Adjunct Faculty (Part-time) for History and Theory of Art Electives

Posted On: October 23, 2020

Hours: Part Time


The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union is currently accepting submissions from qualified candidates to teach History and Theory of Art electives . We seek an active, culturally diverse faculty of the highest caliber with an academic background in the following: pre-17th century art history topics, with an emphasis on the non-west; art of the Global South; art, ecology, and climate change; art and mental health; art and race; art and indigeneity. A demonstrated record of teaching is preferred. 

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. 


ABD or PhD degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent and demonstrated strong teaching record preferred. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. 

How to apply: 

Review of applications are ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit your CV, cover letter, and sample syllabi (if available) to Letters of recommendation are optional.  

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of historically underrepresented minority 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

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  • 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.