University of Chicago — Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods

The Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applications for a position as Senior Lecturer in a new Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. This is a full-time teaching position beginning September 2019 with a renewable three-year term contingent upon satisfactory performance review. The salary (nine months) and benefits are competitive commensurate with experience. 

To be eligible, candidates must have a PhD in a social, behavioral, or health science field with a strong focus on the application of quantitative research methods and a record of excellence in teaching and advising/mentoring students. 

The Senior Lecturer will teach four courses per year in quantitative research methods (at least one course per quarter during the three-quarter academic year). One course will be a discussion session prior to each biweekly Quantitative Research Methods (QRM) Workshop; the discussion session is designed to engage students in technical writings that each workshop speaker will distribute ahead of time, provide scaffolding in content knowledge, and facilitate student participation in intellectual exchanges. For the remaining three courses, the ideal candidate would be able to teach one or two courses on psychometrics and multivariate statistics, and one or two courses to be determined on a yearly basis according to individual expertise and program needs. The courses will be open to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students. Additional responsibilities will include the following: 

Program Development and Management 

  • participate in applicant evaluation, admissions decisions, and recruitment for the Master of Arts Program in Social Sciences (MAPSS) section for Quantitative Methods and Social Analysis (QMSA); advise individual M.A. theses as needed; participate in hiring decisions, training, supervision, and evaluation of an advanced doctoral student Preceptor in MAPSS for the QMSA section;
  • co-author doctoral training grant applications and manage or participate in managing training grant awards; 
  • work with the faculty director of QRM and the Curriculum Subcommittee to lead ongoing development and review of the curriculum for a new certificate in Advanced Quantitative Methods for students enrolled in graduate degree programs and ensure that the curriculum reflects the latest methodological developments; define and evaluate learning objectives across curricular and co-curricular initiatives; implement faculty- approved changes across the curriculum; coordinate QRM course offerings across departments for each following academic year; 
  • lead ongoing development and review of the curriculum for a college minor in Quantitative Social Analysis; 
  • organize the biweekly Quantitative Research Methods (QRM) Workshop; participate in selecting, orientating, and hosting external speakers (including engaging intellectually with scholarship in various fields); 
  • oversee regular updating of academic information on the QRM website;

Academic Advising

  • organize quarterly information sessions and advise students on course opportunities in quantitative methods; 
  • advise MAPSS QMSA students who are applying to PhD programs or are seeking other professional placement, write letters of recommendation.

Applicants must apply on the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website at The following materials should be submitted: 1) a cover letter describing academic specialty, teaching interests, and qualifications for teaching, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a chapter-length writing sample, 4) Syllabi for two proposed courses, 5) course evaluations or evidence of past teaching performance, and 6) three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin September 22, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Later applicants are encouraged to contact Aasha Francis,, for updates on the status of the search.

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Required Application Documents: 

  • Cover Letter 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Writing Sample 
  • Syllabi 
  • Teaching Evaluations 
  • Three letters of reference

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