Primary Instructor- Summer Quarter Undergraduate Course Offering

Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 09, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time

Primary instructors have full responsibility for teaching an established or self-designed course that is part of the regular undergraduate curriculum, developed in collaboration with the home department and Summer Session, which is offered based on departmental and student needs.


Summer Session seeks an instructor in the area of Ethnographic Field Research Methods to design and teach a course that provides students in the social sciences with a review of ethnographic research methods, exposure to major debates on ethnographic research, opportunities to try their hand at practicing fieldwork virtually, and feedback on a proposed study that employs ethnographic methods.  The proposed 100-unit course must be presented in an intensive, condensed format, meeting 6 hours per week for 5 weeks, for a total of 30 contact hours from June 21-July 23. There is no reading or exam period for summer quarter courses; final exams are given during the last class session.


All instructors must coordinate with their co-instructors and teaching assistants, where applicable.


Please see for the full description of the Summer Quarter program.




  • Developing and distributing a syllabus — in consultation with any co-instructors and the chair/coordinator for that department or course sequence, that follows the established curriculum for that course, if part of the regular slate of offerings — that clearly states the objectives of the course, the requirements that students will be expected to fulfill, and the basis on which they will be graded, to be filed with the Summer Session Office before the start of the quarter
  • Preparing all course materials (e.g., ordering books and authentic materials, including desk copies for course assistants; creating the Canvas site) in advance of the beginning of the quarter, in cooperation with any co-instructors
  • Coordination among all co-instructors (where applicable) to ensure a coherent, cohesive classroom experience for students throughout the course
  • Daily coordination with teaching assistant(s) (where applicable) for delivery of additional instruction and assignments, including guidance on lesson planning and activities
  • Adhering to and announcing the University's policies on grading, attendance, class participation, and academic misconduct
  • Preparing for and meeting all scheduled class sessions
  • Maintaining regular office hours (a minimum of two hours per week)
  • Grading and commenting on papers, examinations, and other assignments in a timely manner and submitting final quarter grades by the Registrar's published deadline
  • Participating in any meetings organized by the Summer Session Office or departmental chair/coordinator
  • Assisting with student course placement, as necessary
  • Bringing to the attention of Summer Session staff any matters related to student attendance, progress, or other areas of concern


Required skills and abilities:


  • Documented excellence in pedagogy and course content
  • Willingness to learn and adhere to Summer Session and UChicago policies

Experience and education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in course-related field strongly preferred
  • Prior teaching experience at the university or four-year college level required
  • Previous experience in an intensive summer program preferred
  • Graduate student candidates may be a current PhD student or recent alumna/e
  • Graduate student candidates must have prior teaching experience, such as serving as a Teaching Assistant; experience teaching as a primary instructor is preferred, but not required. Please consult your department or committee chair or director of undergraduate studies about the suitability of your teaching as it relates to your academic


We seek experienced and diverse applicants with a documented record of successful instruction.


To apply for this position, please submit your application through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio job board at    The application must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, a proposed course outline, and reference contact information for a current or previous teaching supervisor and/or department chair.

Application deadline is April 9, 2021. 

This position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.

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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