Humanities Faculty (Bard Early College)

Bard Early Colleges are founded on the belief that many high-school age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education. Bard Early Colleges act on this belief by providing younger scholars with a tuition-free, credit-bearing college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. Students are taught by college faculty in seminar classes; they receive up to 60 college credits and an associate in arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College, concurrently with a high school diploma. Bard Early Colleges begin preparing students for college work as early as the 9th grade and offer ongoing guidance and academic supports.
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Now in its second decade, the Bard Early College network includes campuses in Manhattan and Queens, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Newark, New Jersey; Cleveland, Ohio; and the Harlem Childrens Zone in New York City. Since 2003, Bard College has awarded 1,825 A.A. degrees to its early college students.

Bard High School Early College Queens — a partnership of Bard College and the New York City Department of Education — invites applications for a full-time faculty position in the Humanities beginning in September 2015.

The literature and history programs at BHSEC Queens are coordinated; in 9th grade, students read American literature in a variety of genres in their English class and concurrently learn to work with primary sources and conflicting interpretations of American History.  In 10th grade, the focus is on world history and literature.  In both years, the focus is on developing students critical reading skills, their ability to work with and appreciate complex texts, and on the writing of informed, coherent original interpretive essays. These skills are further developed in the college, where they take a core seminar each semester, as well as a range of electives.

Ph.D. and college teaching experience, as well as some experience working with or interest in younger students, are desirable. Scholars in American Studies, African-American Studies, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, History, Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, or Sociology are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a letter of interest (including research interests), curriculum vitae and three letters of reference to In addition, please briefly describe a meaningful classroom or education anecdote drawn from your experience as teacher (c. 250 words). Your references can submit their letters of recommendation by visiting

Inquiries may be directed via email to to the attention of Dr. Patricia Sharpe. Review of applications begins immediately and will proceed until the position is filled. Bard High School Early College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. Women and members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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