Adjunct Faculty in Global Works and Society
New York University Liberal Studies Faculty of Arts and Science
United States


Liberal Studies at New York University is seeking instructors to join our adjunct faculty pool, specifically to teach Global Works and Society classes in the Liberal Studies Core. Successful candidates will be contacted on an as-needed basis to fill section openings, if and when such openings arise. Candidates must be prepared to deliver course content remotely if conditions do not allow in-person instruction.  

Liberal Studies provides a unique interdisciplinary educational experience to undergraduate students. The Liberal Studies Core consists of a two-year interdisciplinary global curriculum drawing on great works across civilizations. The Global Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts, one of NYU’s premier liberal arts degrees, builds on the global core with an upper division interdisciplinary set of concentrations that direct students toward different areas of global study.

There are three courses in the Global Works and Society sequence, as follows:

Global Works and Society: Antiquity

Global Works and Society: Antiquity is a discussion-based seminar that introduces students to the ancient world and ends with the dissolution of the Western Roman Empire, of the Gupta Empire in India, and of the Han Dynasty in China. This course takes a global perspective and uses an interdisciplinary approach. Part of its aim is to explore enduring questions such as the relation between the individual and society, between justice and power, and between humanity and the divine.

In addition to drawing from seminal texts from the Mediterranean world and the Middle East, instructors give extended attention to at least one non-Mediterranean/non-European culture. The ancient societies from which the texts emerged are as much objects of study as the ancient texts themselves. Students are encouraged to make connections between earlier ideas, the students' own lives, and the world today. Students are also encouraged to distinguish between understanding a text in its historical setting and engaging in broad historical criticism. Accordingly, writing assignments strive to strike a balance between close reading and comparative assessment.  

Students are expected to produce at least 3000 words of finished writing, to complete a midterm and final exam, and to participate actively in class discussion. The course meets twice weekly, for 75 minutes per class session.

Global Works and Society in a Changing World

The second semester of Global Works and Society spans a thousand years, from the rise of Islam and the reunification of China under the Tang dynasty (in the 7th century C.E.) through the Scientific Revolution and the decline of the Mogul empire in India. This course invites students to consider great ideas that have often helped earlier peoples organize their lives--but which have also set them in conflict, sometimes with other communities, sometimes among themselves. Such ideas have sparked movements for ethical and social reform, for conquest, for the recovery of lost classics, and for religious renewal.

Vast new empires appear during this period, but so do challenges to their rule.  Religious conflicts lead to civil war, and modern science emerges as a challenge to traditional beliefs. Throughout, different conceptions of human nature emerge and collide.  Oppression gives rise to new movements for greater equality and individual rights, and bitter struggles for power lead to the creation of large new colonial empires, whose effects linger to the present day. In addition, the world's different civilizations come into increasing contact through exploration and trade. Students are expected to consider these ideas and developments critically, with an eye to their philosophical, political, and historical significance; and they are encouraged to explore the ways in which texts that have often been read in exclusively Western contexts yield new meaning when placed in non-Western settings.

Students are expected to produce at least 3000 words of finished writing, to complete a midterm and final exam, and to participate actively in class discussion. The course meets twice weekly, for 75 minutes per class session.

Global Works and Society: Modernity

Global Works and Society: Modernity examines major intellectual and historical events from the Enlightenment and the Qing dynasty (around 1700) to the contemporary world. This period has seen some of the most rapid and significant changes in human society and scientific understanding. At the same time, many of the enduring questions of humanity have become even more critical as disparate cultures interact in a new global arena. 

The authors and themes studied in GWS: Modernity come from a range of texts both interdisciplinary and international. Among the themes the course explores are the philosophical and political debates that followed the creation of global colonial empires, as societies from around the world confronted imperial policies and institutions. The course considers the rise of vast, new international markets, the spread of revolutionary and national liberation movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, new challenges to established property, and the social effects of industrialization. In addition, instructors discuss postmodern attempts to question and undermine the institutions and practices that structure contemporary societies. Students consider criticisms of Western practices that come from both within the West and from other regions of the world, giving special attention to the reception of Western texts by other traditions, and, conversely, the influence of these other traditions on the West.

Students are expected to produce at least 3500-4000 words of finished writing, to complete a midterm and final exam, and to participate actively in class discussion. The course meets twice weekly, for 75 minutes per class session.


Minimum qualifications: A Ph.D. in History, Political Science, Philosophy, or a related Humanities field is strongly preferred, though senior doctoral students (ABD) with teaching experience will be considered; a minimum of one year of college-level teaching experience; and demonstrated excellence in teaching. Experience with remote teaching is strongly preferred. Candidates must embrace interdisciplinary, intersectional, and global perspectives.

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted through Interfolio, and include ONLY (1) a cover letter (please identify in the cover letter which Global Works and Society class(es) you feel equipped to teach, as well as any experiences that may have prepared you to teach remotely); (2) a current c.v.; and (3) a Diversity and Inclusion Statement addressing past and/or potential future contributions to diversity through teaching, professional activity, and/or service (additional information can be found here

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Liberal Studies offers a global liberal arts curriculum at sites around the globe in the context of a leading research university. We seek scholar/educators of the highest caliber whose work reflects an interest in global diversity.  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. 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:

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