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Harper and Schmidt Four-year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships 2018, University of Chicago, USA

Publish Date: Aug 29, 2017

Deadline: Oct 13, 2017

The University of Chicago Society of Fellows

The University of Chicago Society of Fellows will begin accepting applications on August 31, 2017 for four-year postdoctoral teaching appointments as Harper and Schmidt Fellows who hold the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor.

The Fellows are members of the College Faculty whose primary responsibility is to teach in the general education (Core) program. Candidates should demonstrate excellence in their original scholarship as well as in teaching.

Applicants must submit applications to be considered in one of the two program areas listed below. Please make sure you review these options carefully before beginning your application.

  • Core courses in the Humanities
  • Core courses in the Social Sciences/History of European Civilization Core Sequence

The Fellowships are open to scholars in all disciplines and areas of specialization who will have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. degree no later than August 31, 2018. In most years, Fellows teach two courses (usually of identical preparation) for each of three quarters. Each Fellow also has the opportunity to design an independent course and each is eligible for one quarter of research sabbatical in the third year of residence. The annual salary for 2018-2019 will be $69,500.

The effective date for these teaching appointments will be September 1, 2018.

Online applications must be completed by October 13, 2017 11:59:59 pm CDT. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online by October 27, 2017 11:59:59 pm CDT.

Online Application

Deadline: October 13, 2017 11:59:59 pm CDT

As part of your online application, you will need to provide the contact information for three references. Note: You will also have the option to have submit your letters of recommendation instead of having individuals submit references online. (More information is available on Interfolio's website.)

To complete your application, you'll need to upload the following supporting documents:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A description of either your dissertation or your most recent major research project, not to exceed 2000 words.
  • A teaching statement, not to exceed 750 words, describing your methods and goals in teaching a text in a general education course. Applicants should write about a text of their own choosing. Examples in the Humanities include Plato's Symposium, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Shakespeare's Tempest, Woolf's A Room of One's Own, or Wright's Native Son. For the Social Sciences, examples include Weber's Protestant Ethic, Marx's 18th Brumaire, Plato's Republic, Machiavelli's The Prince, Freud's Interpretation of Dreams, a selection from The Federalist Papers, or essays from Geertz's Interpretation of Cultures.

NOTE: Your three online recommendations must also be received no later than October 27, 2017 11:59:59 pm CDT.

Applications will be accepted starting August 31, 2017 10:00:00 am CDT.

Important Dates

October 13, 2017 11:59:59 pm CDT: Online application deadline
October 27, 2017 11:59:59 pm CDT: Deadline for receipt of recommendations

December 2017 - January 2018: Additional materials will be requested from selected candidates
February 2018 - April 2018: Selected candidates will be invited for campus visits
May 2018 - June 2018: All candidates will be contacted at the conclusion of the search

August 31, 2018: Ph.D. requirements fulfilled
September 1, 2018: Teaching appointments begin

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