Sep 07, 2023

Computer Science Phoenix STEM Instructional Professor

  • The University of Chicago
Full time Education

Job Description

The Department of Computer Science in the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago invites applications for teaching positions for the position of Instructional Professor (open rank). The selected candidate will be appointed as Assistant Instructional Professor, Associate Instructional Professor, or Instructional Professor, depending on qualifications. The appointment will be for a term of up to five years, renewable. This is a career-track position with potential progression, competitive salary, and benefits, with time allocated for professional development. This position is expected to begin in academic year 2024-2025. 

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.

The selected candidate will be expected to contribute to the goals of the Phoenix STEM program, which includes increased persistence in STEM for all students, including first-generation and other historically under-represented student groups at the University of Chicago. The Phoenix STEM program will train the selected candidate to incorporate innovative pedagogical techniques, such as collaborative learning, to help students succeed in courses in the Computer Science major. The selected candidate is anticipated to teach introductory programming, discrete mathematics, and algorithms. Position responsibilities include teaching (average teaching load is two courses per quarter in the fall, winter and spring quarters) and non-classroom instructional or service duties as needed.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online through the University of Chicago’s Academic Jobs website Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2023 and will continue until all positions are filled.

The following materials are required:

  • cover letter;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • teaching statement including description of teaching philosophy and experience. Must include a list of courses that the candidate is qualified to teach. This statement may also include the candidate's experience in teaching diverse students (The University's Diversity Statement can be found at;
  • syllabi of courses previously taught and/or designed by the candidate, or sample syllabi of proposed courses; 
  • applicants are required to request at least three confidential letters of recommendation via Interfolio.  At least one of these letters should address the candidate’s teaching effectiveness.

Optional: candidates may submit teaching evaluations.

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 identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected 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.


Experience Level

Entry-level (0-5 years)

Education Required


Required Experience


Candidates must have either:

  • A doctorate in Computer Science or a related field at the time of appointment (preferred) or;
  • A master's degree and 4 years of relevant professional experience.

At least one year of prior university-level teaching experience is required, such as, but not limited to, instructor of record or teaching assistant.


Security Clearance Required


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