Instructor in Survey Data Analysis

University of Chicago Institute in Social Research Methods

United States


Primary instructors have full responsibility for teaching an established or self-designed course that is part of the regular undergraduate curriculum, developed in collaboration with the home department and Summer Session, which is offered based on departmental and student needs.

Survey Data Analysis overviews the way scientific surveys are conducted, the survey data structure, and common techniques to analyze survey data. Students will explore the actual survey data (using major surveys such as the General Social Survey) and look for answers to their research question. Students will learn where to find information about survey data sources and how to conduct analyses for their research project. The course also introduces some online tools and statistical software. 

This course is part of the Summer Institute in Social Research Methods. It is taught in an intensive, condensed format; this 100-unit course meets 6 hours per week for 5 weeks, for a total of 30 contact hours from June 21-July 23. There is no reading or exam period for summer quarter courses; final exams are given during the last class session.

All instructors must coordinate with their co-instructors and teaching assistants, where applicable.

Please see for the full description of the program.


  • Developing and distributing a syllabus — in consultation with any co-instructors and the chair/coordinator for that department or course sequence, that follows the established curriculum for that course, if part of the regular slate of offerings — that clearly states the objectives of the course, the requirements that students will be expected to fulfill, and the basis on which they will be graded, to be filed with the Summer Session Office before the start of the quarter
  • Preparing all course materials (e.g., ordering books and authentic materials, including desk copies for course assistants; creating the Canvas site) in advance of the beginning of the quarter, in cooperation with any co-instructors
  • Coordination among all co-instructors (where applicable) to ensure a coherent, cohesive classroom experience for students throughout the course
  • Daily coordination with teaching assistant(s) (where applicable) for delivery of additional instruction and assignments, including guidance on lesson planning and activities
  • Adhering to and announcing the University's policies on grading, attendance, class participation, and academic misconduct
  • Preparing for and meeting all scheduled class sessions
  • Maintaining regular office hours (a minimum of two hours per week)
  • Grading and commenting on papers, examinations, and other assignments in a timely manner and submitting final quarter grades by the Registrar's published deadline
  • Participating in any meetings organized by the Summer Session Office or departmental chair/coordinator
  • Assisting with student course placement, as necessary
  • Bringing to the attention of Summer Session staff any matters related to student attendance, progress, or other areas of concern

Required skills and abilities:

  • Documented excellence in pedagogy and course content
  • Willingness to learn and adhere to Summer Session and UChicago policies

Experience and education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in course-related field strongly preferred
  • Prior teaching experience at the university or four-year college level required
  • Previous experience in an intensive summer program preferred
  • Graduate student candidates may be a current PhD student or recent alumna/e
  • Graduate student candidates must have prior teaching experience, such as serving as a Teaching Assistant; experience teaching as a primary instructor is preferred, but not required. Please consult your department or committee chair or director of undergraduate studies about the suitability of your teaching as it relates to your academic plan.

We seek experienced and diverse applicants with a documented record of successful instruction.

Application deadline – January 22, 2021

Required Applicant Documents:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching evaluations
  • Reference contact information for current or previous teaching supervisor and/or department chair

This position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.

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