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Assistant Professor (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, California State University, Sacramento

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS History of Philosophy or Metaphysics
AOS categories History of Philosophy
AOC Indian or Chinese Philosophy, Latin American Philosophy, Philosophy of Health or Medicine, or Environmental Ethics
AOC categories Asian Philosophy
Latin American Philosophy
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number Job number 506726
Location Sacramento, California, United States
Start date Fall 2022
Job description

COLLEGE: Arts and Letters

DEPARTMENT: Philosophy

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor


The Philosophy Department, housed in the College of Arts and Letters, has one of the largest undergraduate philosophy programs in the California State University system. In addition to the general major, it offers major concentrations in Ethics, Politics, and Law and in Logic and Philosophy of Science. It serves the campus and its STEM disciplines through its general education offerings, and is the only department on campus to offer courses in every GE category.


California State University, Sacramento is primarily a teaching institution that prides itself on its diversity and its commitment as an anchor university to the state capital and the region. Candidates for this position are expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence in philosophy and a commitment to balancing this priority with an active research agenda and service to the department, college, university, and regional community. 

Normal teaching duties include four courses per semester at the undergraduate level in the areas of specialization and competence. Candidates should have experience or at least demonstrate a willingness to design and teach online and hybrid courses.

A successful candidate’s service would include contributing to the scholarly life of the discipline, contributing to student advising and supervising undergraduate research, participating in our department’s ongoing programs, contributing to our Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, and participating in the systems of shared governance of the department, college, and university. 

Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in the country and California State University, Sacramento reflects this diversity as a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving and Asian-American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. More than half of our students are students of color, one-third of our students are first in their families to go to college, and 49% of our undergraduates are recipients of a Pell Grant.  Accordingly, the Department seeks qualified candidates who can contribute to racial and gender equity, diversity, and inclusion through service, mentorship, teaching, and scholarship.  


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy. ABD candidates will be considered. If ABD, candidates will be required to complete the doctoral degree by August 2022.
  • Evidence of specialization in one or more of the following areas
    • History of Philosophy
    • Metaphysics
  • Evidence of teaching competence in one or more of the following areas
    • Indian or Chinese Philosophy
    • Latin American Philosophy
    • Philosophy of Health or Medicine
    • Environmental Ethics
  • Experience Teaching:
    • Students from underrepresented groups 
    • Courses in GE and the major
    • Teaching, or demonstrated willingness to develop, online/hybrid courses


  • Evidence of ability to contribute to one or more of the following areas:
    • Teaching in more than one of the listed AOCs.
    • The university’s and department’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • The university’s and department’s initiatives in student access, advisement, retention, and graduation.  
    • The university’s initiatives in community engagement and becoming an anchor institution.


Full consideration is guaranteed for applications submitted by January 3, 2022. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Complete applications must include:

(1) A cover letter. Candidates are also encouraged to include a link at the top of their cover letter to a personal webpage that gives some evidence of their capabilities for providing online philosophy instruction and interaction.

(2) A current curriculum vita;

(3) A statement of diversity, inclusion, and equity; Diversity statements will be reviewed to determine candidates’ demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching, research, and service to their university and broader community. Candidates are encouraged to describe the following specific criteria, preferably in this order, (a) their potential and/or demonstrated ability to attract, teach and mentor undergraduates, including their experience supporting the success of a diverse student population, (b) their record on inclusive pedagogy and curriculum as evidenced by their teaching philosophy, syllabi, and methodological approaches, (c) their record, impact, or productivity on inclusive research and scholarship, and (d) their potential and/or demonstrated ability to be a conscientious, inclusive, and engaged member of the university community and the broader community beyond the university.

(4) Unofficial transcripts of all college work (official transcripts required if invited for an interview);

(5) A sample of professional written work; 

(6) Statement of scholarly interest; 

(7) Statement of teaching philosophy;

(8) A teaching “portfolio” including sample syllabi and a list of courses taught or developed;

(9) Evidence of “teaching effectiveness” such as, but not limited to, summaries of peer or student evaluations.

In addition, candidates must also send three recent confidential letters of recommendation. Letters must be sent electronically to the email address [email protected].

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit https://www.csus.edu/administration-business-affairs/internal/your-hr/benefits/disability-parental-leave.html#reasonable-accommodations-interactive-process .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit https://www.csus.edu/compliance/hr-compliance/mandatory-dhr-training.html .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at https://www.csus.edu/clery .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer 
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/.

Eligibility Verification 
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Advertised: November 02, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled

How to apply
Application type Other
As the web address explains, letters of recommendation should be sent to a specific email address.
Deadline for full consideration: January 3, 2022, 8:00am PST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information https://careers.csus.edu/en-us/job/506726/tenure-t...
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Scheduled expiry date May 2, 2022, 5:26pm PST
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