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CUNY Assistant Professor of Arts Education and Urban Equity in New York, New York

Assistant Professor of Arts Education and Urban Equity

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City College of New York

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The School of Education at The City College of New York invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in Arts Education & Urban Equity to begin in the Fall of 2023. New York City is both the country’s largest school district and a vital context in the arts world; arts education sits at the center of this unique context. We seek a scholar whose work highlights the role of arts education in urban K-12 public schools and community settings as a tool for equity, civic engagement, and urban design. The ideal candidate will uplift the role of arts education in public schools as a vital site for empowering young people with the tools of critical creative problem-solving and analysis of how the arts are central to our urban ecosystems.

Primary responsibilities will be to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Arts Education (including justice-oriented arts pedagogies, culturally-sustaining curriculum design, and experimental use of interdisciplinary materials and methods in K-12 classrooms); to assist with the coordination and collaboration of the Art Education and Educational Theatre programs, and a new interdisciplinary program in arts education; to supervise and place student teachers in NYC schools; coordinate fieldwork placements; assist students in meeting New York State teaching requirements; manage systems for mentoring student teachers; engage in community outreach that supports program goals of social justice in arts education; provide academic and career advisement; and participate in service to the Teaching & Learning Department, the School of Education, and the College. The position requires a commitment to scholarly research and teaching resulting in publications, exhibitions/performances, presentations, and public-facing workshops. The successful candidate is expected to actively develop or maintain a coherent research agenda and publication record that emphasizes social justice, culturally-sustaining pedagogies, and classroom equity in education. All faculty are expected to participate in departmental and college-wide committees, service, assessment, and leadership.

The successful candidate will contribute to the diversity of the school by bringing a perspective, way of thinking and creating, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand intellectual conversations and pedagogical approaches of urban K-12 arts education. We seek candidates who have a record of success teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, specifically first-generation college students and those from historically marginalized communities. We are particularly interested in candidates who will bring to their scholarship and teaching practices perspectives that come from nontraditional educational backgrounds and/or understanding of the experiences of those underrepresented in the arts. Ideal candidates demonstrate knowledge of ways that minoritized groups have been marginalized in arts education and concrete ideas about how best to create a just and inclusive learning environment, with particular sensitivity for ways in which racism, sexism, and xenophobia can appear in arts and art education settings.

The candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to teaching learners from a variety of backgrounds, the ability to fully participate in an interdisciplinary environment, and the potential for academic leadership. Candidates should demonstrate their experience with, or aptitude for, departmental administration.

This position is part of a City College cluster hire, spanning multiple Divisions of the College and focused on environmental, cultural, and social justice in New York City and the Harlem community.


Candidates must have earned a terminal degree in Arts Education or a related field (visual art, dance, interdisciplinary arts, educational theatre, music, etc.).

Preferred qualifications include experience working with pre- and in-service arts educators, school-based teaching experience in the arts, a clear record of teaching and research rooted in social justice-oriented arts practices, administrative experience (i.e., project management, event planning, etc.), and an emerging or demonstrated record of research and/or creative work that uplifts justice-oriented arts education in K-12 schools


Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


$52,267-$99,532, commensurate with experience and PSC-CUNY contract

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after October 1, 2022 City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after October 1, 2022 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.

If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period. An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to EmblemHealth. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by EmblemHealth before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the EmblemHealth website.


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Applications, including the following must be uploaded to the CUNYfirst job application website:

  • Letter of Interest

This letter should include career highlights, experience with school-based arts education, and alignment with CCNY’s mission. We encourage applicants to discuss how their scholarship and/or teaching philosophies demonstrate a commitment to fostering inclusive approaches to teaching and mentoring, uplifting conventionally marginalized perspectives, and critiquing systems of oppression within arts education.

  • CV

  • List of three references with contact information

  • Samples of other expository writing are welcome but not required


Open until filled with application review to begin February 1, 2023.


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