Open Call for NYC Faculty

The 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 and re-imagines scholarship for the 21st century, seeks scholars who are interested in joining our faculty to teach and design rigorous seminar-style courses for adult students in various locations throughout New York City. 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:

  • Art History
  • Critical Ethnic Studies or Sociology of Race
  • Political Theory
  • Political Science
  • Feminist Theory
  • Heterodox Economics and/or Political Economy
  • Religion and/or Theology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Intellectual History

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.

Successful candidates for all faculty positions will have or be working toward a terminal degree in their field, be located in the New York City metropolitan-area (broadly construed), 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 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. We strongly encourage applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups.

Interested candidates 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 2019.” (For a sense of the kinds of courses, formats, and styles BISR employs, please visit the course archive.) The deadline to apply is Friday, June 28th.

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