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Instructional Professor in Human Rights (Open Rank), University of Chicago

Instructional Professor in Human Rights

The University of Chicago’s Social Sciences Collegiate Division is seeking applications for the position of Instructional Professor (IP) (Open Rank) in Human Rights. This full-time, renewable position will begin on September 1, 2024, with an initial term of at least three years. The successful candidate will be an instructor with expertise in human rights who will contribute to the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights undergraduate curriculum.

The Instructional Professor in Human Rights will be responsible for teaching six courses per year, including an introductory course “Global Challenges to Human Rights,” as well as other courses in their area of specialization. They will support the Center’s new human rights major, which examines the theory and practice of human rights through interdisciplinary inquiry, experiential learning, and capstone research or practice-based projects.

The successful candidate will complement the teaching specialties of the Pozen Center and have a focus on one or more of the following issues: climate justice, technology and human rights, social movements, legal pluralism, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, and decolonizing human rights. Additionally, the IP will work with fellow Pozen faculty members to plan co-curricular events for the major, support student-led projects, advise BA essays, and participate in the intellectual life of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.

To learn more about the Pozen Center and its initiatives, please visit https://humanrights.uchicago.edu.

The position requires a Ph.D. in a social sciences or humanities discipline with a focus on human rights. Teaching experience and a record of scholarship or creative work are also required.

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio jobs board at http://apply.interfolio.com/127803 and upload the following:

a letter of application describing your academic interests and teaching background;
a curriculum vitae;
Syllabi of courses previously taught and/or designed by the candidate or sample syllabi of proposed courses
a teaching statement (which should include information about the candidate’s teaching and mentoring activities, teaching philosophy and goals, and should also, where possible, include a description of the candidate’s experience in teaching and mentoring students and in fostering ability to undertake research; the teaching statement may also include relevant experience in teaching and mentoring students from a diversity of backgrounds, if applicable);
evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as course evaluations or a performance review;
a chapter-length piece of writing.
Short-listed candidates will be contacted and asked to provide three letters of recommendation.

The review of applications will begin on November 10, 2023, 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

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.

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.

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 773-834-3988 or email equalopportunity@uchicago.edu with their request.