University of Chicago — Instructional Professor in the Committee on International Relations

Position Description
The Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applications for one or more positions as Instructional Professor (IP) in the Committee on International Relations (CIR). This is a full-time, career track teaching position. The initial two-year appointment will begin in Academic Year 2021-22 and is renewable with opportunity for promotion. Appointments at the Assistant, Associate, and full Instructional Professor rank will be considered.

CIR’s Master of Arts program is organized around a hybrid academic/professional core curriculum that trains masters’ students for a variety of research careers.

The IP will teach four to five courses per year. This may include multiple sections of a core seminar on International Security and Order. Priority will be given to candidates who are qualified to teach international security in innovative dialogue with scholarship on international law, the global environment, or political economy. Other courses must cover topics in any of our five field specializations: (1) International Security, Conflict Studies, and Contentious Politics; (2) International Political Economy and Development; (3) Comparative Studies in Institutions and Identity; (4) Human Rights, the Environment, and International Law; and (5) Research Methods in the Social Sciences.

Additional responsibilities may include advising MA theses; supporting the professional development of students; contributing to the design and delivery of the program’s curricular and extra-curricular offerings; assisting with program admissions, staff hiring, and student recruitment.

The position includes support for professional development.

By September 1, 2021, applicants must have in hand a PhD in Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, or a related discipline with research focus on International Relations. A demonstrated record of classroom experience is required. Experience teaching graduate students and advising undergraduate or graduate research projects is highly valued.

Application Instructions
Applicants must apply online at the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website at The following materials must be submitted: 1) a cover letter, outlining the applicant’s prior training in international relations, prior teaching and mentoring experience, and suggested course offerings in our MA program; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching statement; 4) one syllabus from prior teaching and one draft core seminar syllabus; 5) course evaluations or other evidence of past excellence in teaching or mentoring; and 6) three letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin May 29, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

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

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
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