Teaching Fellows in the Humanities

Teaching Fellows in the Humanities

A Program of Professional and Pedagogical Development

The Division of the Humanities accepts applications in the Winter quarter from current and recent graduate students in the Division for a competitive two-year program designed to enhance pedagogical skills and extend research training. 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 seven years of matriculation. 

Teaching Fellows are expected to be fully in residence and on campus during the three quarters of the academic year. Teaching Fellows will participate in a program of professional development under the joint supervision of the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT) and their mentor in a relevant Divisional department or program. Fellows will teach four courses, including at least two courses in the Humanities or Arts Core, and are expected to advance their own research agenda and participate in campus activities.

Each Teaching Fellow will be paid $45,500 for the three quarters of the academic year (paid over 12 months); provided with support for research and professional development, and provided benefits such as health insurance coverage, etc.; given library privileges and access to placement services.

  1. Program Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Teaching Fellows in the Humanities Program (TFH) an applicant must:
  • have received or be on track to receive the PhD degree within 7 years of matriculation into a PhD program of the Humanities Division;
  • have received their PhD degree no earlier than in the Spring Quarter 2018; or be on track to complete all degree requirements and receive the PhD degree no later than the Summer Quarter 2019;
  • identify a faculty sponsor who will commit to mentoring the Teaching Fellow during the program;
  • receive the endorsement of their department chair.
  1. Application Process: Applications are due by March 31 and must be submitted through ACO (Academic Career Opportunities). Each application must include:
  • a detailed cover letter aimed at the Teaching Fellows Program;
  • the applicant’s current CV;
  • a current teaching portfolio, including a teaching statement, not to exceed 750 words, describing the applicant’s methods and goals in teaching a text or artwork in the Humanities Core or Arts Core. Applicants should write about a text of their own choosing. Examples in the Humanities Core include Homer’s Iliad, Plato’s Phaedrus, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Augustine’s Confessions, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Woolf's A Room of One's Own, or Wright's Native Son. Applicants from Art History, Music, or CMS may choose an artwork from their respective field for their teaching statement;
  • 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 ACO website.
  1. Selection Process: All applications will be reviewed by the TFH committee, which includes the Director of the Chicago Center for Teaching, the Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division, the Deputy Dean of the Division of the Humanities, the Dean of Students of the Division of the Humanities, and two additional faculty members from the Humanities Division, to be designated by the Dean of the Humanities Division.


Successful Teaching Fellows and alternates will be notified by April 15. The Fellows’ appointment will begin September 1 for one year, and is renewable for one additional year upon review.


  • The TFH appointment is contingent upon graduation no later than the Summer Quarter 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.
  • 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. 


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