Teaching Opportunities for Divinity Students

The list below provides an overview of the many teaching opportunities available to Divinity School students.  GAI point valuations for each are indicated. 

Current graduate students can use the University's Graduate Student Teaching Opportunities website (CNET login required) to search for teaching appointments in specific divisions and programs.  For more information about Divinity School opportunities, contact the Dean of Students' office.  For more information about opportunities outside the DivinitySchool , follow the links provided in the descriptions below.  Announcements and calls for application are also disseminated through the Divinity School listhost.

Students ordinarily will begin teaching as teaching assistants in the second or third year of their program, completing two assignments in each of the third and fourth years. A student should consult with their academic advisor to plan for the timing of qualifying exams and the completion of the teaching assignments. 

Teaching opportunities for DivinitySchool graduate students are available in:

Teaching in the Undergraduate Program in Religious Studies

Alma Wilson Lectureships (2 Points) 

The Alma Wilson Lectureship is an opportunity for one or two graduate students from the DivinitySchool to teach a course of his or her own design in the Undergraduate Program in Religious Studies. Each January, the DivinitySchool will solicit syllabus proposals from graduate students interested in applying for the fellowship. Each syllabus should be accompanied by a letter describing the student's potential and the names of at least two referees who are willing to speak to the student's qualifications as a teacher. Proposed courses will be selected on the basis of their merit, and by how well they fit the rest of the undergraduate program.

B.A. Preceptors (3 points)

The Undergraduate Program in Religious Studies hires one or two graduate student preceptors each year.  These preceptors lead the two-quarter-long B.A. essay seminar for fourth-year Religious Studies majors that meets in the autumn and winter quarters. This seminar assists students in the formulation, research, and writing of their required B.A. essays. In the spring quarter, preceptors grade the B.A. essays written by the current class, in conjunction with the individual professors who have advised the students on their papers. Preceptors will also assist third-year concentrators in choosing academic advisers and in formulating research proposals for the B.A. essays they will write  the following year.

Teaching Assistantships (1 point each)

When an undergraduate course in Religious Studies reaches a particular size (usually twenty-five students), the professor has the option of hiring a teaching assistant. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will then solicit applications from DivinitySchool students and from other potentially qualified graduate students. The professor in charge of the course will select the most qualified student from the pool of applicants in consultation with the Dean of Students and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. These positions will normally become available only shortly before the beginning of the quarter in which the course is to be taught. They are not linked to financial aid.

Teaching assistantships are regularly available for Introduction to the Hebrew BibleIntroduction to the New Testament, and Introduction to Religious Studies.  In addition to these, two or more other TA positions are usually available in Religious Studies.  

Teaching in the Divinity School 

Biblical Languages Lectureships (2 points per quarter)

The DivinitySchool appoints graduate students as lecturers in Introductory Biblical Hebrew I & II andIntroductory Koine Greek I & II.  The positions entail teaching the first-year Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek sequences in the Divinity School during the autumn and winter quarters.  Applicants should possess expertknowledge of the respective language and of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, respectively.

Teaching Assistantships (1 point each)

Graduate students may also serve as teaching assistants for DivinitySchool courses.  Positions are regularly available for Introduction to the Hebrew BibleIntroduction to the New TestamentIntroductory Biblical HebrewIntroductory Koine Greek, and Introduction to the Study of Religion.  Other courses that may employ teaching assistants include the History of Christian Thought I-VIHistory of Theological Ethics,Classical Theories of ReligionContemporary Theories of ReligionIntroduction to Theology, and the Ministry Program's Arts of Ministry sequence. 

Teaching in the Humanities Division 

Humanities Core Lectureships (2 points)

Humanities Core Lectureships are stand-alone teaching positions in the Humanities Collegiate Division Core sequences available to advanced graduate students.  Consult the College website for full details on the application process.

Writing Internships in the Humanities Common Core (1 point per quarter)

Graduate students who work as writing interns provide writing instruction for one of the year-long humanities common core courses for University of Chicago first-year students.  Interns usually serve for the entire academic year.  Additional details may be found here.

Lectors in Academic and Professional Writing (The Little Red Schoolhouse) (1 point)

Little Red Schoolhouse is a quarter-long course in advanced academic and professional writing offered to graduate students in the divisions, MBA students in the Graduate School of Business, and third and fourth-year undergraduates in the College.  Lectors lead a weekly seminar, critique student papers, and attend weekly lectures.  Additional details may be found here.

Departmental Language Classes (2 points)

Some graduate students may be eligible to teach in certain departmental language courses.  Training is a prerequisite for many such language teaching positions.  Requirements vary substantially from department to department, so students should consult departmental websites and contact departmental administrators to inquire about requirements and availability. 

