Teaching Fellows in Humanities

University of Chicago Division of Humanities

United States

Teaching Fellows in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities

A Program of Professional and Pedagogical Development

The Division of the Humanities is accepting applications from current and recent graduate students in the Division for a competitive two-year program designed to enhance pedagogical and advisory skills and extend research training. The Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) Teaching Fellows participate in a community of practice around teaching, research, and professional development, drawing on guidance and support from the Division, the MAPH program director and staff, the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT), and a designated faculty mentor.

Each MAPH Teaching Fellow is paid $46,000 for the three quarters of the academic year (paid over 12 months); provided with support for research and professional development, including financial support for conference travel, etc.; has access to library privileges, placement services, and other campus resources. Each Teaching Fellow also receives a range of employment benefits, including health insurance coverage options through the University Benefits office.

To be eligible, applicants must be current or recent graduate students who are on track to receive or have received a PhD from a program in the Humanities Division within eight years of matriculation.

MAPH Teaching Fellows are expected to be fully in residence and on campus September 1-June 30. MAPH Teaching Fellows will participate in a program of pedagogical and professional development under the joint supervision of the MAPH director and a faculty sponsor in a relevant Divisional department or program. Each MAPH Teaching Fellow serves as the preceptor for a group of 12 MA students throughout the academic year. Responsibilities include: academic and professional advising; teaching in Foundations of Interpretive Theory (the MAPH Core course) in Autumn quarter; planning and leading thesis writing workshops during the Winter and Spring quarters; teaching one stand-alone courses during the year, either a blended class for MAPH and upper-level College students or the College Humanities Core; and participating in staff meetings and a range of social and academic program events.


  1. Program Eligibility:  In order to be eligible for the MAPH ma-humanities@uchicago.edu Teaching Fellows Program (MAPH TF) an applicant must:
  • have received or be on track to receive the PhD degree within 8 years of matriculation into a PhD program in the Humanities Division of the University of Chicago;
  • have received their PhD degree no earlier than in the Spring Quarter 2019; or be on track to complete all degree requirements and file the dissertation no later than Friday, July 31, 2020 for graduation in the Summer quarter 2020;
  • identify a faculty sponsor who will commit to mentoring the Teaching Fellow during the program;
  • receive the endorsement of their department chair.

Application Instructions

Applications are due by 11pm central time on May 1, 2020 and must be submitted through the University’s Academic Recruitment site (Interfolio). The posting may be accessed at http://apply.interfolio.com/75048.

2. Each application must include:

  • a detailed cover letter aimed at the MAPH Teaching Fellows Program;
  • the applicant’s current CV;
  • a teaching statement, not to exceed 500 words, discussing how the applicant would teach or has taught a text that poses a theoretical challenge. Alternatively, the applicant might discuss an experience learning how to use or engage with theory;
  • a current teaching portfolio which includes a sample syllabus for a proposed self-designed course the applicant would be prepared to offer as a teaching fellow. The proposed course should be appropriate for both MA studeents and upper level undergraduates in the applicant’s area of study;
  • comments on a sample student paper, available by request from the MAPH staff at ma-humanities@uchicago.edu;
  • one letter of recommendation addressing the applicant’s teaching experience;
  • a letter of nomination from their department chair attesting to the applicant’s appropriate progress to degree and listing possible teaching assignments;
  • a letter of support and commitment from the faculty sponsor/mentor.

Note: All letters should be submitted as reference letters via the Academic Recruitment website. Applicants are advised to request their letters as soon as possible (i.e. prior to submitting the final materials) to allow ample time for recommenders to upload their letters.

3. Selection Process:   All applications will be reviewed by a committee which includes a representative of the Chicago Center for Teaching, the Dean of Students of the Division of the Humanities, the Director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, the Chair of the MAPH Faculty Board, a Deputy Dean of the Humanities Division, the Faculty Chair of the Humanities Teaching Fellows program, and two additional faculty members from the Humanities Division, to be designated by the Dean of the Humanities Division. Finalists will be invited for interviews following the initial review of applications.

Notification and Start of Program: Successful Teaching Fellows and alternates will be notified by May 22, 2020. The Fellows’ appointment will begin September 1, 2020 for one year and is renewable for one additional year upon review.


  • The HTF appointment is contingent upon graduation no later than the Summer quarter of 2020, and on the satisfactory presentation of appropriate documentation of eligibility to work lawfully in the United States by the start of the appointment.
  • International students who receive an appointment must secure work authorization from the Office of International Affairs prior to September 1, 2020.
  • The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union.

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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