Temporary Instructor

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


PDC Instructors

About the Department

Job Information

Job Summary:

The University of Chicago Professional Education (UCPE) is dedicated to empowering learners with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to attain their professional goals. UCPE is collaborating with instructors with solid industry experience to develop or teach courses online for non-degree offerings that are responsive to learners’ professional needs and aligned with best practices in adult education.

UCPE is currently seeking qualified applicants for adjunct instructors to teach in the Editing Certificate Program in 2023 and 2024. Current University faculty, staff, and professionals working in relevant positions outside the University are eligible to apply. This is a part-time position.

Programs in the following subject areas are of particular interest:

• Editing Certificate (Fall 2023, Winter and Spring 2024)

• Editing

• Manuscript Editing

• Developmental Editing

• Essentials of Grammar for Industry Professionals


  • Facilitate instruction according to syllabus requirements, including learning objectives, weekly topics, readings, and lesson plans for class content (lectures, exercises/activities, and/or guest presentations).
  • Develop and execute class content (lectures, exercises/activities, homework assignments, and projects).
  • Develop assignments and grading rubrics, which must minimally include assessment materials such as mid-term, final assignments, and course participation.
  • Provide assessment for all assignments and activities as well as feedback, comments, and grades to students via the Canvas course site in a timely manner.
  • Use Canvas, our virtual learning environment, for course management, content delivery, and student communication.
  • For online instruction, adjunct instructors must plan and create content in conjunction with UCPE's online instructions and guidelines. Please note that adequate time and planning are required for this option.
  • Available at least 1-2 hours per week outside the classroom to allow for adequate communication with students.
  • Attend and conduct all synchronous sessions and meet the demands of the specific course format (hybrid, online) and support information sessions as needed.
  • Fulfill administrative responsibilities related to course management, such as Canvas management, mandatory training sessions, meetings, etc.

Additional Requirements​​

Education, Experience or Certifications:


  • Graduate-level degree in a relevant field is required.


  • Demonstrated expertise using the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Prior teaching experience, especially with online platforms, is strongly preferred.
  • Current University faculty, staff, and professionals working in relevant positions outside the University are encouraged to apply.

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Two Professional References Contact Information
  • Additional Materials, such as past teaching evaluations or work samples may also be included

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Benefit Eligibility


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Pay Frequency

Pay Range

Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours




Job is Exempt


Drug Test Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Health Screen Required


Posting Date


Remove from Posting On or Before


Posting Statement:​​

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

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.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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