The University of Chicago — Instructional Professor with a specialization in Psychology, in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences

The Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applications for appointment as Instructional Professor (IP), with a specialization in Psychology, in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences ( This is a full-time, career-track teaching position that offers opportunities for both classroom teaching and for mentoring students on research projects. The initial three-year appointment will begin in Academic Year 2022-23 and is renewable with an 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 Ph.D. 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 three courses, including one section of the MAPSS core course “Perspectives in Social Science Analysis,” a graduate seminar introducing an important research methodology in psychology, and a third course oriented toward MA and/or undergraduate students.

In addition to teaching, the IP will mentor a group of 18-22 annual Psychology concentrators, most of whom will be working in labs with different PIs, and serve as the second reader on their MA theses; advise a limited number of theses as the primary reader; lead an MA Proposal Workshop; oversee lab placements and build research opportunities for admitted MA students with Principal Investigators working across the University of Chicago; serve on the Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board; hold weekly office hours; hire and manage teaching assistants; contribute to program admissions, staff hiring, and student recruitment; attend staff meetings; and support students in their applications to doctoral programs.

The position includes support for professional development. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Psychology or a Ph.D. in a related discipline before the start date. Prior teaching experience in Psychology or a related field is required.

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

The review of applications will begin on June 2nd 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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