Assistant Instructional Professor, Dept. of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity

University of Chicago


The Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago invites applications for a one-year, non-renewable appointment as a full-time Assistant Instructional Professor in the Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity, beginning on or after August 1, 2024.  Responsibilities include a) designing and teaching six classes annually across our three-quarter academic year (contingent upon departmental needs), which may include serving as a preceptor for the BA thesis seminar; b) participating in the departmental workshop/speaker series; and c) advising a small number of BA theses (contingent upon student research interests).  The salary is commensurate with experience, and the candidate will also receive a standard University benefits package, a professional development fund, and a relocation allowance.

This position will be part of the SEIU bargaining unit.


Applicants must hold a PhD in Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, American Studies with an emphasis on Islam, or in a closely related field. We are particularly interested in applicants who work at the intersection of race and religion in the contemporary United States.  Prior teaching and advising experience in these areas is required.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit their materials through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio site and upload the following: 1) Cover Letter – Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) One representative writing sample – A sample of either a published piece from a book, edited volume, journal, or, if unpublished, a work or section of no more than 10,000 words, 4) a teaching statement, 5) At least one course syllabus, and 6) two letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on August 3, 2024 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

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