Part-Time Lecturer – Ancient Middle Eastern Studies


The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College of the University of Chicago seek an experienced teacher to work with MA students in the two-year Master’s Program in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). The selected candidate will teach 2 courses per year for students in the Ancient Track of the CMES MA program. Typically, one of these courses will be a stand-alone seminar in the Lecturer’s area of academic specialty and the other will be a section of the course Approaches to the Study of the Ancient Near East. The Lecturer will also lead a thesis writing workshop for a group of ~8 MA students. The Lecturer will then serve as a mentor for the thesis group as they develop and complete their thesis projects. Service responsibilities include participating in committee assignments and providing general career counseling for students in the program. The Lecturer will also be expected to engage in regular professional development.

The appointment will begin on September 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The initial term of appointment will be for one year, with reappointment possible following successful review. This is a part-time, benefits-eligible position.


We seek applicants with prior teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level, preferably at a North American institution. Experience working with MA students or preceptoring BA theses is desirable. Applicants are required to have completed all degree requirements for a PhD in a field related to the archeology, art history, history, literature, culture, linguistics, religion, or philosophy of the Ancient Middle East by the start date of the appointment.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit your application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at Applications must include:

  • • CV
  • • Cover Letter addressing your qualifications for the position, including how your academic research interests prepare you to work as part of an MA program, and discussing courses you would be prepared to teach at the MA level
  • • Teaching Statement, discussing your approach to innovation in course development and pedagogy and to creating a welcoming learning environment for students from different educational and personal backgrounds
  • • One sample syllabus for a course you would be prepared to offer to MA-level students
  • • Contact information for 3 recommenders from whom letters of recommendation may be requested.
  • Additional documents may be requested following the initial review.

Application deadline: All application materials must be received by July 14, 2022 at midnight Eastern Time.

This position is contingent upon budgetary approval. The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. For information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, please visit and for information on the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, visit For questions about the position, please contact

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