Lecturer in Writing as Exploration

New York University


NYU Madrid is seeking a local, part-time instructor to teach a section of “Writing as Exploration” for Fall 2021 (September 2nd - December 22nd); based on performance, there is the possibility of teaching Writing as Critical Inquiry in Spring 2022. Writing as Exploration is taught in English and meets twice per week for 90 minutes each for 14 instructional weeks plus a 29th session during "finals week" for the final exam. The schedule is either Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday. 

The instructor role includes all preparation, delivery, and grading. Using Madrid as a course element (e.g., having students write about an excursion, bringing a guest speaker to class, etc.) is an expectation for the course. Courses are to be intellectually challenging in content, and rigorous student assessment is required. The instructor must be prepared to deliver course content remotely if conditions do not allow in-person instruction. Candidates should present demonstrated experience and commitment to interdisciplinarity and a teaching approach informed by a global perspective. 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 Madrid.

Course Details

The first in a two-course series, Writing as Exploration introduces students to the essay genre and complicates their understanding of its varied forms and functions. The course offers occasions to practice essay writing across disciplines and in several modes, including personal, critical, academic, and journalistic. It also exposes students to writing, reading, and critical thinking skills necessary for undergraduate work as well as writing beyond academic contexts, and introduces them to some of the interdisciplinary and theoretical bases for such practices. The course engages global issues and perspectives through its reading and writing assignments, as well as through the experiential learning it incorporates.  Writing as Exploration thus helps students develop an appreciation for the use of writing as not merely a showcase for knowledge and opinion, but more importantly, as a tool for thinking and inquiry.

Students are required to write 4,000-5,000 words of polished, graded writing. Three major essay assignments (assignments of more than 1,200 words and requiring the submission of at least one draft) is typical for the course.

Link to Course Description on Website: https://liberalstudies.nyu.edu/academics/core-program-curriculum/writing.html

Curriculum Background

Liberal Studies' Core Program is a two-year liberal arts foundation program for first-year and sophomore students distinguished by small classes and close faculty-student interaction. For junior and senior year, students transition to one of NYU's undergraduate degree programs to earn their bachelor's degree. The Core Program curriculum emphasizes the global context across all subject areas and fulfills liberal arts requirements for NYU bachelor's degrees.

All classes are global in scope and perspective, discussion-based, small (Writing normally caps at 15 students), and taught by faculty that are experts in their fields. The mission of Liberal Studies is to pioneer an interdisciplinary undergraduate education that engages students in interrogating global traditions and forging the new traditions that will shape the future.

About NYU Madrid

NYU Madrid is one of NYU’s 13 study away academic centers where students can participate to study away while earning credits towards their degree. If you would like to learn more about NYU Madrid  please visit the website: https://www.nyu.edu/madrid/about-us.html


An MFA in Creative Writing or a Ph.D. in English, Communication Studies, Comparative Literature, or a related Humanities discipline is strongly preferred. Candidates must be legally able to work in Spain at the time of application.

Application Instructions

All applications must be made online through Interfolio ByCommittee at http://apply.interfolio.com/87795. If you are new to using Interfolio Faculty Search you may find the following guide useful: Job Applicant's Guide to Interfolio Faculty Search. 

Applications must include: (1) a current CV in English, (2) a letter of interest in English, which includes an explanation of your pedagogical practices and insights (3) a sample syllabus (4) student course evaluations (if available), and (5) 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 herehttp://as.nyu.edu/departments/facultydiversity/recruitment/diversity-statements.html).

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, physical 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 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:http://as.nyu.edu/departments/facultydiversity.html

Consideration for applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Please direct any questions to James D Fernandez, Program Director at NYU Madrid via email: jf2@nyu.edu