Teaching Fellow in Social Work, Policy, and Practice

University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

United States


The Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice invites applications from current and recent Crown Family School PhD students for a competitive two-year program designed to enhance their pedagogical skills and research profiles. Candidates should demonstrate excellence in their original scholarship, as well as in teaching. Successful candidates will be appointed as part-time Lecturers to teach four courses per year at the undergraduate or graduate level. The teaching load will likely include a combination of “Core” courses and elective courses at the Crown Family School that relate to Fellows’ expertise. The starting salary is yet to be determined. Fellows will be supervised by the Director of the A.M. Program of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Each Fellow will be provided with a work space, library privileges, and access to career service support through UChicagoGRAD. Fellows must be in-residence on campus during each quarter of the academic year. Teaching Fellows positions are part-time to allow Fellows time to pursue their research agendas and opportunities for career advancement. During fall, winter, and spring quarters Teaching Fellows are prohibited from accepting any other on-campus employment. 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.

Notification and Start of Program: Successful Teaching Fellows and alternates will be notified in December 2021. The Fellow’s two-year appointment will begin Winter Quarter 2022. Appointment is contingent upon successful completion of the PhD by December 6, 2021 but not before December 1, 2020.


Program Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Teaching Fellows at Crown Family School (TFCFS) program applicants must:

  1. Have received or be on track to complete and receive the PhD within 8 years of matriculation into a PhD program of the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, as confirmed by the chair of the Crown Family School Doctoral Program Committee;
  2. Candidates must graduate no later than December, 2021, and no earlier than August, 2020.  To fulfill this requirement, all unit requirements for the PhD must be fulfilled and the dissertation filed by the university’s Fall 2021 deadline.
  3. Identify a faculty sponsor who will commit to participate fully as a mentor during the program. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek out a faculty mentor who is not the dissertation chair.
  4. For applicants interested in teaching in a particular core course, it is highly recommended that they have some previous experience teaching that course, either as a teaching assistant or as a graduate lecturer.

Application Instructions

Application Process: Applications must be submitted through Interfolio. Applications are due on November 1, 2021. Early submission is recommended.  Each applicant must include the following materials:

  1. Short cover letter;
  2. One-page teaching proposal that makes the case for a slate of four courses that the candidate is prepared to teach.  Candidates should indicate if their proposed classes meet a specific and stated need of a department, program, or core sequence. Please include in your proposal at least one or two Core courses;
  3. Current CV;
  4. Current UChicago transcript (unofficial transcripts acceptable);

Additionally, the applicant must arrange for three reference letters, as indicated below. All recommendation letters must be submitted by November 1, 2021.

1. A reference letter from the Doctoral Program Chair (submitted directly to Interfolio), providing a brief statement affirming that the candidate is in good standing in the doctoral program and promises to fulfill the pedagogical and intellectual aims of the Teaching Fellow program;

2. A reference letter from the doctoral advisor (submitted directly to Interfolio), providing 1) assessment of the applicant’s scholarship and teaching, including the role this fellowship will play in supporting the applicant’s qualifications for the job market; 2) confirmation of the applicant’s progress to timely completion of degree for participation in the program;

3. A reference letter from the proposed faculty mentor (submitted directly to Interfolio), providing affirmation of the faculty member’s commitment to mentoring the fellow in his or her teaching responsibilities and professional development.

Selection Process: All applications will be reviewed by the TFCFS committee. The selection process will include interviews in November, 2021. Those contacted for interviews will be asked to submit their dissertation in present form at that point, as well as a plan for dissertation completion.  Interviewees may also be asked to submit teaching materials.

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.

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out Interfolio's help and support section or get in touch via email at help@interfolio.com or phone at (877) 997-8807.

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