Post-Grad Preceptor, MAPH

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Hyde Park Campus

21037 Comm: Mstr Arts/Humanities

About the Unit
Established in 1996, the University of Chicago's Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) serves a diverse community of students engaged in innovative intellectual work that draws on the remarkable resources of the Humanities Division at Chicago. The MAPH Preceptorship is designed to support the academic work of the students in our one-year program and to enhance the teaching and advising credentials of selected University of Chicago PhDs. The MAPH community is close-knit and enthusiastic, and our success depends on the excellent work of our preceptors. Together with the rest of the MAPH staff, our preceptors actively engage with and help approximately one hundred new graduate students through an intensive year to a master's degree in June.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Division of the Humanities is accepting applications for our Post-graduate Preceptorship in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH).

Each post-graduate preceptor works with a group of 12 students throughout the academic year. Preceptors' responsibilities include: academic and professional advising; planning and teaching weekly discussion groups and grading in connection with Foundations of Interpretive Theory (the MAPH Core course) in autumn quarter; planning and leading thesis writing workshops during the winter and spring quarters; serving on the MAPH admissions committee; teaching two stand-alone courses during the year, in the College Humanities Core and/or blended classes for MAPH and upper-level College students; and participating in staff meetings and a range of social and academic program events.

The position will run from 9/1/18 to 8/31/2019 and the salary will be $45,000 over 12 months with benefit coverage and library privileges. This is a one-year position, although reapplication for subsequent years is possible.

All applications will be reviewed by MAPH.

Job candidates: please ensure the required documents as listed below are submitted.


  • Academic and professional advising for a group of 12 MA students
  • Planning and teaching weekly discussion groups and grading in connection with Foundations of Interpretive Theory (the MAPH Core course) in autumn quarter
  • Planning and leading thesis writing workshops during the winter and spring quarters
  • Regular office hours and one-on-one advising appointments
  • Serving on the MAPH admissions committee
  • Teaching two stand-alone courses over the course of the year, in the College Humanities Core and/or blended classes for MAPH and upper-level College students
  • Participating in staff meetings and a range of social and academic program events

  • Enthusiastic about working closely with a diverse group of first-year graduate students
  • Thoughtful, experienced teachers with a strong ability to teach argumentative writing
  • Comfortable engaging with and teaching critical theory
  • Able to effectively help students understand how the disciplines work at the graduate level
  • Able and eager to work with interdisciplinary projects
  • Well-informed about MAPH
  • Well-informed about the Humanities Division
  • Mature, energetic, and intellectually flexible
  • Interested in being part of and welcoming students into an academic community

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • PhD from the Division of the Humanities, the Divinity School, or Humanistic Social Sciences at the University of Chicago required.
  • Applicants will have received or be on track to receive the PhD prior to the start of the preceptorship. To be on track means to have completed all degree requirements, including deposit of the thesis with the Dissertation office by September 7, 2018.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who complete the doctorate in 7 years or fewer.

  • Experienced teacher required
  • Advising experience preferable

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • PhD and interdisciplinary understanding of humanistic inquiry

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
  • Some evening and weekend work
  • Fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to sit at a computer for 2-4 hours.
  • Periodic walking to other campus locations
  • Climbing up to 5 flights of stairs

Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter: to include detail of your qualifications, research interests, teaching interests, and experience.
  • Writing sample: no more than 12 pages. Any sample you think appropriate will be fine: an article, dissertation proposal, an excerpt from a dissertation chapter, a conference paper.
  • Curriculum Vita Reference Contact Info: to be made up of letters of recommendation from two faculty members, with one reference speaking to your teaching qualifications.
  • Statement: This will be made up of two components as indicated below. Please know that only one PDF document will be allowed to attach as a ‘Research Statement'. Therefore, we recommend you clearly label each component below as indicated below (and include your name on each document), and combine each component into one PDF file, which will be the file you will upload as a ‘Research Statement'.
  • Teaching Statement: A 250-500 word teaching statement discussing how you would teach or have taught a difficult theoretical text. Alternatively, you might discuss an experience you have had learning how to use or engage with theory.
  • Department Note: A brief note from your department DGS or dissertation chair certifying that you completed or are on track to complete your PhD degree before beginning the preceptorship.
  • Other: Contact Associate Director, Maren Robinson at [email protected] to make arrangements to obtain a sample student paper. You are to make comments on the student's paper. Further instruction will be provided upon request of the sample paper.

All of the 6 components listed above are to be submitted via the online application system no later than

March 31, 2018. No hard copies or email versions will be accepted. Questions about applications and about MAPH should be addressed to Hilary Strang, MAPH Deputy Director ([email protected]).

Our final decisions will be strongly guided by the main areas of academic interest represented in our incoming class. For a sense of who our students are and how the program is structured, please visit our website at

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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/22/2018
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