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Graduate Student Teaching Opportunity:

Jewish Studies Courses at the Graham School

2014-15 Competition


The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, in cooperation with the Graham School of General Studies, is pleased to announce its third competition for Jewish Studies courses to be taught at the Graham School (at the Gleacher Center) in 2014-15.   The Graham School offers an array of open enrollment non-credit courses in the liberal arts for adult students; for examples of current courses, see  The Center for Jewish Studies will oversee three such courses on topics in Jewish Studies to be taught by University of Chicago Ph.D. students, one in each quarter of the academic year 2014-15.

Each course meets for a total of 20 hours per quarter; usually they are taught over eight weeks, each meeting lasting 2 ½ hours. Courses are contingent on minimal enrollment (typically six students). Each student teacher will be assigned a faculty mentor who will work with them on their syllabus and oversee their teaching.

Eligibility: University of Chicago Ph.D. students in all Divisions and Schools are eligible to apply. Applicants must be admitted to candidacy at the time of application.

Topics: Any subject relating to Jewish history, culture, thought, and language, from the Bible to contemporary Israel studies, including Hebrew and Yiddish literature in translation. These courses should be geared to lecture and discussion; there is no grading and student preparation is usually limited to close reading of texts. Courses need not be introductory surveys but they should not be specialized research seminars based on dissertation chapters.

Salary: The Graham School pays graduate student lecturers $1300.  The Center for Jewish Studies will supplement this salary with research grants of $700 that can be used for any research expense (from books to travel).

Information session:  There will be an information session with the director of the Graham School program and with past graduate student instructors at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15 in Stuart 209. Light refreshments will be served.

Application: Applications must be submitted electronically no later than Friday, February 7, 2014 to Nancy Pardee ( and should be emailed as Word or pdf attachments.

The application materials must include:

1. CCJS Cover Sheet (see attached)

2. Course title, a one-paragraph description, and the draft of a syllabus

3. Current CV

4. E-mail from the student’s departmental chair of graduate studies stating that the student is in good standing and has been admitted to candidacy.

5. The names of two faculty referees


Chicago Center for Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies at the Graham School

2014-15 Competition Cover Sheet



Application deadline:              February 7, 2014


Due via email to:                    Nancy Pardee


Applicant Name:


Mailing Address:








Name of Faculty Referees:


Title of Proposed Course:




Brief Description of Proposed Course: