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Assistant Professor (EXPIRED)

School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Washington State University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Research on philosophical issues associated with new and emerging technologies
AOC One or more of the following fields: Philosophy of Technology; Philosophy of Science; Science, Technology, and Society (STS); Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics; Epistemology; Philosophy of Race
AOC categories Epistemology
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Race
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number R-10387
Location Pullman, Washington, United States
Job description

Available Title(s):

270-NN_FACULTY - Assistant Professor, 395-NN_FACULTY - New Tenure-Track - Pre-Academic Year

Business Title:

Assistant Professor - Philosophy

Employee Type:


Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

9 Month - Summer

Position Details:

Position Summary:

The School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at Washington State University invites applications for a permanent, full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Pullman, WA, with research interests in philosophical issues associated with new and emerging technologies. Specifically, we seek applicants whose expertise can be applied to the ethical, just, and equitable use of new technologies, such as robotics, nanotechnologies, augmented realities, data security and privacy, Large Language Models (LLM) like Chat GPT and the large-scale deployment of artificial intelligence (AI).

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin the appointment on August 16, 2024.

Job duties: 

  • Teaching two courses each semester within the philosophy degree program

  • Conducting original research, which will be reflected in annual refereed publications and scholarly conference presentations.

  • Serving on school, college, and university committees and participating in the shared governance of the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs.

The workload of this position is 40% teaching, 40% research and 20% service.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Completed Ph.D. in philosophy or related discipline by time of appointment.

  • Demonstrated record of or potential for research in philosophical issues related to the ethical, just, and socially equitable human-technology interactions and new technologies such as, but not limited to, robotics, nanotechnologies, augmented realities, data security and privacy, Large Language Models (LLM) like Chat GPT or the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI)

  • Proven record of or potential for successful teaching and instruction.

  • Demonstrated record of or potential for commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access efforts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An Area of Specialization (AOS) in research on philosophical issues associated with new and emerging technologies

  • An Area of Competence (AOC) in one or more of the following fields: Philosophy of Technology; Philosophy of Science; Science, Technology, and Society (STS); Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics; Epistemology; Philosophy of Race

Inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, Matt Stichter ([email protected]). 

About WSU, Pullman, CAS, and School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs: Washington State University is a land grant, multiple-campus Research 1 institution.  This position will serve on the Pullman campus, which has an enrollment of around 20,000 students and is located in Southeastern Washington on the homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. For more information about the region, please see https://pullmanchamber.com.

Encompassing more than 30 departments, schools, and research institutes on five campuses statewide, the College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of WSU. Together our 730+ faculty and staff deliver more than 50% of WSU’s total undergraduate and graduate instruction, including the vast majority of WSU’s core curriculum. We also drive wide interdisciplinary research in public and community health, environmental change, equity and social justice, and data and technology at the boundaries. As Arts & Sciences celebrates its 10th anniversary as a unified college, we seek to lead a reimagining of WSU’s land-grant mission for the 21st century, expanding the boundaries of creativity and discovery while simultaneously recognizing more completely our obligations to Native and Indigenous peoples.  For more about the College of Arts & Sciences at WSU, please see https://cas.wsu.edu.

The School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs has approximately 300 undergraduate majors and approximately 30 graduate students across its M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Political Science.  Detailed information about faculty and programs in the School appears at https://pppa.wsu.edu. For more information on the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University, see https://cas.wsu.edu/.   

WSU acknowledges that its locations statewide are on the homelands of Native American peoples, who have lived in this region and have been caretakers of the land from time immemorial. The Morrill Act of 1862 established our land-grant institution by providing public and federal lands that are traced back to the disposition of Indigenous lands, often taken by coercive and violent acts, and the disregard of treaties. For that, we extend our deepest apologies. We owe our deepest gratitude to the Native peoples of this region and maintain our commitment towards reconciliation. And as a land-grant institution, WSU is deeply committed to the land-grant mission, its Memorandums of Understanding with Native tribes in the region, and a tradition of service to society. To read the full WSU land acknowledgement, please see https://wsu.edu/about/wsu-land-acknowledgement/.

Additional Information:

Area/College: College of Arts and Sciences

Department Name: School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs

City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164

Department Link: School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Annual Salary: $74,000-79,000 per nine-month academic year

In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.  WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For additional information, please review the detailed Summary of Benefits offered by WSU for Faculty and Total Compensation.

Overtime Eligibility: Not overtime eligible

FTE: 100%

This is a permanent tenure track position.

Posting Close Date: Applicants must submit their completed application by Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need.  A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

How to apply
Application type Online
Applicants must upload the following required documents to their online application. External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application. Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files. Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible. Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Required Documents: A cover letter addressing qualifications for this position. Curriculum vitae A sample of scholarly writing from the past 3 years (for example, dissertation chapter, working paper, or publication) Research statement that outlines your scholarly work and includes your future plans Teaching statement that describes your teaching experience and philosophy, which may incorporate experience from formal or informal teaching and mentoring opportunities, and/or teaching evaluations Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement that includes your demonstrated and or potential for contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts through scholarship/research, and/or teaching/mentoring, and/or service/engagement. There may be some overlap with your research and teaching statements. Names, addresses, and contact information of at least three references who can address your history of and potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service (letters will be requested at a later time without first informing the candidate).
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Hard deadline November 3, 2023, 11:59pm PST
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Contact name Matt Stichter
Contact email
Contact phone 509-335-2544
Time created September 27, 2023, 8:54pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date November 3, 2023, 11:59pm PST
Expired on November 5, 2023, 12:46am PST
Last updated January 5, 2024, 3:00pm UTC
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