Senior Instructional Professor in Global Studies

Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 26, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is now accepting applications for a Senior Instructional Professor (open rank) who will teach in the Global Studies Program. This is a full-time, career-track teaching position with a renewable, three-year appointment beginning September 1, 2021.

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. 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.  

The successful candidate will work closely with the Faculty Director and the Associate Director of the Global Studies Program to lead the program’s strategic development and implementation of curricular goals. With the Faculty Director and the Associate Director, the Senior Instructional Professor will define, evaluate, and support the achievement of learning objectives across Global Studies’ curricular programs and initiatives, ensuring that the curriculum reflects the latest methodological and substantive developments in the relevant fields; develop study abroad initiatives at the UChicago Centers in Beijing, Delhi, Hong Kong, and Paris; and program events for the undergraduate majors.

The successful candidate will participate in supervising, evaluating, and providing pedagogical training for the program’s teaching personnel, who are represented by the Service Employees International Union. They will also supervise graduate students who are engaged in the program,  coordinate the teaching of visiting faculty, develop and participate in scholarly programming and workshops, supervise student research, build opportunities for student internships and professional placement, and work with the Faculty Director and Associate Director in an administrative capacity to ensure the success of these programs and other initiatives that support undergraduate student education.   

The Senior Instructional Professor will typically teach an annual load of four courses, including the Global Studies major’s two-quarter core sequence on global issues. The remaining courses may 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 Senior Instructional Professor will also oversee the B.A. thesis process by coordinating its curriculum, establishing its annual schedule, coordinating I.R.B. protocol, and recruiting and overseeing instructional staff; develop coursework that contributes to the Global Studies major; advise undergraduate thesis projects; and advise students in the major; be responsible for all event and programming initiatives; help maintain and update the website; and work to coordinate new initiatives in our global centers.


The position requires a Ph.D. in the social sciences or area studies or a J.D. and an academic background focusing on issues of economic, political, and cultural globalization or processes that deal with more than one region of the world. 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. A record of developing curriculum and coordinating curricular initiatives is preferred.

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) teaching evaluations; 4) a chapter-length piece of writing; and 5) the names and contact information for three references. The application system will automatically solicit recommendation letters from the references you list in the online application.

The review of applications will begin on April 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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’s Statements on Diversity are at

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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