Part-time lecturer, NYU Paris


NYU Paris is seeking a part-time lecturer to teach the following undergraduate course in French Studies: "Science and Reason from Descartes to the Present."

Language of instruction: English

Teaching commences in September 2019; courses meet for 3 hours a week for a 14.5 week term.  

Science and Reason from Descartes to the Present

The rediscovery and reinterpretation of scientific texts from antiquity in the sixteenth century, the invention of the scientific method in the 17th century, and the deep connections between science and Enlightenment philosophies in the 18th century are key moments in the way in which scientists, philosophers, and writers have sought to map the relationship between knowledge, the physical world, and society. This progress, for many, is the very mark of modernity. In this course, such connections will be explored,  as well as the way notions of rationality,  progress, ethics, and of the role of nonhumans have shaped social relations and humans’ relationship to the so-called “natural” (i.e. physical) world.  Through readings in the history of science, literature, philosophy, ecocriticism, and anthropology, from the 17th century to today and our entrance into the “Anthropocene,” this  course aims to tease out  some of the major strands that constitute the scientific world view, as well as some of the ways in which literary texts and cultural productions nuance or question that world view, especially in our times of ecological crisis.  Includes site visits in and around Paris.

About NYU and NYU Paris

Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private university in the United States. The University has degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai and operates 11 global academic centers and research programs in more than 25 countries. NYU Paris is one of 11 study away academic centers in NYU's global network. Students at NYU Paris participate in an immersive study away program while earning credits towards their degree. To learn more, please visit NYU Paris.



Candidates must have a Ph.D. in French cultural studies or a related field, and two to three years relevant teaching experience.

The appointed person will have full responsibility for teaching and coordinating the course. The course is taught in a seminar, discussion-based style and offered to undergraduate students, mostly in their second or third year of study. All students are NYU students enrolled in NYU degrees in New York, Abu Dhabi or Shanghai who come to study at NYU Paris for one semester. Classes take place at our Academic Centre in Paris.

Application Instructions

All applications must be made online through Interfolio ByCommittee at If you are new to using Interfolio Faculty Search you may find the following guide useful: Job Applicant's Guide to Interfolio Faculty Search

Applications must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) C.V., and (3) course outline or synopsis; please be sure to note in particular any relevant teaching experience. Candidates must be eligible to work in France.

Current NYU Paris faculty are encouraged to apply.