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Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Santa Clara University

Job category Junior faculty / Fixed term
AOS Open
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Organization's reference number R2495
Location Santa Clara, California, United States
Start date September 2022
Job description

Position Title:

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer - Philosophy Department

Position Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Salary: Salary depends on years of teaching experience and number of courses taught. Benefits eligible.


The Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for two fixed-term, one-year term positions (non-tenure track). AOS/AOC is open. We seek someone who is qualified to teach a substantial range from the following courses:

  • A two-quarter Core Curriculum sequence in Critical Thinking and Writing for first-year students.
  • A two-quarter Core Curriculum sequence on Culture and Ideas for first-year students, essentially a diachronic survey of some issue of cultural and philosophical significance across cultures.
  • Introductory applied ethics courses, particularly in Business Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Ethics and Technology, and Ethics and Race.
  • Introductory logic (formal or informal).
  • A lower-division Metaphysics and Epistemology survey with an emphasized writing component.

The candidate may also be asked to teach upper-division courses in his or her research specialty. The successful candidate will teach the equivalent of 7 courses over the year, with at least two courses in each quarter, fall, winter and spring. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with an 11th week set for final examinations. Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to, and exemplary record of, undergraduate teaching.

Located in the heart of northern California’s Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit, Catholic university and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion; in this spirit we particularly welcome applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

Basic Qualifications: Ph.D. in Philosophy prior to date of appointment. The successful candidate will have experience and a proven record of excellence in teaching undergraduates, along with evidence of professional engagement. Readiness to teach a wide range of introductory courses across the philosophical curriculum is essential. Experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities, and potential to contribute to one or more departmental, college, or university priorities will be especially valued. Applicants should be aware of Jesuit educational philosophy, the social justice mission of the University, and the mission of the Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University.

Preferred Qualifications: (1) Experience with inclusive pedagogical practices that advance SCU's goals of diversity and equity. (2) Experience teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate students.


TEACHING (95%) Fulfilling all responsibilities associated with teaching the assigned courses, including:

a. Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared manner that demonstrates a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively;

b. Assigning and evaluating assignments that align with the course description and course learning outcomes, and providing timely feedback to students;

c. Holding regular weekly office hours on campus;

d. Submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline;

e. Administering numerical and narrative evaluations for all courses;

f. Where applicable, teaching from an approved syllabus for the University Core courses assigned or working with the Chair to design an appropriate syllabus for submission for approval from the relevant Faculty Core Curriculum Committee;

g. Developing courses for which they are responsible and contributing to general curriculum development.

SERVICE (5%) Faculty Handbook section defines service as “fostering and advancing the mission and goals of the department, the University, or the profession through contributions other than teaching and scholarship or creative work such as service on committees, participation in professional organizations and activities, and community service performed in virtue of their professional expertise or association with the University.” Service may more specifically include attending department meetings, serving on committees, advising student organizations and honor societies, taking part in student recruitment/orientation efforts, and contributing to the accreditation or program assessment. To respect the time and commitment of AYAL faculty members, service expectations must be commensurate with the full-time equivalency of the appointment. Service is typically evaluated as 5% of the appointment. Additional service must be included through an assignment letter as part of the faculty member’s formal written appointment.

Other minimal instructional or academic duties may be assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or the Chair of the Department.

Start Date: 9/01/2022

Posting Detail Information: Application close date: 6/03/2022, Open Until Filled

 Application Materials: Please submit the materials below to the Workday system via the Human Resources website:


The application will include:

1. A cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. A personal statement addressing teaching philosophy and experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities

4. Student evaluations of teaching and other indications of teaching effectiveness, including original and unedited institutional summaries of numerical evaluations and unedited student comments on teaching (as are found in narrative evaluations of teaching) if possible. Please include a brief explanation of numerical scales or relevant comparisons used.

5. Samples of course syllabi

6. Graduate Transcripts

7. Writing sample (may be a dissertation chapter, published or unpublished work)

8.  Please have your recommenders send their confidential letters of recommendation directly to this email address: [email protected] 

This job advertisement will be open until June 3, 2022.

Work Authorization:

Santa Clara University does not sponsor any visa applications for this position. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States.

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see https://www.scu.edu/title-ix/policies-reports/

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. The Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is Jenna Elliott, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 408-551-3043, [email protected] , www.scu.edu/title-ix. Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). 

Clery Notice of Availability

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its' commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the Department of Human Resources, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at [email protected]

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

How to apply
Application type Online
Our online application system unfortunately does not permit letters of recommendation to be submitted there, so you will need to have your letters submitted to the department email address, [email protected]
Web address to apply https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/recruiting/scu/scu/j...
Hard deadline June 3, 2022, 11:59pm PST
Web address for more information https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/recruiting/scu/scu/j...
Contact name Scott LaBarge
Contact email
Contact phone 408-554-4093
Time created May 13, 2022, 8:44pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date June 3, 2022, 11:59pm PST
Expired on June 5, 2022, 12:46am PST
Last updated September 1, 2022, 3:00pm UTC
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These positions opened unexpectedly but need to be filled relatively quickly. We hope to have completed the hiring process by mid- to late June.