NYU Florence is seeking a part-time lecturer to teach a course in the first year Liberal Studies Core, Arts and Cultures (Antiquity; Crossroads), under the sponsorship of NYU Global Liberal Studies. The first course in the sequence, Antiquity, would be taught in the Fall 2022 semester (Sept. 1 - Dec. 20, 2022). Candidate would be considered for the second course in the sequence, Crossroads, (in the Spring 2023 Semester) based upon performance and evaluation
Arts and Cultures is taught in English and meets twice per week for 90 minutes each session, for 14 instructional weeks plus a 29th session during "finals week" for the final exam. The instructor will work collaboratively across other course sections, for shared co-curricular opportunities for students, including (but not limited to) course-related excursions, cultural activities and film nights.
The instructor role includes all preparation, delivery, and grading. Using the city of Florence as a course element (e.g., having students write about an excursion, bringing a guest speaker to class, etc.) is an expectation for the course. Courses are to be intellectually challenging in content, and rigorous student assessment is required. The instructor must be prepared to deliver course content remotely if conditions do not allow in-person instruction. Candidates should present demonstrated experience and commitment to interdisciplinarity and a teaching approach informed by global and local perspectives. Candidates must demonstrate experience and ability to teach with a global, interdisciplinary, and intersectional emphasis. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who share Liberal Studies' commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and who can contribute to the diversity of intellectual life in Liberal Studies and NYU Florence.
The Arts and Cultures sequence (Antiquity and Crossroads) investigates literary, musical, visual, and performing arts produced across the globe in a variety of media from antiquity to the early 18th century. These courses treat the works of cultures from around the globe as texts in their own right, as contexts for each other, as ways of understanding the civilizations in which they were produced and their trans-regional connections. In crafting individual courses within a coherent global curriculum, instructors give special attention to moments of encounter between cultures, explore intercultural transmission, consider how cultures define themselves by constructing cultural Others, examine how difference within cultures relates to difference across cultures, and ask what elements of artistic expression, if any, cross outside the boundaries of culture into universally human systems of value.
Students are required to write 3,000-3,500 words of graded writing or the equivalent. Two or three distinct assignments are given; they may take the form of essays, journals, photo essays, and/or other serious intellectual projects that include written components. A Midterm exam and Final exam are both required.
Liberal Studies' Core is a dynamic liberal arts curriculum that provides a global and interdisciplinary foundation for nearly 100 NYU majors. The curriculum emphasizes conceptual and spatial frameworks to trace the movement of ideas and the interconnectivity of material culture, through the study of different texts, histories, exchanges, structures and systems, languages, arts, and writing from early antiquity through contemporary times. Small seminar-style classes and close faculty-student interaction ensure the benefits of a liberal arts college.
All classes are global in scope and perspective, discussion-based, small (Writing normally caps at 15 students), and taught by faculty who are experts in their fields. The mission of Liberal Studies is to pioneer an interdisciplinary undergraduate education that engages students in interrogating global traditions and forging the new traditions that will shape the future.
Qualified candidates should hold a PhD or its equivalent in a relevant field, including but not limited to, Art History, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, or Dramatic Literature and have a strong record of research as well as 2-3 years experience teaching. Candidates who have experience in teaching within an American university system to a diverse English speaking undergraduate student body are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those who have experience teaching at the university level in English.
Liberal Studies sees diversity, equity and inclusion and belonging as essential to education and the development of leadership in a globally interconnected world. These values inform LS as a collegial and respectful environment for students, faculty and staff—with particular attention to improving the student experience. Liberal Studies strongly encourages applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis. To learn more about Liberal Studies' commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion please read here:
NYU affirms the value of differing perspectives on the world as we strive to build the strongest possible university with the widest reach. To learn more about the Arts & Science commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion, please read here: http://as.nyu.edu/departments/facultydiversity.html
The successful applicant will shape the syllabus based on the standards and content requirements determined by the sponsoring department.
Terms and conditions will be discussed with the successful applicant. Applicants should be an EU national or currently hold an Italian work permit or passport.
Applications in the form of a current C.V., a letter of interest, a sample syllabus, and student course evaluations (if available) should be submitted online to Interfolio no later than May 23, 2022 We regret that we are unable to notify unsuccessful candidates.
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