Instructor in Latin American Global Cultures

New York University

United States


Liberal Studies at New York University is seeking a part-time instructor to teach one section of Latin American Cultures in Fall 2020. The course meets twice weekly, Tu/Th 12:30pm-1:45pm. 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.

Latin American Cultures is a discussion-based seminar that offers a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to the diversity in the Caribbean and the Americas beyond the United States and Canada. Given the European, American, African, Asian, and indigenous Indian influences on the region’s varied cultures and societies, the course focuses on one or more of such topics as the social, political, artistic, economic, and ethnological issues of the pre-Columbian, colonial, independence, and contemporary periods. It traces both cultural communities and differences within Latin America. The course also explores Latin American ideas about the place that the region occupies in the Americas and the world.

Both primary and secondary source materials should be assigned, and may include texts (either in full or excerpted), film, various art and media forms, and artifacts. Students are expected to produce 3750-4000 words of graded written work, to complete at least two exams, and to participate actively in class discussion.


A Ph.D. in Latin American Studies, Anthropology, History, Religion, or another relevant Humanities field to be awarded by the date of appointment is strongly preferred, though senior doctoral students (ABD) 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.

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted through Interfolio, and include ONLY (1) a cover letter (please identify in the cover letter 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 until the position is filled. Interviews to commence as soon as possible.

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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