The University of Chicago
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA
Position Description

The Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applications for appointment as Instructional Professor (IP), with a specialization in Political Science, in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences ( This is a full-time, career track teaching position. The initial three-year appointment will begin in Academic Year 2022-23 and is renewable with opportunity for promotion. Appointment at rank Assistant, Associate, and full Instructional Professor will be considered based on the candidate’s experience.

MAPSS recruits talented students from across the United States and around the world. Approximately 35% go on to elite PhD programs after they graduate, while the majority pursue research-oriented careers with the help of an in-house Career Service team. Students are selected from a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, and research trajectories, and help to make the Division of Social Sciences a more diverse and vibrant intellectual community.

The IP will annually teach four courses, including one section of the MAPSS core course “Perspectives in Social Science Analysis,” at least one graduate seminar introducing an important research methodology in political science, and other courses oriented toward MA and/or undergraduate students at the University of Chicago, according to program need.

In addition to teaching, the IP will mentor a group of 18-22 MA students over the MA year and serve as second reader on their MA theses; advise a limited number of theses as the primary reader; lead an MA Proposal Workshop; hold weekly office hours; hire and manage teaching assistants; contribute to program admissions, staff hiring, and student recruitment; attend staff meetings; support students in their applications to doctoral programs; and participate on decision-making committees (e.g. student prizes).

The position includes support for professional development.


Applicants must have a PhD in Political Science in hand prior to the start date. Prior teaching experience is expected.

Application Instructions

The following materials must be submitted through Interfolio at : 1) a cover letter, outlining the applicant’s prior training in Political Science, prior teaching or mentoring experience, and suggested course offerings; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) an article-length writing sample; 4) at least one course syllabus; 5) course evaluations or other evidence of past excellence in teaching or mentoring; and 6) the names and contact information for three recommenders.

Review of applications will begin on April 11 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

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


Equal Employment Opportunity 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’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 773-702-1032 or email [email protected] with their request.