JOB: Teaching opportunity at University of Chicago

The Division of the Humanities and the College of the University of Chicago invite applications for appointment as Assistant Instructional Professor to teach in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) and in a relevant department. The application is open to individuals with a specialty in any field in the humanities who also have the ability to teach in the MAPH curriculum; we particularly encourage applicants with a background in either Philosophy or Art History to apply. The start date of the appointment will be September 1, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Instructional Professor for an initial term of two years with reappointment and progression possible following review.
Responsibilities include both teaching and service duties. Teaching consists of five courses per academic year: one section of the MAPH Core Course “Foundations of Interpretive Theory;” one section of the MAPH thesis preparation course in the Winter and Spring Quarters; two additional courses in a department relevant to the selected candidate’s expertise. Additional duties include providing academic and professional mentoring for a group of approximately 12 students over the full academic year; advising approximately 3 MA thesis per year; participating in planning and leading workshops, conferences, and events related to MAPH; participating in the MAPH admissions and recruitment process; supporting MAPH students in the job application process, including reading doctoral application materials and providing feedback on them; attending regular MAPH staff meetings and other organizational and planning meetings. Instructional Professors of all ranks are required to engage in regular professional development.


Required qualifications include:
• PhD in a field in the Humanities
• Previous teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level.
Preferred qualifications include:
• Experience teaching MA students;
• Experience advising MA theses and/or projects;
• Experience teaching in an interdisciplinary program in the humanities;
• Ability to teach MA-level and advanced undergraduate courses in either Philosophy or Art History.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit your application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at An application must include:
• a cover letter
• curriculum vitae
• teaching statement
• one sample syllabus for an MA-level course in the applicant’s field
• and the names and contact information of three potential recommenders who can speak to the applicant’s teaching experience.
All materials must be submitted by 11pm central time, 12am Eastern Time on March 30, 2023. Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials following the initial review.
This position is contingent upon budgetary approval. The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. For information on the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, please visit For questions about the position, please contact Hilary Strang at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.
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
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Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email with their request.


Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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