NYU seeks 'historically underrepresented minority' for new prof

Neetu Chandak
New York Campus Correspondent

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  • New York University is looking to hire a tenure-track professor to teach subjects such as “racial justice activism” and “intersectional queer and transgender politics.”
  • Despite declaring its commitment to "equal treatment and opportunity" for all applicants, NYU also says it intends to “substantially increase the proportion” of faculty from “historically underrepresented groups."
  • NYU is hiring a tenure-track professor to teach about “racial justice activism” and “intersectional queer and transgender politics.” It’s an equal-opportunity job, but some “groups” are more equal than others.

    A job posting by New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development is advertising for an Assistant Professor in Race, Culture, and Media Studies, and while NYU did not provide salary data to Campus Reform, glassdoor.com reports that assistant professors at NYU make anywhere between $58,675-$211,884, with the average being $126,874.

    "[We] especially encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply."   

    Although the application includes a disclaimer declaring that “NYU is committed to equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process” regardless of race, sexual orientation, etc., the university is actively encouraging and seeking those who come from “historically underrepresented minority” groups.

    The favoritism is all part of NYU’s commitment to “substantially increase the proportion” of faculty from “historically underrepresented groups” in order to “create the most intellectually diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution that we can.”

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    The university has a lengthy wish-list of subject areas that it would like the new professor to address, most of which relate to racial and/or gender-based identity politics.

    NYU is “particularly interested” in topics like “postcolonial and decolonial studies, intersectional queer and transgender politics of race, critical race theory,” and “Africa and African diaspora media studies, including trans-Asia connections to Africa, and the Atlantic world, encompassing the U.S. and Latin America.”

    In addition, the school would like the new professor to be familiar with issues of “representation and underrepresentation in popular media,” “racism and antiracism,” “digital media and racial justice activism,” and “class and racial disparities in media access and adoption.”

    The entry-level position requires a Doctorate, and prospective applicants are instructed to include a statement "describing how you address diversity and inclusion in the scope of your teaching, and broader work."

    Campus Reform reached out to NYU for comment, but did not receive a response.

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    Neetu Chandak

    Neetu Chandak

    New York Campus Correspondent

    Neetu is a New York Campus Correspondent, and reports on liberal bias and abuse on her campus and around the state for Campus Reform. Neetu is a Communications major at Cornell University, where she works with Network for Enlightened Women.

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