1) The Post-Graduate Preceptor in CMES manages a range of duties connected to counselling and advising both first and second year Masterâ™s students in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) MA program who have chosen to concentrate on the modern period.
2) The Preceptor oversees about one half of the students (12 to 14) in each year of the program.
3) For the first year cohort, the Preceptor serves as Teaching Assistant (TA) in the Approaches workshop-seminar with grading responsibility for the major assignment; as needed, serves as TA to lead discussion sections for the History/Society or Thought/Literature year-long required core sequence.
4) For the second year students, the Preceptor advises and guides them with regular meetings, most especially during Winter quarter, in concert with each individual studentâ™s faculty adviser, in the development and writing of an MA thesis, to be submitted Spring quarter of the second year.
5) For Winter quarter 2020, the Preceptor is expected to serve on the CMES admissions committee.
6) Guides/coaches students on managing a major research project and understanding how the field works at the graduate level.
7) Guides/coaches students on identifying and approaching a suitable thesis advisor.
8) Guides/coaches students on how to devise, research, and write theirÂ MA Thesis. Reads, reviews and provides guidance on rough drafts.
9) Serves as TA for graduate students in required core survey courses.
10) Serves on the admissions committee by reading, evaluating and ranking applications.
11)â‹This is a part-time, benefits-eligible, one-year position that begins September 15, 2019 and runs through Jun 15, 2020.
1) Ability to teach and advise students.
2) Cultural and historical familiarity with the Middle East.
3) Thoughtful, experienced teachers with a strong ability to teach argumentative writing.
4) Enthusiastic about working closely with a diverse group of first- and second-year graduate students.
5) Able to effectively help students understand how the disciplines work at the graduate level.
6) Able and eager to work with interdisciplinary projects.
7) Well-informed about CMES and graduate studies in the appropriate divisions of the university.
8) Mature, energetic, and intellectually flexible.
9) Interested in being part of and welcoming students into an academic community.
10) Understands how to evaluate student application files for the potential to do well and succeed in this MA program.
1) PhD from the Division of the Humanities, the Divinity School, or humanistic Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.
2) Applicants will have received or be on track to receive the PhD prior to the start of the Preceptorship.
3) To be on track means to have completed all degree requirements, including deposit of the thesis with the Dissertation office by September 7, 2019.
1) Experience teaching in higher education.
2) Graduate student advising experience.
3) Experience teaching MA-level students.
Technical Knowledge or Skills
1) PhD and interdisciplinary understanding of humanistic inquiry.
1) Curriculum Vita
2) Cover Letter
3) Writing sample - no more than 12 pages of any sample you think appropriate such as an article, dissertation proposal, an excerpt from a dissertation chapter, or conference paper.
4) Reference Contact Information - contact information for two academic references, one of whom can speak to your teaching qualifications.
NOTE:Â When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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