NYU Washington, DC, is seeking a local, part-time lecturer to teach an undergraduate course,Expressive Culture: Art & Museums in Washington DC(description below) at the academic center in Washington, DC in spring 2020.
The course will meet once per week for 3 hours. The semester runs for 14 instructional weeks and includes a 15th session during "finals week" for the final exam. You may refer to the NYU Washington DC Academic Calendar for additional details. Class sessions are scheduled in the morning, afternoon, or evening on each weekday except Fridays. Class sizes are small (usually 10 students).
The instructor role includes all preparation, delivery, and grading. Using Washington, DC as a learning tool (e.g., a guest speaker, an excursion) is an expectation for the course. 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.
Utilizing the offerings of some of the most prestigious art collections in the world as our classrooms, this course will engage in a “hands-on” exploration of key themes in the history of art and notions of the modern age as defined by this field. The course will cover the Early Modern era in the first age of exploration (15th - 16th centuries) to global modernisms of the 20th century and develop tools for appreciating our aesthetic experiences.
Approaching this material from a cross-cultural perspective, this course focuses on the migration of visual culture and the conditions of reception in the various periods we examine. While we will address conventional ways of understanding the history of modern art practice, we will also focus more broadly on both the global and cosmopolitan roots of modernism and the wider, profound political, social, intellectual and cultural shifts in society across varying cultures that marked the “modern” period as it is now come to be understood. We will also look critically at the manner in which museums present art and how that can affect one’s understanding of the work’s meaning.
Expressive Culture courses are intended to introduce students to the study and appreciation of human artistic creation and to foster ongoing engagement with t
he arts. Through critical engagement with primary cultural artifacts, this class will introduce students to formal methods of interpretation and to understanding the importance of expressive creation in particular social and historical contexts. As a part of the College Core Curriculum, it is designed to extend education beyond the focused studies of the major, preparing students for future life as a thoughtful individual and active member of society.
About NYU and NYU Washington, DC:
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 Washington, DC is one of NYU’s 12 study away academic centers where students can participate to study away while earning credits towards their degree. If you would like to learn more, please visit NYU Washington, DC.
All part-time instructions are expected to have a Ph.D. or terminal degree in a related field and in the area of their teaching. Qualified applicants will ideally have 2-3 years of experience teaching at the university level. In some instances, significant professional expertise and experience in a relevant field may be suitable. Ideal candidates should be excellent teachers, who can demonstrate an ability to lead rigorous class discussion, develop assignments that lead students through critical projects, and understand the importance of student-led inquiry in the classroom.
Applications must include a cover letter, an updated CV, and recent student evaluations. In the cover letter, please highlight any relevant experience you have in teaching. Finalists might be asked to provide letters of recommendation.
Consideration for applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed jointly by NYU Washington, DC and NYU New York. The salary will be based on equivalent and appropriate rates for the course. Terms and conditions will be discussed with the successful applicant.
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