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Instructional Professor - Committee on International Relations

The University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Posted Date
Sep 28, 2022
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The Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applications for one or more positions as Instructional Professor (IP) in the Committee on International Relations (CIR). This is a full-time, career track teaching position. Appointments at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Instructional Professor rank will be considered. The initial term will be for three to five years, depending on rank, beginning in September 2023.


Characterized by a strong focus on academic research and intellectual collaboration among disciplines, CIR’s Master of Arts program is organized around a hybrid academic/professional core curriculum that trains master’s students for a variety of research careers.

The IP will teach four to five courses per year.  This may include multiple sections of a core seminar on International Security and Order, International Political Economy, or Global Governance, Rights, and Norms. Other courses must cover topics in any of our five field specializations: (1) International Security, Conflict Studies, and Contentious Politics; (2) International Political Economy and Development; (3) Comparative Studies in Institutions and Identity; (4) Human Rights, the Environment, and International Law; and (5) Research Methods in the Social Sciences. 

Additional responsibilities will include advising MA theses; and may include supporting the professional development of students; contributing to the design and delivery of the program’s curricular and extra-curricular offerings; and assisting with program admissions, staff hiring, and student recruitment.

The position includes support for professional development. 



By September 1, 2023, applicants must have in hand a PhD in Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, or a related discipline with research focus on International Relations.  Experience teaching graduate students and advising undergraduate or graduate research projects is highly valued. Preference will be given to candidates who work in Global Environment and Transnational Challenges, the Politics of Asia, or Research Methods, but we are open to any area of substantive focus. 


Application Instructions

The following materials must be submitted: 1) a cover letter, outlining the applicant’s prior training in international relations, prior teaching and mentoring experience, and suggested course offerings in our MA program; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching statement; 4) one syllabus from prior teaching and one draft core seminar syllabus; 5) course evaluations or other evidence of past excellence in teaching or mentoring, and 6) three letters of reference.

The review of applications will begin on October 26, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

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


EEO 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 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.


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