Faculty Search

Visiting Assistant Professor or Lecturer Position

Northwestern University's Chicago Field Studies program seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor or Lecturer for a three-year term beginning September 1, 2017.

Applicants need to have completed their PhD and have ample teaching experience. The position consists in teaching six seminar courses per academic year, two per quarter, in one or more of the particular field studies in the program. These include business, law, modern workplace, civic engagement, social justice, public health, humanities, community research, and environment and sustainability. The students in these field studies are all interning at various sites. So some experience or familiarity with student internships, as connected to a seminar, is desirable in candidates. The CFS website provides candidates with further information on the overall program (see http://www.internships.northwestern.edu/).

Besides teaching, the position also entails advising undergraduate students and performing administrative work, including some report drafting and grant writing. In connection with the administrative work, the candidate will also be a liaison to faculty and to various university programs and offices, as needed.

Application Instructions

TO APPLY: Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV or resumé, evidence of teaching excellence, sample syllabi, and the names and email addresses of 3 references here: https://facultysearch.weinberg.northwestern.edu/apply/index/MjMy. Please address any questions to Karen Allen, Associate Director, at karen-allen@northwestern.edu.


Applications will only be accepted through the online form (see link above). In order to receive full consideration, applications must be received by February 24, 2017.

  1. Please make sure all documents are prepared in advance, because partial applications will not be accepted and cannot be saved. Also, please be sure all information is entered completely and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been accepted.
  2. All uploaded files should be in Adobe PDF format. Files in another electronic format (e.g., MS Word) should be "saved as" or "printed to" PDF format before uploading. If you only have a paper version of a particular document, you may scan it and save it as a PDF. However, the first method is preferred, because it retains text recognition capabilities.
  3. Three (3) names and email addresses for external referees are required, though you may list up to 6 names. Very soon after you submit your complete online application, your references will automatically be emailed instructions for uploading a letter of recommendation. NOTE: If you are using a professional placement or dossier service (e.g., Interfolio) to submit any or all recommendations, please use the service's address instead of your referee's address in the appropriate space. Once again, please be sure all addresses are entered correctly with no spelling errors; otherwise your referee or dossier service will not receive the instructions.
  4. Some things to remember when uploading your application documents:
    • Please note that no document may exceed 4 MB in size, so be sure to minimize the size of any large PDF files before uploading.
    • File names should not contain parentheses, quotation marks, or other such characters; the system will likely not accept such documents.
    • The size of the writing sample should be equivalent to a single journal article or book chapter; it may be published or unpublished. Only one sample need be submitted.
  5. When your PDF files and list of references are complete, you may proceed to the Online Application. All required fields must be filled in before you click on the "Submit Application" button. The system will not accept incomplete applications. Applications that are complete by January 31, 2017, will be ensured full consideration. (References will be allowed to arrive for a week or so after the deadline.) You will receive an email confirmation shortly after your application has been received.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.