About the Position:
The Instructional Support Professional assists faculty, other
teaching personnel, and program administrations in their work
delivering undergraduate education in the social sciences. The
Instructional Support Professional’s role comprises a set of
responsibilities designed to address the SSCD’s curricular needs
and may differ each quarter. Duties include supporting instruction
in specific for-credit SSCD courses or course sequences, assisting
undergraduate students in social sciences lab or workshop settings,
advising and mentoring undergraduates conducting independent
research, grading assignments and exams, and supporting
instructors’ use of academic technologies. The Instructional
Support Professional has experience completing research and
academic work in one or more social science discipline and is
equipped to support undergraduate instruction in capacities that
range from substantive, pedagogical, methodological, technological,
to administrative. This position supports the Social Sciences Core.
The role will be a combination of the responsibilities listed
below, and the specific allocation of duties may differ each
This is a 9.5-month position paid over 12 months.
About the Unit:
The Social Sciences Collegiate Division (SSCD) is home to the
undergraduate curriculum in the social sciences, and its programs
immerse students in the full range of social science inquiry.
Through coursework, research, and other co-curricular activities,
students explore the conceptual framework, theories, and methods
essential to understanding the social, economic, political,
cultural and psychological phenomena that organize human
communities. This encounter with foundational ideas is defined by
an open and critical exchange of ideas, the practice of careful
reading, precise writing, and engaging debate. The SSCD is one of
the largest undergraduate divisions within the University of
Chicago’s undergraduate college. It comprises 20 different majors
and minors, and it is home to the Social Sciences Core and
Civilization Studies general education programs.
The Social Sciences Core is one of the general education
programs all undergraduate students at the University of Chicago
must complete. The SSCD mounts eight different SOSC Core sequences
that vary in focus but all aim to introduce students to
foundational works in the social sciences through close reading and
discussion in a seminar format. Students complete a full year of
coursework in a sequence they choose. More information about the
program and its curriculum can be found in the College Catalog:
Courses are small—with 19 or fewer students—and taught by a range
of faculty and teaching personnel from across the University. The
SSCD offers a program of writing support designed to supplement
classroom instruction by providing resources, such as workshops,
tutorials, teaching materials, and instructional consultations, to
students and instructors across selected Core
- As directed by the instructor of record, contribute to teaching
resources and student materials. .
- Attend regularly-scheduled class sessions and read all assigned
- Run weekly review and discussion sections as an accompaniment
to the scheduled course.
- Meet with students in regularly scheduled office hours.
- Read and comment on papers, exams, and other assignments and
recommend grades for individual assignments.
- Coordinate discussion sections, set up equipment, manage
reserve readings and other logistics.
- Manage the course’s academic technologies and coordinate
technological support for the instructor and students.
- Meet regularly with the Instructor of Record.
- Under the direction of Social Sciences Core writing program
directors, lead at least two sets of writing workshops per quarter
for students in all assigned sections.
- Advise students individually on Social Sciences Core writing
- Hold weekly office hours.
- Participate in the development of the Social Sciences Core
writing program’s curriculum.
- Attend regular staff meetings.
- Meet regularly with the assigned Core sections’ instructors of
- Participate in training sessions.
- Lead workshops on research methods and lab sessions for
undergraduate courses that focus on quantitative research in the
- Grade assignments, exams, and papers from a variety of
- Hold weekly office hours to guide students on coursework.
- Support program instructors’ use of academic technologies.
- Meet with regularly with program directors and instructors to
discuss program goals and curriculum.
- Under the direction of program directors, develop and deliver
pedagogical materials designed for a range of audiences
- Assist program directors with program operations and
- Attend relevant on-campus training sessions on pedagogy, social
science research methods, and academic technology.
- Participate regularly in one or more of the University’s
- Uses general understanding and experience to administer the
delivery of services to program participants and/or
- Interacts with faculty, researchers, and staff for committee
work or information;
- Performs other related work as needed.
Education: Minimum requirements include a
college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience: Minimum requirements include knowledge and
skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related
Education: Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or
Experience: Background as a teaching assistant or
instructor in the social sciences, working knowledge conducting
research in the social sciences, familiarity with the University of
Chicago’s undergraduate Core or similar general education
- Strong verbal and written communication skills including
excellent editing/proofreading in English.
- Handle multiple concurrent projects in a competent and
professional manner while also managing details and meeting
- Work effectively with supervision and as a part of a team,
individually, or in concert with other offices and campus
- Work autonomously, taking initiative and without detailed
- Maintain confidentiality/discretion at all times.
- Handle stressful situations.
- Critical thinking skills.
- Problem solving skills.
- Decision making skills.
- Reasoning skills.
- Attention to detail.
- 9.5 month position paid over 12 months.
- Some evening and weekend work.
- Office environment; minimal physical effort: keyboarding,
bending, stooping, light lifting, sitting, standing.
- Resume/CV (required)
- Cover letter, which includes your interest in this position
- References Contact Information(3)(required)
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