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Job Ad–Earl S. Johnson Instructor in History

The Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applications for appointment as Earl S. Johnson Instructor in History in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences ( This is a full-time teaching position offering opportunities for both classroom teaching and mentoring students on research projects. This instructorship is renewable annually to a maximum term of three years, beginning September 1, 2023.

MAPSS is a one-year program providing students with a foundation in graduate-level interdisciplinary social science research. Students concentrate in psychology, economics, anthropology, history, political science, sociology, or in interdisciplinary research, and work directly with UChicago faculty on an original MA thesis project. MAPSS is highly selective for admission and 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 the Social Sciences a more diverse and vibrant intellectual community.

The Earl S. Johnson Instructor will annually teach four courses, including one section of the MAPSS core course “Perspectives in Social Science Analysis,” at least one graduate seminar introducing an important research methodology in history, and other courses oriented toward MA and/or undergraduate students, according to program need.

In addition to teaching, the Earl S. Johnson Instructor will annually mentor a group of 18-22 students concentrating in history or a related field and serve as second reader on their MA theses; advise a limited number of theses as the primary reader; lead an MA Proposal Workshop; hold weekly office hours; hire and manage teaching assistants; contribute to program admissions, staff hiring, and student recruitment; attend staff meetings; support students in their applications to doctoral programs; and participate on decision-making committees (e.g. student prizes).

The position includes support for professional development, including funds to attend conferences and workshops, as well as mentoring from senior members of the MAPSS instructional team. The position also offers opportunities to participate in the intellectual life of the University.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in history prior the start date. Prior teaching experience in history 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 history, their prior teaching or mentoring experience, and their suggested course offerings; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) an article-length writing sample; 4) three letters of reference; 5) at least one course syllabus designed by the candidate, and 6) course evaluations or other evidence of past excellence in teaching or mentoring.

Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email with their request.

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