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Instructor, Philosophy (Evening) (EXPIRED)

Philosophy Department, Westfield State University

Job category Junior faculty / Fixed term
AOS Introduction to Philosophy of Religion and Introduction to Ethics
AOS categories Philosophy of Religion
AOC Philosophy
Workload Part time
Vacancies 1
Location Westfield, Massachusetts, United States
Start date FALL 2019
Job description

Instructor, Philosophy (Evening)

About Westfield State University:

In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State fosters intellectual curiosity, encourages critical thinking, inspires civic engagement, and promotes a global perspective. We are public teaching institution committed to offering quality programs in the liberal arts and sciences and complementing professional studies curricula where research is strongly encouraged, especially projects that involve undergraduates and/or community partners.

Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The University is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts and offers a high quality of life. Hiking, canoeing, and ski areas are minutes away, the campus is just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.

Job Description:

Campus Title: Philosophy Instructor

Department: Philosophy Department

Job Type: Temporary

Time frame: Fall Semester 2019

Salary: Commence with education and experience

General Statement of Duties:

The Philosophy Department at Westfield State University seeks applications for part-time instructors to cover one section of Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (PHIL-0109) and one section of Introduction to Ethics (PHIL-0102), or to cover both if qualified.




The official course description for PHIL-0109 is as follows:

Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (3) Introduction to philosophy through analysis of religious beliefs and values. Significant topics include the problem of the existence of god(s), the nature of faith, the nature of god(s) and reality, the question of religious revelation, the reliability of religious experience, as well as the sociological and psychological import of religious belief. Special attention is given to the fundamentals of critical analysis and the interpretation of original texts.

The official course description for PHIL-0102 is as follows:

Introduction to Ethics (3) Introduction to philosophy through consideration of classic and contemporary theories of morality and the best life. Topics may include the concepts of freedom, happiness, justice, dignity, virtue, right/wrong, good/bad, alienation, loneliness, obligation, responsibility, rights and duties, as well as the structure of morality. Special attention is given to the fundamentals of critical analysis.

If you are interested in teaching one of these courses but not the other, please make that clear in your cover letter.

You will be responsible for constructing the syllabus and all assignments, and for all classroom instruction and grading. No service responsibilities are attached to this post.


Minimum qualifications.

A master's degree in philosophy, in hand, preferably with a concentration in philosophy of religion or philosophical ethics, or in both. University-level teaching experience preferred, but not essential.

In line with the American Philosophical Association's policies, members of groups underrepresented in the philosophical academy are strongly encouraged to apply.


Exceptions to these requirements may be made for sound academic reasons in certain specialized academic areas. Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above but who can demonstrate exceptional talent and accomplishment are also encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:


For the majority of new employees, the minimum starting salary will apply.

Disability Accommodations:

Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Application Instructions:

An online application is required. A complete application includes the following:


Cover letter

Document containing contact information for three reference providers

Note: When preparing your cover letter, please refer to the minimum and preferred qualifications and, if applicable, include an equivalency statement. Your cover letter should be written in a manner that addresses these qualifications and specifically indicates your availability to teach a course at the university. Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online http://westfield.interviewexchange.com/iecreatemodifyticket.jsp. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.

Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/1489112

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How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://apptrkr.com/1489112
Hard deadline August 30, 2019, 12:00am EST
Web address for more information http://www.westfield.ma.edu
Time created June 6, 2019, 9:31am EST
Scheduled expiry date August 30, 2019, 12:00am EST
Expired on August 31, 2019, 12:46am EST
Last updated October 31, 2019, 3:00pm EST
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