Freshman Experience Initiative

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago seeks two Visiting Assistant Professors as part of its Freshman Experience Initiative. Duties include teaching writing-intensive, freshman-only, general education courses and participating in the development and assessment of the Freshman Experience Initiative, which seeks to integrate incoming freshmen into campus life and help them successfully negotiate the academic transition to college. Applicants can be trained in any discipline in the Humanities or the Social Sciences, but must have a PhD and be appointable in one of the academic units in the College of LAS. Basic teaching load is 4-5 sections of one course with the possibility of teaching an advanced-level course in the unit of appointment and an opportunity for course release in exchange for extra effort in conjunction with development and assessment activities. The successful applicant will teach either “Understanding the Individual and Society” or “Understanding the Past.” These are introductory-level topics courses. The syllabus will be designed by the instructor and can be on any topic that falls under one of the two Initiative rubrics. Appointees are encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the department in which they have their academic home. Appointment is for one academic year with the possibility of renewal for up to 3. Salary range is $50,000-$55,000.

Apply online by providing a current CV, a cover letter, the names of three references, and a sample syllabus for one of the courses named above, which meets the following criteria: (1) the course must be academically rigorous and include a range of primary and secondary readings from different disciplines; (2) the course must be writing intensive, requiring at least 20 pages of writing and providing multiple opportunities for feedback and revision; and (3) the course must be designed to meet the aims of building community among a cohort and aiding incoming freshmen in their transition to college.

For fullest consideration, application materials must be received by March 1.       

Proposed Freshman Courses for AY 2014-15

HUM 101 Humanities Core: Understanding the Individual and Society

3 hours. An exploration of historical and modern views of the nature of the individual, the nature of society, and the complex interplay between the two. Topics will vary. This is a writing-intensive course with extensive practice in expository writing and revision. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in ENGL 160 or placement into ENGL 161. Individual and Society course.

HUM 102 Humanities Core: Understanding the Past

3 hours. An exploration of events, ideas, writing and creative works from the past and their influence on the present. Topics will vary. This is a writing-intensive course with extensive practice in expository writing and revision. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in ENGL 160 or placement into ENGL 161. Past course.