Open Call for Faculty: Eastern, Central, and Western Time Zones

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research (BISR), a non-profit critical education and research institute which integrates rigorous but accessible scholarly study with the everyday lives of working adults, seeks scholars who are interested in joining our Associate faculty to design and teach rigorous seminar-style courses for adult students across multiple time zones, both in and outside the U.S., especially, but not limited to, Pacific, Central, and Eastern time zones. We invite applications from scholars in every field, though we seek particularly new faculty members with specialized expertise in one of the following collected areas:

Eastern and Western Time Zones

  • Art History: Expertise in early modern and modern art movements and aesthetics and a strong grounding in critical and visual theory required. Fluency with Frankfurt School critical theory is strongly preferred. Ability to teach pre-modern subjects and/or non-European work is a plus but not required. Seeking candidates to teach on subjects including European avant-gardes of the pre-, inter-, and post-war periods, contemporary art from digital work to new experiments, and a wide-array of related subjects
  • Literature: Theoretically and historically informed, conversant in multiple literary theoretical modes, including structuralism and post-structuralism, Marxism, postcolonialism, queer theory and feminism; conversance in history and theory of the novel and a facility for teaching individual authors and works, both canonical and non, is preferred. Although courses will be taught in English, the call is open in terms of regions and languages
  • Natural Sciences: Historically informed, interdisciplinary approach, able to teach introductions to and topics in a natural science non-technically and to broad audiences; ability to connect discipline to historical and social context, and a conversance with social scientific and humanistic questions, is strongly preferred
  • Critical Race Theory: Conversant with and able to relate CRT to other theoretical modes, including Marxism, critical theory, and social scientific or humanistic disciplines, particularly contemporary sociology, political economy, and/or American history
  • European Intellectual, Political, and Cultural History: Theoretically informed, interdisciplinary approach; preferred specializations: early modern thought, nation-state formation, French Revolution, social and economic history, “long” 19th century history (imperialism, industrial and political revolution, cultural history), German history, Russian Revolution, WWI, WWII, Soviet Union, post-war Europe
  • Area Studies: Expertise in humanistic and social scientific disciplines in relation to non-European Eastern Hemispheric countries and geographies, including literature, history, philosophy, political science, economics, and sociology. Familiarity with critical theory, Marxism, and contemporary feminist and post-colonial thought and methods is preferred
  • Psychology: Interdisciplinary approach, expertise in psychoanalysis and the ability to relate it to other psychological methods as well as disciplines, i.e. literature, social theory, feminist and queer theory, cultural and social history, as well as familiarity with Marxism and Frankfurt School critical theory, is strongly preferred; conversance with social and cognitive psychology is a plus

We also welcome applications from scholars working in the fields of media studies, geography, legal studies, and architecture whose approaches and proposed courses are complementary with BISR’s existing curriculum.

Western Time Zones Only

  • Feminist Theory: Expertise in feminist thought ranging from early theorists to second wave, third wave and contemporary thinkers; strong preference for candidates who can connect foundational works to contemporary issues in a range of disciplines from political economy to critical race studies to queer studies. Familiarity with feminist work in the Global South and/or concerning colonial relationships is a plus
  • Heterodox Economics and/or Political Economy: Able to teach courses in political economy, heterodox economics, macroeconomics, classical and modern economic thought, statistical methods, and issues in contemporary economics and political economy; conversance with both mainstream economics and heterodox thought (in particular, but not limited to, Marxian economics), as well as political economy
  • Philosophy/History of Philosophy: Expertise or strong familiarity with multiple traditions within the history of modern philosophy, including rationalist, empiricist, Kantian, Hegelian, Marxist, phenomenological, and analytic traditions
  • Critical Theory/Social and Political Theory: Expertise in Marxism, Frankfurt School critical theory, Benjamin (especially approaches influenced by the works of Susan Buck-Morss, Miriam Hansen, etc.), social and political philosophy, materialism. Theory and methods in the social sciences, familiarity with major thinkers and schools of thought in social and political theory.

BISR also seeks applications to join our Second Faculty. A unique feature of BISR pedagogy, second faculty provide, on a course by course basis, logistical support to primary faculty and, as a spur to discussion, in-classroom input, often from an alternative disciplinary point of view. Candidates for the second faculty cohort should be PhD candidates at or around the point of completion of their exams, though individuals with PhDs will also be considered. The position is compensated with a small stipend.


Associate faculty members teach at will usually between 2 and 6 courses per year. Associate faculty are paid 69% of the course revenue generated by enrollment.

Successful candidates for all faculty positions will have or be working toward a terminal degree in their field, have teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, a strong commitment to pedagogy, and interdisciplinary research interests that complement those of other BISR faculty.

We very strongly encourage applications from individuals belonging to historically underrepresented minority groups. We are also particularly interested in applicants who, in addition to teaching, wish to take an active part in non-classroom BISR programming, including Praxis (classes, workshops and materials designed to provide research and analytic frameworks to non-profits, labor, political, and other public-interest organizations), digital projects, an ongoing podcast series, forthcoming publications, development, and other programming. Faculty will be teach multiple seminars on the BISR model annually. BISR does not solicit one-off classes.

BISR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. Again, we strongly encourage applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups.

Candidates interested in either an Associate or a Second Faculty position should submit a CV and three short course proposals/ideas to BISR’s Executive Director ( and Program Director ( with the subject line “BISR Faculty Application 2020.” (For a sense of the kinds of courses, formats, and styles BISR employs, please visit the course archive.) If possible, please note in which time zone you’d expect to teach in 2021. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 2nd.

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