Graduate Teaching Beyond the Quad: How to Secure and Manage Adjunct Positions Outside U of C


Are you looking to expand your teaching opportunities beyond the University of Chicago? Would you like to diversify your teaching experiences before going on the job market? This panel will present perspectives from graduate students across the University who have ventured beyond the quad to teach at local Chicago colleges and universities. The aim of this panel is to provide information on where and how to find teaching opportunities in Chicago during your time as a graduate student, and also prepare you for thinking about how to teach at other institutions. This panel will be of interest to graduate students across all stages of teaching, from TA to preparing for the job market.

During their doctoral programs, our panelists have taught at the School of the Art Institute, Northeastern Illinois University, Loyola University, Elmhurst College.Wheaton College


Katherine Alexander, PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago, recently defended her dissertation on late Qing religious literature and accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Chinese at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Her research interests include the popular literature, culture, and religion of the Ming and Qing. She has taught at the University of Chicago and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Robert Eschmann

Abby Stayart, Program Manager of myCHOICE in the BSD (PhD'12, Genetics). As a former grad student and postdoctoral scholar in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, Abby understands first-hand how difficult it can be to find teaching opportunities, either at UChicago or in the greater Chicagoland area. And yet, we all know that actual in-class teaching experience is highly-regarded, if not essential, in your teaching application. In her current position as Program Manager of the myCHOICE program, Abby coordinates with the Chicago Center for Teaching to develop teaching-centric programming for the STEM community. Abby is excited to offer her perspective on the obstacles and work-arounds that she identified during her training period at UChicago.

Brian Wilson, Associate Director, Volunteer Relations at the University of Chicago (PhD’15, Anthropology) is a recent graduate from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago where he specialized in the archaeology and history of Portuguese colonialism in India with a focus on the production of urban landscapes, governance, and ruination. He has taught widely at UChicago, at other locations in the city, and abroad. Currently, he is an Associate Director of Volunteer Relations at the University, working in nonprofit organization management.


Julie Hanlon, Chicago Center for Teaching Fellow, and PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, is pursuing a joint-PhD in Anthropology and South Asian Languages & Civilizations, and is also a Junior Fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. Her dissertation research examines the socio-economic role of Jain monastic communities in Tamil Nadu, India in the early centuries CE, and combines spatio-temporal and critical analysis of archaeological and textual evidence. She has spent many quarters teaching as a writing instructor in the Humanities Core and as a lecturer in the Power, Identity, and Resistance sequence of the Social Sciences Core. She has also designed and taught courses on Indian archaeology and classical Tamil literature at the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago."