Joshua J. Kurz
Educator with more than 16 years of experience as an administrator and faculty member. Recognized as an effective teacher, trainer, and supportive mentor with talents for public speaking, group facilitation, and team motivation.
2020 - present
As Deputy Convener I am responsible for much of the day-to-day administration of the Global Studies major at NUS. Duties include curriculum development, managing student requests, staff meeting facilitation, and documenting program activities for the university administration.
2016 - present
My primary duty is to research, write, and deliver university courses on globalization, visual culture, popular culture, and other topics. I also manage teaching assistants, advise students, and supervise student research. Finally, I act as liaison to the NUS career center, work with Global Studies alumni, and serve as the Global Studies Honors Coordinator.
2014 - 2016
As a postdoc, I taught courses on a variety of topics about globalization, conducted research, and published scholarly articles.
As an adjunct instructor at CCAD, I taught a section of Introduction to Philosophy to approximately 25 students. Using a common textbook across sections, I designed the syllabus, weekly discussion topics and seminar format, and assignments.
2011 - 2014
As a GTA, I taught a variety of courses for the Department of Comparative Studies, including cultural studies seminars, undergraduate writing classes, and an introductory class on globalization. Courses were capped at 25 students per term. I was solely responsible for selecting texts, designing the syllabus and assignments, and all grading.
2010 - 2011
As Lead Organizer of the Graduate Employees’ Student Organization, I advocated for improved working conditions for graduate employees at Ohio State University. Duties included outreach to graduate employees across the university, organizing events, lobbying state government, and managing organization resources.
2008 - 2010
As a GTA in the Department of Educational Leadership, I taught one section of “School and Society” to approximately 25 students per quarter/semester. I was solely responsible for selecting texts, designing the syllabus and assignments, and all grading. Discussion format was rooted in principles of democratic inquiry, and assessments often provided students to choose among multiple formats, such as traditional essays or creating art/music, to demonstrate their knowledge of the course.
Between my MSc and PhD, I worked as a Camp Counselor and Property Manager for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore (NJ). I supervised the boys’ unit at Camp Sacajawea Day Camp as a counselor, and on weekends I provided on-site management of the property for private groups and events. I also provided instruction in archery and boating to campers.
2006 - 2008
While completing my MSc in College Student Personnel (a.k.a. Higher Education/Student Affairs), I worked at the Miami University Women’s Center. My primary duties were to supervise the Ambassador Program (9 student staff members), edit/publish the weekly newsletter, and manage special projects.
2005 - 2006
As an AmeriCorps Program Manager for the Partner’s Project at Gonzaga University, I recruited, trained, and placed college student volunteers in three Spokane public schools as tutors and classroom assistants. I supervised 3 staff members and grew the program’s volunteers 400% in one year.
2005 - 2006
As an intern with Gonzaga University Student Affairs, I initiated a project to outreach to men on campus to raise awareness about sexual assault prevention and issues of masculinity and social expectations. This project culminated in a one-day Men's Retreat that brought together students, staff, and faculty to have discussions relating to campus culture, masculinity, and identity. As part of this internship I also advised the student organization Men Against Rape.
2004 - 2005
As an AmeriCorps Program Manager for the Pipeline Project at the University of Washington, I recruited, trained, and placed over 600 college student volunteers in over 100 Seattle-area K-12 schools.
My teaching has been concentrated in a few thematic areas.
Cultural Studies & Theory
Interviewed as an expert in cultures/subcultures and pop culture.