Basic Program Instructor
Hyde Park Campus
46481 Graham School-Art And Sciences
About the Unit
Created at the founding of the University, the Graham School is committed to enhancing the University of Chicago's place as a preeminent intellectual destination through support of lifelong learning. Graham is dedicated to curating and disseminating the university's rich content for a broader set of learners in ever more innovative ways; helping the university engage civically, globally, and with the latest innovations in teaching and learning.
The Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults is a rigorous, non-credit liberal arts program that draws on the strong Socratic tradition at the University of Chicago and covers the foundations of Western political and social thought. It is a four-year curriculum of core texts in philosophy, literature, and science, in the Western tradition. The Basic Program part-time instructor will report directly to the Basic Program Staff Chair, and be ultimately supervised by the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts Programs, at the Graham School.
- Teach between 5 – 6 sections in each of the three academic quarters, and in any part of the Basic Program 1-4 year curriculum or the Alumni Sequences, both onsite and online.
- Propose and lead courses from the instructor's specific area(s) of expertise in the form of open or alumni courses and summer courses, when possible.
- Knowledge of Basic Program curriculum and teaching methods
- Skills in problem-solving and organization
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Knowledge of computers and relevant software required, including online learning platform software
- Ability to learn online software platforms, such as Skype or Zoom, for teaching online BP classes as needed
- Ability to communicate with clarity, tact, and courtesy with students, faculty, staff, and others
- Ability to think proactively, and organize and complete projects with minimal supervision
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required
- Proficiency with, or ability to learn, a range of computer and software applications (Microsoft Office; web conferencing / recording; video editing; etc.)
Education, Experience or Certifications:
- Masters degree in humanities or social science field required.
- A minimum of five years teaching experience in the Basic Program or equivalent relevant experience required.
Working Conditions and Physical Constraints:
- The position is a one - year, benefits eligible for part-time of 22.5 hours per week, option to continue to be determined after the year.
- It is expected the Basic Program Educator will offer classes during regular BP class times, including weekdays, weekday evenings, and Saturdays.
- Responsibilities as BP instructor will be to teach between 7.5 and 9 hours a quarter, with an additional one and one-half hours outside preparation time for each hour in the classroom, for three ten-week quarters; for a yearly average of 22.5 hours per week.
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