NYU's Los Angeles Program is seeking a local, part-time lecturer to develop, design, and teach an undergraduate course focused on the historical and critical understanding of the tradition of Latinx theater and its connections to the city of Los Angeles.
The instructor will be expected to develop the syllabus for this course with the guidance and collaboration of faculty from the Drama Department at the The Tisch School of the Arts and the NYU Los Angeles Program Director.
The course will take place in the academic center in the Fairfax/La Brea area of Los Angeles. Teaching commences in the Spring 2023 semester (January 24 through May 15).
The instructor role includes all preparation, delivery, and grading. Some administrative assistance is available to support the preparation of course materials. Courses are to be intellectually challenging in content and rigorous student assessment is required.
This class will look at the west coast tradition of Latinx theater and its particular connections with the broader Los Angeles performance community. Focusing primarily but not exclusively on questions of regional development, history, aesthetic specificity, and political impact, Latinx Theater and Performance may look at the development of this particular cultural form as a distinct genre with roots to oral ritual, performance art, studio art and other interdisciplinary influences. The class may trace roots back to the Latin American performance traditions such as Mexican vaudeville, the rise of the political theater in the 1960s, and the complexity of the genre in more contemporary times. Students will read play texts as well as scholarly articles to frame a more in-depth critical analysis of the Latinx performance.
Expectation of Hours:
The class meeting pattern will be discussed with qualified applicants during the interview process. In addition to the time required for course preparation, classroom instruction, and marking, the instructor is required to hold a minimum of one set 60-minute "office hour" per week on location, during which time she or he will be available to meet with students.
About NYU and NYU's Los Angeles:
Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private university in the United States. The University has degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai and operates 12 global academic centers and research programs in more than 25 countries.
NYU's Los Angeles Program is a study away opportunity designed for upper-level undergraduate students planning for careers in the entertainment and media industries. The program combines highly focused academic programming, with a substantial professional development component including rigorous industry internships.
A strong candidate will have a Ph.D. or MFA in a relevant field, as well as experience teaching courses at the undergraduate level within a degree-granting program.
The ideal candidate will be developing the syllabus for this course and should include in their application materials evidence of having developed and taught a syllabus in the area of Latinx Theater and Performance.
Applications must include a cover letter, an updated CV, list of references, (500 word max, including some of the reading and filmic materials to be covered), and course evaluation summaries (if available). In the cover letter, please highlight any relevant experience you have in teaching and describe your teaching philosophy.
Since this position will require the instructor to design the course syllabus, candidates are strongly encouraged to arrive at the interview prepared to discuss potential syllabus ideas for the course. Candidates are also welcome to submit sample draft syllabi during the application process.
Consideration for applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed jointly by senior NYU LA leadership and colleagues in The Tisch School of the Arts. Terms and conditions will be discussed with the successful applicant.
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