Instructional Professor in Law, Letters, and Society (Open Rank)

The University of Chicago

The Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is now accepting applications for a full-time Instructional Professor who will teach in the program in Law, Letters, and Society. The appointment is renewable, and the initial three-year term begins September 1, 2024. Appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate, and full Instructional Professor will be considered based on the candidate’s experience.

The program in Law, Letters, and Society (LLSO) is an undergraduate program that offers a major, courses, student research opportunities, and a variety of co-curricular activities. The program is designed to develop students’ analytical skills and enable informed and critical examination of law broadly construed. Rather than situating the study of the law solely in contemporary debates in the field of American constitutional law, LLSO seeks to organize its exploration of law through the broader terms of “letters” and “society.” LLSO has approximately 120 undergraduate majors and offers courses taught by instructors from diverse disciplines. More information about the program in Law, Letters, and Society can be viewed in the College’s online catalog:

The position involves teaching between up to six quarter-length courses during the academic year, depending on program responsibilities and needs, including required and elective courses in Law, Letters, and Society. The successful applicant will have a scholarly expertise related to law. We are especially interested in candidates whose work focuses on international law, comparative law, or non-common law traditions. Candidates may be asked to teach one or two sections of the major’s B.A. thesis seminar, a two-quarter sequence. They should also be prepared to teach the required LLSO course, “Introduction to Legal Reasoning.” The successful candidate will also participate in developing new coursework for the Law, Letters, and Society major; participate in planning and coordinating co-curricular activities; support the Faculty Director and Program Director in developing workshops, student research experiences, and opportunities for internships and professional placement; and advise up to five B.A. theses.

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.


The position requires either a J.D. or a Ph.D. in a relevant field in the social sciences or humanities. Candidates must have completed all degree requirements no later than August 31, 2024. Experience teaching at the college level is required.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, you must submit your application through the University of Chicago Interfolio job board at and upload the following:

  1. A letter of application describing your academic interests and teaching background;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. Syllabi of courses previously taught and/or designed by the candidate or sample syllabi of proposed courses
  4. A teaching statement;
  5. Evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as student evaluations or performance reviews;
  6. A chapter-length piece of writing;
  7. Three letters of recommendation.

The review of applications will begin on November 30, 2023, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

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

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