Instructional Professor, Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago

December 08, 2022

The Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applications for appointment as Instructional Professor (IP), with a specialization in Psychology, in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences ( Application Information here:

This is a full-time, career-track teaching position that offers opportunities for both classroom teaching and for mentoring students on research projects. The initial three-year appointment will begin in Academic Year 2023-24 and is renewable with the opportunity for promotion. Appointment at rank Assistant, Associate, and full Instructional Professor will be considered based on the candidate’s experience.

MAPSS is a one-year program providing students with a foundation in graduate-level interdisciplinary social science research. Students concentrate on 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 Social Sciences a more diverse and vibrant intellectual community.

The IP 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 psychology, and other courses oriented toward MA and/or undergraduate students, according to program need.

In addition to teaching, the IP will annually mentor a group of 18-22 students concentrating in psychology or a related field, most of whom will be working in labs with different PIs, and serve as the second reader on their MA theses; advise a limited number of these 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.

Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

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