The Center's most robust visiting scholar program is its Tinker Visiting Professorship, which has brought more than 100 distinguished scholars to teach and conduct research at the University of Chicago since being endowed by the Edward Larocque Tinker Foundation in 1981.

Each academic year the Center for Latin American Studies brings 3–4 Tinker Visiting Professors to campus to teach courses in a variety of disciplines and topics. To support their courses, CLAS appoints advanced doctoral graduate student teaching assistants through an internal competition.


CLAS encourages students who meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Students who have defended their dissertation proposal or who intend to defend it prior to the courses's start 
  • Students whose disciplinary training or academic interests align with the Tinker Visiting Professor(s) and/or their course(s)

Teaching Responsibilities

Teaching Assistants complete all reading assignments, attend class lectures, hold office hours for students where needed, and provide course support through assisting with course design, arranging for library course reserves and text copies, assisting with and managing the Canvas site, assisting with grading, and other relevant course duties as assigned and approved by CLAS. These positions requires 11 hours of work per week per the UChicago student employment guidelines.

Questions? Please contact Lindsay Ortega.