Distinguished Lecturer/Academic Director – Disability Studies Program

Job ID: 23606
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Performs teaching duties in area(s) of expertise.  Distinguished Lecturers are experienced practitioners or teachers who hold full-time, non-tenure track position with a maximum appointment period of seven years, subject to annual reappointment.

As New York’s leader in online education since 2006, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) offers the most online bachelor’s and master’s degree options at the City University of New York, and serves as the University’s only undergraduate all-transfer college. With 24 degrees and numerous other non-degree and grant-funded workplace learning programs, CUNY SPS meets the needs of adults who wish to finish a bachelor’s degree, progress from an associate’s degree, earn a master’s degree or certificate in a specialized field, and advance in the workplace or change careers. Consistently ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report for its quality online offerings, and noted for its soaring growth and enrollment, CUNY SPS has emerged as a nationwide leader in online education. The School’s renowned and affordable online programs—which offer in-state tuition to all students regardless of where they live—ensure that busy working adults may fulfill their educational goals on their own time and schedule.

Disability Studies is an emerging academic field that explores disability from multiple perspectives, including the social sciences, humanities, science, and the law. CUNY SPS offers groundbreaking, fully accredited programs within Disability Studies including a BA in Disability Studies, an MA in Disability Studies, an MS in Disability Services in Higher Education, an advanced certificate in Disability Studies, and, an advanced certificate in Disability Services in Higher Education.

CUNY SPS currently seeks candidates for a non-tenure track position at the rank of Distinguished Lecturer to serve as Academic Director for the School’s Bachelor’s, Advanced Certificate and MA programs in Disability Studies, and Advanced Certificate and MS programs in Disability Services in Higher Education.

 This is an anticipated vacancy with a start date for the Fall 2022 academic year. 

The general responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, overall supervision of the Disability Studies Program, including support of the full-time and adjunct faculty; publishing an online academic journal about disability studies pedagogy; teaching courses; program and curriculum development and assessment; advisement and support of students; maintaining relationships with the disability community and stakeholders; participation on committees and in School governance; scholarship; and other duties as assigned. 


Bachelor's degree and a record of achievement in a profession or field of expertise related to teaching assignments.  Also required is the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.


The preferred candidate will have the following:

  • Earned doctorate in Disability Studies, social sciences, humanities, the law, or a related discipline.
  • A record of teaching, research, advocacy and/or scholarly activity.
  • Experience in teaching Disability Studies or courses in the candidate’s discipline with a Disability Studies focus.
  • Experience in disability related research.
  • Experience with online teaching and learning in higher education.
  • Experience in and commitment to supporting frontline workers.
  • Commitment to advance the success of an online learning environment.
  • Experience with curriculum and course development, and assessment, with particular emphasis in online course/program development.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with students for advisement and mentoring.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, administration, and staff of the CUNY School of Professional Studies and other divisions across the University.
  • A commitment to the School’s values of equity, diversity and inclusion. 
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills. 


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


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March 12, 2022


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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