Call for Chicago Faculty: Literature, Philosophy, and Feminist and Queer Theory

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research seeks scholars who are interested in joining our Associate Faculty in Chicago. 


BISR Chicago launched in the Fall 2023 and is looking to expand its course offerings in the three following fields: 

  • Philosophy
  • Literature
  • Feminist and Queer Theory

Faculty will teach multiple seminars on the BISR model annually. During the academic year 2024-25, Chicago Associate Faculty can expect to teach 1 to 3 4-week courses in Chicago in partnership with various institutions and businesses across the city. BISR does not solicit one-off courses.

BISR Associate Faculty are independent contractors paid on a per course basis, earning 70% of the total enrollment revenue generated by a course.


  • Candidates must be based in Chicago for the majority of the academic year. While online teaching may be an option, Chicago faculty will be expected to conduct the bulk of their teaching in-person in Chicago during the Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer terms. Ideal candidates will be based in Chicago, if not for the long term, then for at least the next 2 to 3 years. 
  • Candidates must be willing to develop new courses as well as teach existing BISR courses that fall within their range of expertise. 
  • Candidates must have or be working toward a terminal degree in their field, have teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, a strong commitment to pedagogy, and interdisciplinary research interests that complement those of other BISR faculty. Doctoral candidates must be ABD in the final stages of dissertation writing. 
  • Candidates must specialize in one of the three fields listed below. We will not accept applications from other fields at this time.



We are particularly interested in applicants who, in addition to teaching, wish to take an active part in non-classroom BISR programming in Chicago and beyond. Such programming may include: organizing one-time events (lectures, screenings, performances), participating in our Praxis and Office Hours programs, as well as our digital projects, podcasts, forthcoming publications, development, and other programming. 

BISR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. We strongly encourage, and will strongly weigh, applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups.


Interested candidates should submit: 

  • a CV
  •  writing sample (can be a book/dissertation chapter, academic paper, or a piece of public-facing writing)
  •  three short course proposals/ideas (We encourage candidates to browse our course archive to help shape their proposals)

Please send your application via email with the subject line “BISR Chicago Faculty Application 2024: [Field in which you are applying].” to the four following persons: Executive Director (; Managing Director (; Program Director (; Chicago Coordinator (

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until July 1st, 2024. We will not consider applications submitted after that date. 


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