MAPH preceptors (3 points)

The Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) appoints preceptors for the entire academic year.  Responsibilities include advising, discussion groups, and thesis writing workshops.  Calls for applications are circulated in April. 

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Graduate students from all divisions and professional schools are eligible to apply for teaching positions in theCenter for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.  The Center provides opportunities to co-teach Genders Studies Core courses (1 point), serve as BA preceptors (3 points), and design and teach a stand-alone course (2 points). 

Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture provides opportunities for internships (1 point), lectureships in the “Colonizations” sequence (2 points), and stand-alone courses (2 points). 

Teaching in the Social Sciences Division 

Social Sciences Core Internships (1 point)

Graduate students serve as course interns in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division's (SSCD) Core or Civilization sequences.  Interns are apprentices to the faculty in whose course they have been appointed and are expected to learn from the supervising faculty member how to teach a course in the Core Curriculum.  Those who wish to apply for SSCD lectureships must first serve as interns. For further details, see the Social Sciences website.  To apply, click here.   

Social Sciences Core Lectureships (2 points)

Those who have completed internships in SSCD Core courses can apply for appointment as lecturers in the sequence in which they interned. Lecturers have full responsibility for teaching one or more sections of an SSCD Core course.  For further details, see the Social Sciences website.  To apply, click here.   

Teaching Assistantships (1 point)

Graduate students may be eligible to apply to be teaching assistantships in the Social Sciences Division, generally for courses taught in the College.  Requirements, training, and application procedures vary by department. 

MAPSS Preceptors (3 points)

The Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) hires graduate student preceptors in its one year master's program.  Preceptors serve ten month appointments, advising students and guiding them in the research and writing of their MA papers.  Contact MAPSS for more information.

CIR Preceptors (3 points)

The Committee on International Relations also rely on graduate student preceptors for its one year master's program.  Preceptors work closely with students as they select an MA topic and write their thesis.  Contact the CIR for more information.

International Studies Lectureships (2 points)

The Undergraduate Program in International Studies provides opportunities for Core lectureships and for graduate students to apply to teach an international studies course of their own design.  International Studies is an interdisciplinary program inclusive of political science, anthropology, history, sociology, human rights, and area studies.  Please contact the Undergraduate Program in International Studies for more information.

Human Rights Program Lectureship (2 point)

Each year, the Human Rights Program invites advanced graduate students to propose an undergraduate Human Rights course of their own design. The course should deal with human rights from a disciplinary, thematic, or regional perspective.  Click here for further details.

Center for Latin American Studies Preceptor (3 points)

The Center for Latin American Studies appoints one graduate student preceptor to lead the B.A. Colloquium in Latin American Studies, a required course for Latin American Studies majors.  This is a full academic year appointment.

Latin American Civilizations Teaching Assistantships (1 point)

The Center for Latin American Studies also appoints advanced graduate student teaching assistants for the Introduction to Latin American Civilizations course sequence.  Advanced graduate students who specialize in Latin America, regardless of academic discipline, are encouraged to apply. 

Latin American Studies Ignacio Martín Baró Prize Lectureship (2 points)

The Ignacio Martín Baró Prize Lectureship in Latin American Studies supports the design and teaching of a one-quarter undergraduate course focusing on a major Latin American political issue or question pertaining to human rights in Latin America.  Applications from all disciplines may be submitted to the Center for Latin American Studies.

Teaching in the Graham School 

The Graham School of General Studies, one of the nation's oldest schools of continuing education, provides opportunities for Divinity students to teach stand-alone continuing education courses (2 points).  A committee of Divinity School faculty selects and submits 1-2 courses per quarter to be taught in the Graham School’s non-credit program.  Application procedures will be announced by the Divinity School's Dean of Students.  

Teaching at Chicago-Area Institutions 

Divinity graduate students often teach stand-alone courses (2 points) and assume teaching assistantships (1 point) at such area institutions as Northwestern UniversityDePaul UniversityLoyola UniversitySaint Xavier UniversityDominican University, Lake Forest CollegeNational Louis UniversitySchool of the Art Institute of ChicagoNorth Park UniversityBenedictine University,SpertusCatholic Theological UnionLutheran School of TheologyMeadville Lombard Theological School, and Chicago Theological Seminary.

Graduate Aid Initiative Point Distribution: 

 Lecturer    2 Points 
 Writing Intern  1 Point 
 Course Assistant/Lector   1 Point 
 Teaching Assistant/Intern in the Core  1 Point
 Laboratory Assistant  1 Point 
 Preceptor   1 Point/quarter
 HPPS Coordinator   3 Points/year 
 Drill Instructor (Languages)   0.5 Points
 Studio Assistant   0.5 Points
 Grader   0.5 Points