University of Chicago — Senior Lecturer and Director of Advanced Undergraduate Research

The University of Chicago invites applications for a Senior Lecturer in Political Science. This is a full-time teaching position with a renewable three-year term beginning September 2018. The salary is competitive and includes benefits.

The Senior Lecturer will teach five courses per year in research design and data analysis for undergraduate majors in Political Science. Other academic responsibilities will include:

  • Participate in hiring decisions, training, supervision, and evaluation of advanced graduate students (approx. 5/year) in their instructional roles as Preceptors for undergraduate Political Science majors who are conducting a large, independent research project for the first time. This includes: leading regular meetings to coach Preceptors on pedagogic strategies and techniques; working with preceptors to effectively transition BA thesis-writers to faculty advisors; developing resources to strengthen Preceptors’ effectiveness as mentors and students’ effectiveness as independent researchers; and organizing various public forums for undergraduate thesis writers.
  • Work with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Department Chair to facilitate ongoing, active evaluation of the curriculum for the undergraduate major; define and evaluate learning objectives across a broad range of curricular and co-curricular initiatives; and implement approved changes across the curriculum.
  • Advise individual B.A. papers as needed.
  • Work closely with the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies and Chair in the development of new undergraduate curricular initiatives.

The Senior Lecturer will have the opportunity and support to pursue professional development activities that contribute to excellence in teaching and student mentorship.

Completion of PhD degree is required along with a record of strong undergraduate teaching. Experience in teaching courses in political science research and introductory statistics at the undergraduate level is preferred. Early application is strongly recommended. Review of applications will begin on April 4, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Applicants must apply on line at . Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications are required to include 1) a brief cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) three letters of recommendation; and 4) a teaching statement. If available, course evaluations from courses taught are strongly preferred. Applicants may contact the department administrator, Rose Lewis (, with further questions.

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