BA Preceptorship


Each academic year the Center for Latin American Studies appoints an advanced graduate student Preceptor for the BA Colloquium in Latin American Studies through an internal competition.

The BA Preceptor is responsible for leading the BA Colloquium in Latin American Studies, a required course for Latin American Studies majors, and for guiding 3rd year majors through the process of selecting a thesis topic.

Information about the BA Major can be found here.

The BA Colloquium meets throughout the academic year via a required course during the autumn quarter followed by periodic meetings in the winter and spring to bring together the diverse cohort of senior undergraduate majors (avg. 5-10 students) to enhance the current level of academic, peer, and career-development support. The Preceptor coordinates the activities of the Colloquium in close collaboration with the Latin American Studies Faculty Advisor and meets with each student for a minimum of 3 office hours/quarter to provide individual support in the process of writing the BA paper. This position requires a full academic year commitment.

The 3rd Year Thesis Workshop meets 3-5 times during the spring quarter. During these meetings, the BA Preceptor will help 3rd year majors develop a thesis topic, find a faculty advisor, and develop a plan for summer thesis research prior to the start of the autumn quarter. 

The successful candidate will be an advanced graduate student in the Social Sciences or Humanities with the ability to advise undergraduate students with diverse disciplinary interests, including History, Anthropology, Economics, Biological Sciences, Public Policy, Art History, and Romance Languages and Literatures among others. Advanced graduate students in the Divinity School with a historical concentration are also encouraged to apply. The graduate preceptor will receive a salary of $7,500 from the College for Academic Year 2016-17.  This position is contingent on funding at the expected levels.

DEADLINE: Applications will open February 1, 2016 with a March 15 deadline.


  • Provide preliminary guidance in identifying workable BA Paper topics

  • Coach students in the strategies of approaching a major research project

  • Coach students in identifying and approaching a suitable thesis adviser

  • Guide students as they acquire the techniques of effective research writing

  • Lead the 3rd year BA workshop during the spring quarter


DEADLINE: Applications will open February 1, 2016 with a March 15 deadline.

Applications should include:
  • CURRENT TRANSCRIPT (unofficial from MY.UChicago preferred)
  • LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION (to be e-mailed to CLAS by recommender)

Access the application and application guidelines here. Applications submitted before February 1 or after March 15 will not be considered.


All inquiries should be addressed to 
Jamie Gentry 
5848 S University Ave, Kelly 109A