In 2019, Dean Nirenberg created the Divinity School's Teaching Fellows (TF) Program for current students and recent alumni of the Divinity School. This two-year teaching program is designed to enhance pedagogical skills and extend research training.
Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in their original scholarship, as well as in teaching. Successful candidates will be appointed as part-time Lecturers to teach four courses per year at the undergraduate level (a combination of general education "Core" courses and teaching within disciplinary majors that will make a significant contribution to the undergraduate curriculum in their field of study).
Fellows must also participate in a structured program of professional development under the joint supervision of the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT) and their faculty mentor in the Divinity School. Each Fellow will be provided with library privileges and access to a workspace and placement services.
Fellows must be in-residence on campus during the autumn, winter, and spring quarters of the academic year. Teaching Fellow positions are part-time in order to allow Fellows time outside of work to pursue research and opportunities for career advancement. Teaching Fellows are prohibited from accepting other on-campus employment during the autumn, winter, and/or spring quarters. Any additional on-campus work during the summer quarter must be pre-approved by the Provost's Office. Requests to have additional summer employment pre-approved should be directed to Assistant Dean Sara Bigger.
The salary, 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. The salary for the 2021-2022 appointment has not yet been determined through the SEIU negotiation.
Program Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Divinity School Teaching Fellows program applicants must:
have received or be on track to complete and receive the PhD in any quarter from Summer 2019 through Summer 2021, as confirmed by the Dean of Students*;
identify a faculty sponsor who will commit to participate fully as a mentor during the program.
*In previous years, this program has been open only to students who completed the program in 8 years. Due to this year's unusual circumstances created by the pandemic, we will be accepting applications from any enrolled students and recent graduates, regardless of matriculation date. Preference will be given to students that completed the program in 8 years. We expect to be making as many as five appointments.
Application Process: Applications must be submitted through Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/82231. The application deadline is February 5, 2021.
Each application must include:
detailed cover letter, including detailed timeline for degree completion.
statement of teaching philosophy, and a proposed teaching plan, including a description of the Core sequences and RLST classes in which the Fellow would like to teach (for Core course descriptions consult:
The applicant's proposal should clearly demonstrate how the proposed RLST courses will augment the Program's overall offerings. To that end, all applicants should meet with Professor Ryan Coyne, Director of Undergraduate Studies, before submitting their application, to discuss their proposal;
3. current CV;
4. current UChicago transcript (unofficial transcript acceptable);
5. reference letter from the proposed Faculty Mentor (submitted directly to Interfolio), providing 1) assessment of the applicant's teaching and scholarship, including the role this fellowship will play in supporting the applicant's qualifications for the job market; 2) affirmation of the Faculty member's commitment to mentoring the fellow in his or her teaching in the major and/or in the Core.
6. reference letter from the applicant's dissertation advisor, providing: 1) statement confirming timeline of dissertation completion occurring no later than Summer 2021; 2) candid assessment of applicant's ability to meet deadlines as stated. Please note: it is highly recommended that applicants complete their midpoint reviews by the end of Winter 2021 to provide appropriate time for revisions for summer dissertation deposit deadline. [This requirement is waived if the PhD has already been awarded at the time of application.]
7. timeline of the applicant's dissertation completion, including: 1) detailed description of work that has been completed; 2) detailed description of remaining research and writing; 3) anticipated timeline of midpoint review and graduation. [This requirement is waived if the PhD has already been awarded at the time of application.]
Selection Process: The Teaching Committee (Professors Chavel, Coyne, Fredericks, Venkatkrishnan, Walsh, and Zoloth - along with Dean Lumpkin) will assess the application materials as well as the likelihood of completing the dissertation within the required timeline. The Selection Committee is advisory to the Dean. Notifications will be made by May 14, 2021.
Notification and Start of Program: Successful Teaching Fellows and alternates will be notified in May 2021. The Fellow's appointment will begin September 1, 2021 and will be for a period of up to two years. The initial appointment is for one year. The appointment will be renewed for a second year contingent on meeting the program requirements in the first year. Appointment to the second year is contingent upon meeting program requirements in the first year.
Appointment is contingent upon successful completion of all doctoral degree requirements before the start of the Autumn 2021 quarter. This means that applicants must have been awarded the PhD before September 1, 2021. Applicants who do not have the degree awarded by September 1, 2021 will not be eligible for appointment as Divinity Teaching Fellows. Applicants must have been awarded the PhD within the two years before the start of the 2021-22 academic year, so in any quarter from Autumn 2019 through Summer 2021.
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 https://provost.uchicago.edu/statements-diversity.
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Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email [email protected] with their request.
Internal Number: 82231
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