NYU's Los Angeles Program is seeking a local, part-time lecturer to design and teach an undergraduate course focused on the historical and critical understanding of the intersections between film, representation, and race for upper-level undergraduate students. The course will be under the sponsorship of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
The course will take place in the academic center in the Fairfax/La Brea area of Los Angeles. Teaching commences in Fall 2019 (September 3 through December 17).
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.
The course will provide a historical and critical understanding of the intersections between film, representation, and race. The specific framework is open, but the ideal candidate will take a humanistic approach and draw upon texts and discourses familiar to the fields of film and visual studies, critical race studies, and, possibly, the historical study of Los Angeles as it applies to this intersection. Possible course material could include such titles as Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash), Insecure (Issa Rae), Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley), Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles), Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk), Red, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms (Frank B. Wilderson III), Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Stuart Hall), and City of Quartz (Mike Davis).
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" on location, during which time she or he will be available to meet with students.
About NYU and NYU's Los Angeles Program:
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 11 global academic centers and research programs in more than 25 countries. NYU's Los Angeles Program is a new 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, including industry internships with a substantial professional development component.
A strong candidate will have a Ph.D., MFA, or equivalent training in a relevant field, as well as experience teaching courses at the undergraduate level within a degree-granting program. Industry experience in film, TV, music, cable, social media, and/or music would be a plus factor for qualified candidates.
Applications must include a cover letter, an updated CV, list of references, a brief course description (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.
Consideration for applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed jointly by senior NYU leadership and colleagues in the Office of Global Programs. Terms and conditions will be discussed with the successful applicant.
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