CUNY Adjunct Faculty Open Rank – Ethnographies of Work (Multiple Positions) in New York, New York


Stella and Charles Guttman Community College at CUNY is currently seeking Adjunct faculty to teach the “Ethnographies of Work” course sequence during the Spring 1 Session (Period: March 1 - June 11, 2019), Spring 2 Session (June 17 – August 6, 2019) and Fall 1 2019 session (dates TBD). Adjunct faculty perform teaching, research and guidance duties related to their specific course load.

“Ethnographies of Work” is an integral component to the Guttman First-Year Experience and required curriculum. This two-course sequence introduces perspectives on the customs of work as students investigate a range of careers. Students gain a deeper understanding about the world of work and different occupations to make informed decisions about majors and career paths.


ETHNOGRAPHIES OF WORK I: Ethnographies of Work I introduces students to sociological and anthropological perspectives on work as they investigate a range of careers. The course approaches work as a cultural system invested with meanings, norms, values, customs, behavioral expectations, and social hierarchies. Students pose key questions through the lens of ethnography in order to investigate workplaces, occupations, and career pathways in an urban context. Guided by the ethnographer’s assumption that there’s “always more than meets the eye,” students are encouraged to uncover myths and stereotypes about the work world and gain appreciation of how and why work matters to individuals in a range of occupations. Students explore dimensions of work life in the context of contemporary dynamics of disruption, uncertainty, innovation, and diversity, and draw connections between the self and work through readings, films, interviews, and fieldwork. The centerpiece of the course is for students to compose and present ethnographic accounts of workplace relations and vocational pathways as they contemplate their own career journeys.

ETHNOGRAPHIES OF WORK II: Ethnographies of Work II is the second course of a two-course sequence that uses social science concepts, perspectives, and methods to increase student understanding of the work world and the processes and contexts that link the self and work. The focus for the second semester is to conduct an ethnographic investigation on an occupation of interest to the student. Students will conduct fieldwork at a work site; they will use observation, interviewing, and artifact analysis as methods to learn to identify and reflect on personal, cultural, social, structural, and economic aspects of the work experience. Students will also research quantitative data on occupations and employment trends to understand the depth of particular careers. Throughout the semester, students will add more in depth ethnographic writings to their body of ethnographic works and continue to reflect on their own journey toward deciding a career path.


For Adjunct Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor: Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required is the ability to teach successfully.

For Adjunct Lecturer: Bachelor's degree in area(s) of expertise, and the ability to teach successfully.


Adjunct Lecturer: $71.59-89.12/hr Adjunct Assistant Professor: $81.20 - $96.38/hr Adjunct Associate Professor: $87.54 - $107.28/hr Adjunct Professor: $97.11 - $118.19/hr

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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This position is open until filled with review of applications to beginning February 6, 2019


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Job Title: Adjunct Faculty Open Rank – Ethnographies of Work (Multiple Positions)

Job ID: 20045

Location: Guttman Community College

Full/Part Time: Part-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular