Assistant Professor in Code as a Liberal Art

Position Overview:

Eugene Lang College, an undergraduate college of The New School, invites applications for a full-time Renewable Term Appointment as Assistant Professor in Code as a Liberal Art to start July 1, 2020. Code as a Liberal Art is a new interdisciplinary initiative that seeks to increase opportunities for students to combine practical skills in coding and computational thinking with the critical practices and disciplinary perspectives of a traditional liberal arts curriculum. The initiative aims to help students gain a better understanding of the socio-technological landscape and to increase their sense of agency within it while providing a critical framework from which to evaluate technological changes. On a broader scale, it views code literacy as a new form of civic education which is integral to a liberal arts education.
Faculty generally teach five courses or equivalent per year in addition to advising students. The successful candidate for this position will teach 4 courses annually and have one course release to serve as the Director of the new Code as a Liberal Art minor, overseeing course scheduling and hiring of part-time faculty. They will work to integrate the program within the broader university community and support outreach efforts through public programming, developing student internships, etc. They will also be expected to be an active researcher or creative practitioner in their field.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the appointment, applicants are encouraged from a wide range of fields (social sciences, STEM, media studies, humanities and the creative arts). Applicants must have a terminal degree in their field as well as hands-on experience teaching coding. They must have a professional, creative, or scholarly practice that utilizes code and liberal arts, broadly conceived, and an interest in supporting code literacy. They must also be comfortable teaching in a liberal arts college that is based on seminar-style, interdisciplinary learning with a focus on critical thinking and questions of equity and social justice.


  • Other qualifications desired, but not required include: a background that embraces a critical perspective on code/culture/society; administrative experience; and experience with public programming.

Eugene Lang College is an undergraduate liberal arts college with an open curriculum and a focus on interdisciplinary and seminar-style learning. A college of The New School, students can enroll in classes across the university including at Parsons School of Design, the Schools of Public Engagement and the College of Performing Arts. The Renewable Term Appointment (RTA) is a university-wide faculty appointment type. The first contract is generally for 4 years; contracts may be renewed indefinitely, dependent on university need and successful review at the end of each contract. RTA faculty are considered principal faculty and are eligible for research support. They may also may be considered for promotion in rank.
Faculty interested in a full-time proportional (60%) position are also encouraged to apply. Proportional faculty teach and provide university service at a reduced level but are classified as full-time faculty.

Instructions to applicants: 

Complete applications must be submitted on-line using the Faculty application on the New School Human Resource website. With the following required documents as attachments: 1) a letter of interest including a statement about how you would contribute to this initiative; 2) curriculum vitae ; 3) course descriptions for two courses that could be offered in the Code as a Liberal Arts area; 4) evidence of successful teaching; 5) a sample of scholarly or creative work. .
Preference will be given to applications received by Dec. 1, 2019. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information:

The New School is committed to actively recruiting from a diverse pool of applicants. We encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in US higher education to apply. The New School, as well as its individual academic divisions, is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all its activities and programs, including employment and promotion and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.

In addition to a dynamic and progressive work environment, The New School offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts and a tuition waiver. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and offer employee assistance services, health and well-being programs and over four weeks of vacation time per year.

Interested candidates must apply online here.

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