University of Chicago — Part-Time Lecturer in Chicago Studies

The Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is now accepting applications for a part-time Lecturer to teach a course in its Chicago Studies program during the 2022-23 school year. Chicago Studies aims to forge bonds between the College and our city through a range of programming, including courses that engage Chicago through experiential learning. This particular course would be offered in conjunction with the University’s ongoing commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture and a significant influence on the South Side, including the University’s campus and its immediate surroundings. More information about Chicago Studies and its course offerings can be found on the Chicago Studies website:

The lecturer will teach one undergraduate course on researching and writing Chicago histories with an emphasis on historic preservation.  The class should expose students to key regional archives; teach research methodologies applicable to sites and landscapes, with a special focus on Chicago’s historic park system; and offer students practical recommendations for learning about unpreserved sites. As a Chicago Studies class, its pedagogy should include excursions into the city, engagement with local guest speakers, and course-based undergraduate research in relevant Chicago-area archives/special collections to enrich students’ learning.


Applicants must have an advanced degree in an area relevant to history, architecture, and/or environmental studies as well as experience teaching at the college level. Practical experience in historical research and preservation in the Chicago area and/or expertise related to the Chicago Park District is strongly preferred.

Application Instructions

To be considered for the position you must submit your application through the University of Chicago Academic Job Opportunities site and upload the following: 1) a cover letter describing your academic interests, teaching background, and teaching qualifications; 2) a current CV; and 3) a description of the course you propose to teach. Review of applications will begin on November 11, 2022, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the University.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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