Senior Lecturer in Literature

University of Chicago Humanities Collegiate Division

United States


The Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is accepting applications for a Senior Lecturer who will teach in and serve as Co-Chair of the Humanities/Arts Core sequence Poetry and the Human (“PATH”) in the College’s General Education Curriculum, known as the “Core.” This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position which starts on September 1, 2020.  The initial appointment is for one year and renewable for three years upon successful review. For more information about the Humanities and Arts Core curricula, see the College’s online catalogue:

The Senior Lecturer will teach a minimum of five courses in Poetry and the Human (PATH) each academic year; usually two sections in the autumn and winter quarters and one in the spring quarter. As the Co-Chair of PATH, the successful candidate will work with the sequence’s Faculty Chair in developing PATH’s curriculum and managing and coordinating all aspects of the sequence, including the supervision of lecturers teaching in the sequence who are represented by the Service Employee International Union (SEIU), and the supervision and mentoring of graduate students teaching in the sequence. The Senior Lecturer will be expected to co-chair both the Humanities sequence of PATH (in the autumn, winter, and spring quarters) and the Arts Core sections of PATH (currently offered in the spring quarter). The Senior Lecturer will also assist in administering a tutoring program in local public schools that is connected with PATH; organizing co-curricular (literary and academic) events for PATH’s students; coordinating book orders and other materials for the course; and leading weekly staff meetings as needed.

The position requires a PhD or equivalent in a relevant humanistic discipline, substantial teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level, and evidence of pedagogical excellence. Successful candidates will have demonstrable expertise in the study and composition of poetry. Experience with teaching in both general education/core curricula and creative writing pedagogy is preferred.

To apply for this position candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago's Interfolio jobs board at

Applicants must upload a a current curriculum vitae; a cover letter describing the applicant’s academic interests and background; a statement of teaching philosophy that describes prior teaching experience and pedagogical approaches that might apply to teaching in the Humanities and Arts Core; and the names and contact information of three references whose recommendation letters may be solicited.  Optionally, recent teaching evaluations (if available) may be uploaded.  Shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide a writing sample.

Application deadline is February 29, 2020. Only complete applications will be considered.

Please contact Norah O’Donnell ( with any questions.

The position is contingent upon budgetary approval.

The University of Chicago is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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