Primary Instructor

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University of Chicago
Illinois Medical District, IL
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
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Primary instructors have full responsibility for teaching a self-designed course in the Immersion program for pre-college (academically advanced high school) students, developed in collaboration with the Summer Session Office. These are graded courses designed specifically for academically advanced high school students ready to tackle UChicago undergraduate-level material and assignments, and feature both traditional (e.g., lecture, discussion) and experiential (e.g., labs, field trips) learning activities.

Immersion courses are taught in one of two formats:
  • An intensive three-week format (June 13-30 or July 5-21, 2022) that meets in-person Monday through Friday, from 9am to 3pm, with a lunch break from 11:30am to 1pm. (Please note that circumstances might necessitate moving in-person courses to remote instruction, so candidates should be ready to shift to that format. The course dates would remain the same, with some modification of the daily schedule.)
  • An intensive five-week format (July 5-August 5, 2022) that is remotely taught, with synchronous class sessions held Monday through Friday, from 6pm to 8pm Central Time, additional morning and afternoon discussion or lab sections, and asynchronous materials such as pre-recorded lectures made available via Canvas.

***While we will accept proposals for new pre-college course offerings in any academic area represented in The College (click here for the list of programs of study), the following areas are of particular interest for Summer 2022:
  • Business/Entrepreneurship
  • Computer Science
  • Law, Letters, and Society
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

See our instructional employment webpage for more information about our policies and processes.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's or Doctoral degree preferred
  • Prior teaching experience at the university or four-year college level required; familiarity with UChicago pedagogical practices, style, and curriculum preferred
  • Previous experience working with high school students or in an intensive summer program preferred, but not required
  • Candidates whose University of Chicago affiliation will end before the start of summer quarter (such as graduate students planning to graduate in the spring) will need to apply as external applicants; contact for more information

All hires must be approved by the Offices of the College Dean and Provost, are conditional on having authorization to work in the United States, and are also contingent on successful completion of a background check. All pre-college instructors must complete mandatory training on Safety of Minors on Campus compliance.

Instructors of remotely taught courses must be in the United States when teaching for the program, specifically in California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, or Wisconsin for tax purposes. Remote instructors must be able to perform their responsibilities from a remote location, and their remote work arrangements are their responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, an adequate internet connection and an adequate working space.

External candidates hired for this position will hold an appropriate title based on their status and affiliation at the time of appointment. For candidates hired as lecturers, this position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.

How to apply
  1. Visit our Immersion program webpage to learn more about the program and its current course offerings. Newly proposed courses should be of your own design, avoid replicating too closely course topics already offered, and introduce intellectually ambitious young scholars and practitioners to the leading edge theory and practice in your field.
  2. Before submitting, you may attend an information session to be held via Zoom on September 23, 2021, noon to 1pm Central, designed to provide guidance for external applicants. You may also contact Summer Session Director of Academic Programs Stephanie Friedman at sfriedmn@uchicago.eduto discuss your course ideas.
  3. Submit your proposal through the online Summer 2022 Course Proposal Form, (which will require your course description and draft syllabus).
  4. Submit your application for the Immersion program primary instructor position through the University of Chicago's Interfolio jobs board at You will be required to upload a copy of your proposal receipt (sent to you via email after you submit the online form), cover letter, CV, and reference contact information for current or previous teaching supervisor and/or department chair.
  5. Completed applications will be reviewed beginning October 11, 2021. Applications will still be accepted after this date until all positions are filled.
  6. Summer Session will notify candidates who apply by October 11 whether their proposal has been accepted for Summer 2022 by early November 2021.

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

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.
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