Job Title: Instructional Professor in Human Rights Practice – UNGO Jobs

Country: United States of America
Organization: University of Chicago
Closing date: 30 May 2022

The Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is now accepting applications for an Instructional Professor who will also have responsibility for the Human Rights Practice component of the undergraduate curriculum in the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. This is a full-time, renewable appointment, with an initial term of at least three years, beginning September 1, 2022. Appointment at the rank Assistant, Associate, and full Instructional Professor will be considered based on the candidate’s experience. The position is year-round: teaching will be scheduled during the autumn, winter, and spring quarters of the academic year, but all other responsibilities will continue throughout the calendar year.

The Instructional Professor will support the Center’s new human rights major, which explores the theory and practice of human rights through sustained interdisciplinary inquiry, experiential learning, and capstone research or practice-based projects. Students in the major examine fundamental conceptual issues around human rights through coursework in a variety of disciplines, from the arts and humanities to the law and the social and biological sciences, while formulating their critical perspectives by engaging in practice-based work.

The Instructional Professor will teach an annual load of four courses during the regular academic year, comprising a human rights methods course, a two-quarter human rights capstone project seminar, and a large lecture course on contemporary human rights issues. The Instructional Professor will develop the Center’s experiential programs and coordinate the experiential learning components of the human rights major, strategically aligning applied programmatic work with course work and creating research collaborations that span academic disciplines. The Instructional Professor will advise students through the field placement process, plan events and programs to prepare students for their field placement, oversee research opportunities for majors who undertake independent research to meet their required fieldwork experience, and coordinate the Center’s summer human rights internship program for undergraduate students. The Instructional Professor will also cultivate relationships with external organizations, such as NGOs, inter-governmental agencies, and think tanks, in order to build and deliver appropriate learning opportunities for both human rights majors and other university students. Additionally, the Instructional Professor will plan programs and events to serve the broader University and provide forums to link the University with the community.


The position requires a Ph.D. in a related field with a background in human rights, or a JD (or its equivalent) with a specialization in international law or human rights. Also required are teaching experience and a record of scholarship or creative work. Experience with experiential learning programs is preferred, as is practical experience in human rights, such as work with non-governmental organizations, government, the United Nations, or other inter-governmental and international bodies.

How to apply:

Application Instructions

To apply for this position candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio jobs board at, and upload the following: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a letter of interest, 3) one 25-30 page writing sample, 4) three letters of reference, 5) a proposed syllabus for Human Rights Fieldwork and Practice, 6) titles and descriptions of two other proposed human rights courses.

The review of applications will begin on May 8, 2022, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

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.

Position contingent upon budget approval.

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