculum reflects the latest methodological and substantive developments in relevant fields. The successful candidate will supervise, evaluate, and provide pedagogical training for the program’s teaching personnel, including graduate students, teaching fellows, and professional Lecturer; coordinate the teaching of visiting faculty; and implement University guidelines on appointment and promotion. The successful candidate will develop and participate in scholarly programming and workshops, supervise student research and honors theses, and build opportunities for student internships and professional placement.

The position requires either a J.D. or a Ph.D. in history, political science, or another relevant field. Candidates must have completed all degree requirements before the start of the appointment. Teaching experience at a university or post-secondary level is required, and administrative experience is preferred.

To be considered for the position you must submit your application through the University of Chicago Academic Job Opportunities site and upload the following: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) cover letter discussing your interest and qualifications for the position; 3) a syllabus of a past taught course that includes assignments, readings, and a detailed description; and 4) contact information for three references. The application system will automatically solicit recommendation letters from the references you list in the online application.

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled or the search has ended.

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 

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.

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