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Assistant Professor position in Applied Ethics (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, San Francisco State University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Applied Ethics
AOS categories Applied Ethics
AOC Biomedical Ethics Value Theory
AOC categories Biomedical Ethics
Value Theory
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location San Francisco, California, United States
Job description

San Francisco State University’s Department of Philosophy offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Applied Ethics beginning August 2020. Qualified candidates must have a record of publication and teaching in bioethics and medical ethics.  We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

The Department of Philosophy is a dynamic teaching and research program with a long history of achievement.  It offers two B.A. degrees (in Philosophy and in Philosophy and Religion) and the M.A. degree (in Philosophy), a Pre-Law Emphasis, and a rich array of courses that address the diverse backgrounds of its faculty and students. Its M.A. program attracts students from around the world and has a successful record of placing graduates in doctoral programs and teaching positions. Recently it has made national news for its certificate on ethics and A.I. and for its success at drawing students from underrepresented groups into professional philosophy. Additional information can be found on the Department's web site: https://philosophy.sfsu.edu. For information about San Francisco State University, see http://www.sfsu.edu/.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in bioethics and applied ethics more generally, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing program of scholarship in one’s area of specialty, coordinating field projects in medical ethics, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at http://philosophy.sfsu.edu/employment-department-philosophy.



  • Ph.D. in Philosophy or equivalent. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students


  • Record of teaching contributions in the areas of bioethics and medical ethics
  • Active record of scholarship related to bioethics and medical ethics
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and scholarship
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities
  • Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

ApplicationSubmit letter of interest, a current CV, at least three letters of reference, a writing sample, a description of research, evidence of potential for successful teaching and scholarly achievement, and a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Philosophy Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community. Application review begins November 2019 and continues until position is filled.

Submit all application materials online to [email protected] with subject line saying “Applied Ethics TT Search.”

Direct queries to Hiring Committee Chair Carlos Montemayor [email protected] and Department Chair Ásta [email protected].

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

How to apply
Application type Email
Submit all application materials online to [email protected] with subject line saying “Applied Ethics TT Search.”
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Deadline for full consideration: November 1, 2019, 1:00pm PST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information https://www.sfsu.edu/
Contact email
Time created September 3, 2019, 12:23pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date March 17, 2020, 1:21pm PST
Expired on March 17, 2020, 1:46pm PST
Last updated May 17, 2020, 3:00pm UTC
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