Adjunct Faculty: Core Curriculum courses
Join the first private non-profit undergraduate institution to launch out of Washington, DC in over 100 years! NewU is a truly unique socially responsible start-up university. We are tackling the biggest issues in Higher Education – college access, affordability, student outcomes, and inequity. This is a meaningful opportunity to be a part of a vibrant team early on as we set out to reform Higher Education for the benefit of students, parents, and society.
We seek candidates with a successful track record in industry, government, non-profit, and of course, academia. If you want to be a part of an exciting new university, we want to hear from you!
We are looking for faculty who are exceptionally well-equipped to teach the following core courses:
1. The Art of Persuasion
2. Modern World
3. Psychology of Human Behavior
4. Understanding Other Cultures
Location: Washington, DC – in-person only
Employment Type: Adjunct/Part-Time
Additional Details: NewU is a teaching university. All our faculty members are expected to provide academic advising to students enrolled in the class.
Required Qualifications: Master's Degree or substantial work experience in a relevant field. Ability to relate course content to real-world applications. Ability to tailor instruction and academic support to student needs. Willingness to learn, collaborate, and succeed in a fast-paced entrepreneurial culture.
Required Application Materials: CV/resume + Cover Letter outlining motivation to teach at NewU or anything that may not be apparent from your CV/resume. Indicate which courses you want to teach.
Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the United States.
Teaching and Other Requirements: This job requires teaching 1 section of an in-person class on campus in Washington, DC. Classes are held Monday – Thursday from 10 am – 3 pm, so you must be physically present on campus for classes within those days/times and for academic advising as needed. Fall classes start September 6, and the semester ends on January 20, 2023. Winter Break is Dec 23 – Jan 8, and Thanksgiving Thursday is a day off.
Multidisciplinary Class: Our program and our classes are multidisciplinary. Faculty teaching these classes must ensure that the multidisciplinary nature of the courses is reflected in the syllabus, reading materials, homework assignments, exams, and class interactions.
Core Courses: Prior to specialization, all NewU students are expected to complete a set of required“core” courses, which lay the foundation for subsequent academic and professional career success. These courses are all scheduled during the first year of study.
*** 4 POSITIONS OPEN. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS BELOW. ***
The Art of Persuasion: The course aims to provide all students with a solid understanding of and proficiency in the basic speaking and writing skills required for our success as citizens and aspiring professionals. As a basis of thoughtful and effective written and verbal communication, students will be taught how to select appropriate sources, develop useful reading strategies and habits, and analyze and critique intellectually challenging materials. Course content will focus on the collection, evaluation, and usage of facts and evidence in developing and refining strong arguments, as well as on composition and delivery techniques and styles for different audiences. Students will be assessed through a variety of written and verbal assignments. Special attention will be paid on identifying and avoiding logical fallacies, as well as employing appropriate rhetorical devices in different contexts and situations. The course will also build students’ capacity for interpersonal communication and effective persuasion.
Modern World: The course reviews and discusses key local and global developments in the history of mankind that have led to the present-day world as we know it. The course covers focal points in history since the 15th century from the viewpoint and intersections of military, political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history. Topics begin in the early modern period and end with the beginning of the current millennium: from the so-called great geographical discoveries, the invention of the printing press, and Machiavelli’s writings through the age of political, social, and technological revolutions, the world wars of the 20th century and leading works of modern philosophical thought. The history and impact of imperialism, decolonization, globalization, and technological advancement will be discussed through exploring the past of states, societies, and individuals. Special attention will also be paid to the evolution of political thought, governance, and human rights, as well as issues related to technology, labor, and the public space of our days. Students will also be introduced to the scientific methods employed by the discipline of history, as well as taught how to critique and use primary and secondary sources, compile bibliographies, compose analytical reviews, etc.
Psychology of Human Behavior: This course is an introduction to the field of psychology, beginning with its historical context and looking ahead to some of the directions it is likely to take in the future. It offers as a starting point discussions on how the mind works, the perspectives from which that question can be approached, and directions for further learning. The class covers the evolution of a range of theories from Freud’s theory of personality and psychoanalytic theory to Cognitive Psychology and Positive Psychology. Topics also include classification of mental illnesses; cognitive, behavioral, psychoanalysis, and other therapies overview; models of motivation; emotions and theories on emotions; social psychology; simple and complex learning; memory, and perception. The course will also explore evolutionary theory and engineering psychology, and wrap up with a look at how the science may develop in the future.
Understanding Other Cultures: The course is designed to introduce students to themes in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, ethnicity, world religions, value systems, and ethics in order to critically analyze and discuss notions of “the other”, the construction and power of concepts such as culture, race, gender, class, and nationality. Students learn to work with ideas that help them understand “the self” as a historically
situated idea with practical implications for the organization of cultures and shared value systems.
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