The Department of Communication and Media Arts at Marymount Manhattan College seeks adjunct instructors for the spring 2018 semester to teach COMM 230 Cultural History of Media and COMM 312 Digital Cultures.  The successful applicant must have a graduate degree (MA, MFA, or PhD), practice student-centered teaching, and be eligible to work in the United States. The current adjunct rate per class is $3,532.  Marymount Manhattan is a four year liberal arts college located at 71st street between 2nd and 3rd. We are open to hiring one instructor for both classes, and we are open to hiring two instructors. The sections we have to offer are as follows.

  • COMM 230 02 Cultural History of Media, Tuesday/Thursday 10-11:21 AM
  • COMM 312 BL01 Digital Cultures, Tuesday 8:30-9:51 AM (half online/half traditional classroom instruction)

Please read the course descriptions below. A syllabus will be provided, but instructors have flexibility to teach to their strengths provided they adhere to the course description and learning goals.

Interested applicants should contact Peter Schaefer at


This course provides an overview of the cultural history of media from the origin of writing to the rise of television broadcast networks.  Old and new forms of communication are put in a comparative framework to understand the relationship of culture to technology.  Topics for consideration include the theories of Socrates and Plato, responses to the printing press, the advent of media industries, and the impact of 20th century media culture on the individual and society.


This course examines the age of digital and networked media, focusing on the Internet and its effects on individuals, societies and cultures.  We focus our investigation on three major themes: technology, content and curation.  We discover how the advent and development of networked computing has transformed the ways that people create, distribute and consume culture and information.  Topics include net neutrality, collective intelligence, user generated content, diversity, inclusivity and filtering. We examine digital control and digital resistance by breaking down the politics and power dynamics of the Internet, including consolidation, censorship, trolling, vigilantism, activism and privacy. We also study technology, content and curation through networked selves and others, when we turn our attention towards the effects of Internet platforms on social relationships, identity formation and humanism.