Each academic year the Center for Latin American Studies appoints an advanced graduate student Preceptor through an internal competition. The BA Preceptor is responsible for leading the BA Colloquium, a required course for Latin American Studies majors, and for guiding 4th year majors through the thesis writing process, and 3rd year majors through the process of selecting a thesis topic. The  BA Colloquium brings together the diverse cohort of 4th-year undergraduate majors (avg. 5–10 students) to enhance the current level of academic, peer, and career-development support. The colloquium meets throughout the academic year via a required course in the Autumn Quarter, followed by regular meetings in Winter and Spring Quarters.

This position requires a full academic year commitment.
This position requires 7 hours of work per week per the UChicago student employment guidelines.

Preceptor Duties

  • Coordinate the curriculum of the BA Colloquium in close collaboration with the Center for Latin American Studies and the CLAS Director;
  • Provide preliminary guidance in identifying workable BA paper topics;
  • Coach students in the strategies of approaching a major research project and identifying and approaching suitable thesis advisers;
  • Guide students as they acquires the techniques of effective research writing;
  • Meet with each student for a minimum of 3 office hours/quarter to provide individual support in the process of writing the BA paper;
  • Assist third year majors in developing a thesis topic, identifying possible faculty advisers, and developing a plan for summer thesis research in the spring workshop.


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.

Questions? Please contact Jamie Gentry