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Job advertisement Senior Instructional Professor (open rank) - Department of the Geophysical Sciences

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Senior Instructional Professor (open rank) - Department of the Geophysical Sciences

Senior Instructional Professor (open rank) - Department of the Geophysical Sciences

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University of Chicago


United States of America


Full time



Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

8 February 2024

Job description


The Department of the Geophysical Sciences in the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago invites applications for the position of Senior Instructional Professor (open rank). The selected candidate will be appointed as Assistant Senior Instructional Professor, Associate Senior Instructional Professor, or Senior Instructional Professor, with rank determined by qualifications. The appointment will be for a term of up to five years, renewable with the possibility for promotion. This is a nine-month, career-track position with competitive salary and benefits. Appointment is expected to begin on September 1, 2024.

Serving as the founding Director of a new Master’s Program in Environmental Science, this position is responsible for providing instructional oversight of the program. The successful candidate will be responsible, in consultation with faculty leadership, for leading and directing the new Master’s Program in Environment Science. Duties will include developing new curriculum, admissions, teaching, advising, and managing non-student employees in the program.

The Department of the Geophysical Sciences provides a vibrant venue in which scientists carry out research across several broad subject areas that span the past, present, and future evolution of the Earth, its life, and its cosmic environment. We pride ourselves in the innovative and interdisciplinary research of highly accomplished faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates, all of whom push the boundaries of their respective fields. The Department supports a PhD program in Geophysical Sciences while offering undergraduate degrees in both Geophysical Sciences and Environmental Science which allow students to discover, learn, and share knowledge about the natural processes that have and continue to shape our world and other planetary bodies.


Minimum qualifications:

Completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Geology or closely related field at the time of appointment.

At least two years of teaching experience at the university level as an instructor of record.

Experience in management of academic programs, personnel, and/or budgets.

Preferred qualifications:

Professional experience in an academic setting and strong organizational skills.

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply online through the University of Chicago academic careers website using this link: .

Review of applications will begin on January 11, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

Required materials are:

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Evidence of successful management of programs or evidence of potential to do so;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as, but not limited to, course evaluations or other relevant assessments);
  • Teaching statement;
  • Syllabi of courses taught;
  • Two letters of recommendation.

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