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Instructional Professor (open rank) in Chemistry

University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Compensation commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 2, 2022

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Field of specialization
Education, Physical
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Job Type
Full time
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Job Details

The University of Chicago invites applications for the position of Instructional Professor (open rank) in the Department of Chemistry. The selected candidate will be appointed as Assistant Instructional Professor, Associate Instructional Professor, or Instructional Professor, depending on qualifications and educational background. The appointment will be for a term of up to five years, renewable. This is a career-track position with potential progression, competitive salary, and benefits. This position is expected to begin on September 1, 2022.

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.

The Department of Chemistry is looking to continue its programmatic and educational excellence in preparing undergraduate students for careers and future study in the chemical sciences. Initial instructional responsibilities include teaching courses at the general chemistry level as well as developing and delivering new pedagogical content and laboratory activities for other chemistry courses. In addition, it is envisioned that future duties will include proposing and designing course materials for additional courses not part of this initial assignment. Additional duties may include contributions to the effective functioning of departmental programs of instruction, including program development and/or coordination of our general and advanced chemistry sequences. Time is allotted for professional development.  


A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field as well as at least one year experience teaching in a selective college or university as an instructor of record.

Preferred qualifications: training and experience that makes candidates exceptionally qualified to teach undergraduate courses and develop course materials in one or more of the following areas: general chemistry, physical chemistry and experimental chemistry.

Application Instructions

Required materials are: (1) curriculum vitae, including a history of courses taught, (2) statement of teaching philosophy and a forward-looking statement on innovation in chemical pedagogy, (3) three or more letters of reference, at least two of which should address teaching ability.

Optional: we encourage submission of additional materials that speak to teaching experience and ability, particularly copies of teaching evaluations. We also welcome materials on relevant experience with developing and managing a program of instruction, program development and/or coordination, syllabi and pedagogy development, and organizing educational conferences and workshops.

Applications must be submitted online through the University of Chicago’s Academic Jobs website: Review of applications will begin on December 07, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.


The University of Chicago is located in Hyde Park, eight miles south of downtown Chicago, with 136 buildings on 211 acres. Consolidated revenues: $2.1 billion (2004-05) Endowment: $4.1 billion (June 30, 2005) Research funding: $375.1 million (June 30, 2005) The U of C has 12,460 employees, including 2160 faculty members. Enrollment for 2004-05 academic year was 4,515 undergraduates in The College (offering 51 undergraduate concentrations) and 9,087 in graduate and professional schools: 4 Graduate Divisions, offering nearly 80 degree programs * Biological Sciences * Humanities * Physical Sciences * Social Sciences 6 Graduate Professional Schools * Divinity School * Graduate School of Business * Law School * Pritzker School of Medicine * Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies * School of Social Service Administration
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