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Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy, Santa Clara University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Philosophy of Race
AOS categories African/Africana Philosophy
Native American Philosophy
Philosophy of Race
AOC Non-Western Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, 20th Century Continental, or Applied Ethics.
AOC categories Asian Philosophy
Continental Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy
Latin American Philosophy
Applied Ethics
Ethics
Feminist Philosophy
Normative Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Social and Political Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number FAC001231
Location Santa Clara, California, United States
Start date September 1, 2020
Job description

The Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University, a private Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. A successful candidate with this Area of Specialization (AOS) will be able to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses related to philosophy and race, including PHIL 33, Ethics and Race, and PHIL 186, Philosophy of Race. The successful candidate will have a primary research and teaching focus in philosophy as it engages the conceptual, ontological, epistemological, and normative/ethical questions and problems pertaining to race. Candidates specializing in African-American Philosophy, Africana Philosophy, Black Feminist/Womanist Thought, or other closely related areas will be considered to be within this AOS as well. A candidate should also have an Area of Competence (AOC) in one or more of the following: Non-Western Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, 20th Century Continental, or Applied Ethics. Successful applicants will also be able to teach a range of courses in the University’s Core Curriculum, especially a Culture and Ideas sequence for first year students (https://www.scu.edu/provost/core/foundations/#ci-1-and-2) and introductory ethics courses.

Successful candidates must have a strong commitment to both teaching and research and must be able to establish and maintain an active research program. The official load for tenure-track faculty is seven courses over three academic quarters, with a standard one-course reduction for research-active faculty; thus, the normal teaching load is six courses per year: two 10-week courses per academic quarter, over three quarters. The successful candidate will have a reduced teaching load of five courses in the first year of appointment.

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; 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.

Salary and benefits competitive, includes housing assistance program.

Ph.D. in Philosophy or comparable terminal degree and philosophical expertise prior to date of appointment. The successful candidate will have an Area of Specialization in Philosophy of Race and an Area of Competence in one or more of the following: Non-Western Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, 20th Century Continental, or Applied Ethics. Requirements include experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates, publications or strong promise for publications, and a clear research trajectory. Experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities, potential for fostering scholarly intradepartmental and interdepartmental connections, 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.

Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Conduct assigned class meetings and exams while demonstrating a command of the discipline and pedagogical skill in presenting it effectively.
2. Post and maintain regular weekly office hours on campus.
3. Assign and submit student grades that are accurate reflections of student performance to the Registrar by the designated deadline.
4. Maintain an active research program commensurate to rank and contribute to the research life of the department in a collegial manner.
5. Develop courses and contribute to general curriculum development and assessment in a collegial manner.
6. Serve as an advisor to assigned students and provide informed advice.
7. Engage in service to the department, College, University, profession and the wider community, such as serving on committees, participating in professional organizations and activities, participating in and providing support for department and campus events, working with SCU’s Centers of Excellence and/or Residential Learning Communities, and performing community service in virtue of one’s professional expertise or university association.

A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

To submit nominations or questions, please contact Dr. Lawrence Nelson (lnelson@scu.edu), Search Committee Chair, Department of Philosophy, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053-0310, 408-554-5093.

Initial interviews will be conducted online in late November or early December.

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master’s universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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
Instructions
Please submit the materials below to the PeopleAdmin system via the Human Resources website (Careers, to Faculty Openings; URL listed above). Candidates for this position should submit the following: 1. A cover letter of application addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, teaching philosophy and experience, research agenda and plans, experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities, and ways in which one’s research might foster intradepartmental and interdepartmental connections at SCU. 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. 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). Include a brief explanation of all numerical scales or relevant comparisons used in all evaluations. 4. Sample syllabuses for courses in the AOS and relevant AOCs. 5. Names and contact information of three professional references. The letters will be solicited from recommenders through the applicant portal system upon submission. 6. At least one example of representative scholarship, e.g., a published, peer-reviewed article or book chapter, or dissertation chapter, as appropriate for the candidate's experience.
Web address to apply https://jobs.scu.edu/postings/9144
Hard deadline October 21, 2019, 11:59pm PST
Contact
Web address for more information https://jobs.scu.edu/postings/9144
Contact name Dr. Lawrence Nelson, Search Committee Chair
Contact email
Contact phone 408-554-5093
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