Adjunct Faculty (Part-time) for the Core Curriculum

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Hours: Part Time


The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union is actively accepting submissions from qualified candidates to teach in the Core Curriculum. We seek an active, culturally diverse faculty of the highest caliber with an academic background in the humanities or social sciences: anthropology, history, literature, sociology, philosophy, and political science. A demonstrated record of teaching is required.  

We aspire to continue to grow as a place that welcomes and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to contribute to and be part of The Cooper Union. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of academic excellence. We value and are seeking candidates with a variety of social identities including those who have been underrepresented in higher education. Those who possess skills that spark innovation and who -- through their scholarly pursuits, teaching, and/or service experiences -- bring expertise in engaging and sustaining a unified and just community are strongly encouraged to apply. 

About The Cooper Union:  

The Cooper Union was founded in 1859 by philanthropist Peter Cooper to provide an education "equal to the best" to all who qualify, regardless of race, religion, gender, wealth or social status. Today, The Cooper Union provides a rigorous professional education in the Schools of Art, Architecture, and Engineering, including a broad curriculum offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Fostering a culture of collaboration among a diverse student body and faculty, The Cooper Union teaches students that art, architecture, and engineering have cultural, environmental, and ethical contexts and consequences. As students develop their professional abilities, they recognize their responsibility to advance science and art and to create a sustainable future.  

About HSS: 

The Cooper Union is committed to the principle that an education in the Humanities and Social Sciences provides the ethical, social and humanistic framework crucial to personal development, professional excellence, and engaged citizenship. Through their work in HSS disciplines, students gain a deeper awareness of the world in which they must live and act. They learn to think, write, and speak clearly and effectively. Most significantly, an education in the liberal arts offers students the opportunity to become attentive to the social and humanistic implications of their professional work and to acquire the basis for a satisfying cultural and intellectual life. 


PhD degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent and demonstrated strong teaching record required. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. This is a unionized position. 

How to apply:  

Review of applications are ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit your CV, cover letter, teaching philosophy and sample syllabi to Letters of recommendation are optional, but strongly encouraged. 

Closing Date: 

Review of application materials will begin immediately, and are on an on-going basis to fill open positions. 

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submit resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Or email to:

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.