Skip to main content
Bayi Glacier in Qilian Mountain, China (Credit: Xiaoming Wang, distributed via

Job advertisement Assistant Instructional Professor - Department of the Geophysical Sciences

EGU logo

European Geosciences Union

Assistant Instructional Professor - Department of the Geophysical Sciences

Assistant Instructional Professor - Department of the Geophysical Sciences

University of Chicago logo

University of Chicago


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 at the University of Chicago invites applications for teaching positions at the rank of Assistant Instructional Professor. Appointments at this rank are for a term of up to three years with the possibility of renewal. This is a career-track position with potential progression and competitive salary and benefits. Expected start date is September 1, 2024.

Position responsibilities include teaching up to six courses per year, contributions to the effective functioning of departmental programs of instruction, and ongoing professional development.

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.


Minimum qualifications:

Completion of a Ph.D. degree in Earth or Environmental Sciences or a closely related field is required prior to the start of appointment.

Preferred qualifications:

Qualifications to teach courses in one or more of the following areas, which are example general education courses offered by the Department:
· Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast
· Earth as a Planet: Exploring Our Place in the Universe
· Origin and Evolution of the Solar System and the Earth
· Natural Hazards
· Environmental History of the Earth

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply online at the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at

Review of applications will begin January 2, 2024, and will continue until all available positions are filled.

A complete application consists of:
· A cover letter;
· A curriculum vitae, including a history of courses taught;
· Syllabi of courses previously taught and/or designed, or sample syllabi of proposed courses;
· A teaching statement;
· Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must address teaching ability;
· Additional evidence of pedagogical accomplishment and promise, such as but not limited to, teaching portfolio, recent course evals, third-party observations of the applicant’s teaching, or other relevant assessments, etc.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.

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, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, military or 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 773-834-3988 or email with their request.