Liberal Studies at New York University is seeking part-time instructors to teach Arts and Cultures of Modernity in AY 2022-23. Successful candidates will be contacted on an as-needed basis to fill section openings in the Liberal Studies Core, if and when such openings arise.
The 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 within a large urban research university. We are especially interested in hiring qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the Liberal Studies community.
The three courses in the Arts and Cultures curricular sequence investigate literary, musical, visual, and performing arts from prehistory to modernity in a global framework. In each course, instructors teach methods of close reading of various types of artistic texts and the practice of interdisciplinary modes of analysis. Students are encouraged to consider modes by which cultural transmission occurs and to make cross-cultural connections between various parts of the world. Classes meet twice weekly, for 75 minutes per class session.
Arts and Cultures of Modernity is a discussion-based seminar, the third of the three courses in the Arts and Cultures curricular sequence. This course explores the arts from the late 17th/early 18th-century to the post-World War II era, examining how they define and reflect both local cultural views and rapidly shifting global understandings of the world. The course considers how the diverse conceptions and conditions of modernity both shaped and were shaped by the arts around the world. Many of the issues pertinent to the course -- industrialization/urbanization; the dislocations, disasters, and opportunities that followed cross-cultural contact; colonialism, decolonization, conflicts of political ideology, and liberation struggles; fundamental redefinitions of mind, language, gender, and sexual identity -- have had very different effects in various parts of the world. Instructors encourage students to explore what it means to study the arts from global perspectives and what "globalization" itself has meant and means in the context of the arts.
Students must complete a total of 3750-5000 words of graded writing or the equivalent, a midterm, and a final exam. The course will meet twice weekly for 75 minutes per class session.
In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the contact hour rate for this position is $149.25. This rate is based on the collective bargaining agreement with Local 7902.
A Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, English, Foreign Language Literatures, Art History with literature teaching experience, or Anthropology with arts focus is strongly preferred, though senior doctoral students (ABD) with teaching experience will be considered. 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 LS and NYU. Candidates must present demonstrated experience and commitment to interdisciplinarity, intersectionality, and a teaching approach informed by global perspectives. Candidates should have the ability to teach the arts produced across the globe in a variety of artistic media. A minimum of one year of college-level teaching experience and a history of demonstrated excellence in teaching is required.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews to commence as soon as possible.
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, ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis. To learn more about the Liberal Studies commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion please read here: https://liberalstudies.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/liberalstudies/student-life/diversity-equity-inclusion.html
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