Pre-Modern World History Position

University Laboratory High School in Champaign-Urbana is hiring a high school teacher in pre-modern World History.

History graduates of the History and Social Science Secondary Educator Licensure Programs at Northern Illinois University may be interested in applying for this position.

Undergraduate students who have studied ancient, medieval, and early modern history will be especially well positioned for this teaching position. For more information on the pre-modern history programs at Northern Illinois University, see the Department of History website and especially the webpage on the History Major.

Here (below) is the full position announcement:

Teaching Associate – Social Studies

University Laboratory High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for the position of Teaching Associate in Social Studies at the University Laboratory High School. This is a 9-month, renewable, non-tenure track academic staff appointment at the University of Illinois. Salary is commensurate with degree and experience. This position would begin August 12, 2021 after the successful completion of a criminal background check.

University Laboratory High School is a 5-year public school for 325 select students—including a subfreshman class with students entering from either sixth or seventh grade. A laboratory mission of innovative curriculum development, outreach to other schools and the community, and/or involvement with professional organizations and University of Illinois programs are part of the overall job responsibilities.

Please be advised that this Teaching Associate position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the Uni Faculty Organization/IEA-NEA union. For more information regarding the contract, please go to:

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach 3 sections of 9th grade World History to academically talented students, with a focus on world history before 1500, including world religions, and two semester-long social studies electives at the 11/12th grade level.
  • Develop innovative curricula and teaching strategies, in support of the school’s “lab mission” which includes:
    o Development of innovative curriculum and its dissemination.
    o Advancement of pedagogical practice to academically talented students and its dissemination.
    o Engagement in professional service on and off the university campus.
    o Partnerships with the university on research opportunities.
    o Partnerships with other schools and community entities.
  • Sponsor/supervise students doing extracurricular projects, experiential learning, competitions, or research.
  • Participate in school activities normally required of teachers, such as attendance at faculty, department, and grade-level meetings; committee membership; club sponsorship; and assistance with and support of school functions.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Social Science or Humanities field.
  • Ability to teach both younger students in required 9th Grade classes as well as upper-level students in electives.
  • Evidence of effective and creative teaching experience.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity with regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in a social science discipline or education.
  • Significant experience in social studies education (previous teaching, degree, or educational research) and knowledge of best practices in social studies education.
  • Experience effectively teaching diverse groups of students and the ability to articulate strategies for supporting students with varied experiences and needs.
  • Experience effectively teaching academically talented students.
  • Evidence of effective and creative secondary teaching experience, evidence of integration of technology into instruction, experience in developing innovative instructional materials, experience with teaching research skills, project-based learning, community partnerships, and/or experiential learning.
  • Willingness to participate in interdisciplinary projects and willingness to coordinate intra-departmental curriculum to provide a cohesive five-year social studies education program.
  • Experience with alternative schedules, such as block scheduling.

Application Process:

Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume, contact information for three professional references, and sample lesson plans, examples of innovative classroom activities or materials developed by the candidate, and relevant publications or presentations in science or engineering laboratory or educational research. To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by May 3, 2021. Interviews may begin prior to the close of the search, however, no hiring decision will be made until after the close date. For further information about this position, please contact Jennifer Steiling at

This is a security-sensitive position. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

See the full job ad on H-Net.

This entry was posted in Ancient History, Careers in History, Early Modern Europe, Early Modern World, European History, History of the Western World, Illinois History and Society, Jobs and Positions, Medieval History, Northern Illinois University, Renaissance Art and History, The Past Alive: Teaching History, Undergraduate Work in History, World History. Bookmark the permalink.

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