Adjunct Faculty Pool: Life Science / Environmental Studies

New York University

New York, NY, US


Liberal Studies at New York University is seeking science instructors to join our adjunct faculty pool, specifically to teach Environmental Studies and/or Life Science. Successful candidates will be contacted on an as-needed basis to fill section openings, if and when such openings arise. Candidates must be prepared to deliver course content remotely if conditions do not allow in-person instruction. 

Liberal Studies provides a unique interdisciplinary educational experience to undergraduate students. The Liberal Studies Core consists of a two-year interdisciplinary global curriculum drawing on great works across civilizations. The Global Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts, one of NYU’s premier liberal arts degrees, builds on the global core with an upper division interdisciplinary set of concentrations that direct students toward different areas of global study.

Life Science

Life Science examines some of the fundamental discoveries and concepts of biological science. The theme of evolution is woven throughout the course. Topics covered include genetics, cancer, cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, and bioethics, with special emphasis on the human species. Many of the topics are discussed within a social and historical context. Global topics and the global nature of scientific problems and scientific processes are frequently emphasized. Selected readings from science journals, newspaper articles, and recent books expose students to the relevance and application of scientific work to their everyday lives, focusing on contemporary topics such as genetically modified organisms and recent outbreaks of infectious diseases.

The course meets twice weekly, with class sessions lasting 75 minutes.

Environmental Studies

Students learn about modern environmental science in the context of contemporary global issues, exploring the impact that the decisions of nations and individuals have on local and world ecologies. The course emphasizes the science involved in environmental decisions while also examining the role of ethics, politics, and economics in environmental decisions at both personal and governmental levels. Students examine such topics as ecology and biodiversity, including the nature and effects of succession, evolution, and invasion species; the atmosphere, including air pollution, ozone depletion, and climate change; sources, use, and misuse of water resources; human population and feeding the world’s people, including developments in agriculture and genetic modifications of organisms; and the nature of Earth’s energy resources and their use by humankind.  

The course meets twice weekly, with class sessions lasting 75 minutes.


Life Science: Adjunct faculty candidates should have a PhD in Biology or a related scientific discipline and at least one year of college-level teaching experience, though senior graduate students (ABD) will be considered. Experience with remote teaching is strongly preferred.

Environmental Studies: Adjunct faculty candidates should have a PhD in an environmental or biological science and at least one year of college-level teaching experience, though senior graduate students (ABD) will be considered. Experience with remote teaching is strongly preferred. 

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted through Interfolio, and include ONLY (1) a cover letter (please identify in the cover letter which course(s) you feel equipped to teach, as well as any experiences that may have prepared you to teach remotely); (2) a current c.v.; and (3) a Diversity and Inclusion Statement addressing past and/or potential future contributions to diversity through teaching, professional activity, and/or service (additional information can be found here

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.