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Ferraro Fellow in Prison Education and Public Philosophy and Visiting Faculty Member in Philosophy

History, Philosophy and Religous Studies, Marymount Manhattan College

Job category Faculty (open rank) / Fixed term
AOS Social and Political Philosophy
AOS categories Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Philosophy of Social Science and Applied Ethics
AOC categories Philosophy of Social Science
Applied Ethics
Philosophy of Race
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location New York, New York, United States
Job description

Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) seeks a scholar-activist with a focus on public philosophy, incarceration, and social justice issues to serve as a Ferraro Fellow in MMC’s Geraldine A. Ferraro Institute for Breakthrough Civic Leadership while holding a visiting faculty appointment in Philosophy (open rank professor) in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Named in honor of MMC’s best-known graduate, the Ferraro Institute is a multidisciplinary platform that draws on the College’s rich history in civic activism and leadership to promote social justice.

This is a full-time faculty appointment for a two-year term with a possible one-year extension. The start date is January 2020 (preferred) or July 2020.  Pending budget approval and additional external success in funding the position, the position might be converted to tenured or tenure-track at the end of the term, and, in the case of tenure, the candidate’s successful application to the Committee on Promotion and Tenure. The Ferraro Fellow will receive salary and benefits consistent with other MMC faculty in the appointed rank. Additionally, the Ferraro Fellow will receive team and project funds to accomplish the goals of this prestigious fellowship. The anticipated teaching load is two courses each semester, with the remainder of the course load assigned to professional activities involving MMC’s college prison programs, at the Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities in nearby Westchester County, NY.

Among the chief responsibilities of the Ferraro Fellow are the following:

  • Developing public programming and innovative projects that connect MMC’s main campus, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with MMC’s college prison programs, at the Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities in nearby Westchester County, NY.

  • Providing professional development opportunities to faculty members who are teaching courses in MMC’s college prison programs and/or are teaching courses on MMC’s main campus that relate to or interact with the college prison courses.

  • Teaching courses in MMC’s prison education programs and providing general academic oversight over these programs.

  • Teaching courses in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies on some combination of public philosophy, social and political philosophy, philosophy of race, and other courses of interest.

  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies in revising the major in Philosophy and Religious Studies with a focus on public philosophy and engaged scholarship.

    Qualified candidates will hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Philosophy or in areas relevant to the position. (Applicants nearing the completion of the doctorate [ABD] with an expectation of degree completion by August 31, 2019 may be considered.) Qualified candidates will have higher education teaching experience and demonstrated experience as a public philosopher knowledgeable in both developing public programing and in faculty development involving engaged pedagogies. They will also possess demonstrated experience applying philosophy—Western and/or global—to pressing public issues connected to incarceration, de-incarceration, college prison programs, and related policy issues, and will have a relevant and active research agenda. The ability to contribute to course offerings in the College’s upper-level Racial and Ethnic Perspectives category is strongly preferred, along with the capacity to contribute to other programs at the College, such as the major in Politics and Human Rights; the concentration in Religious Studies; and the minors in Justice Studies, Social Work, and/or Law and Ethics.

    Applications for the position should include the following items: a cover letter that addresses relevant experience for the position; a curriculum vitae; evidence of teaching effectiveness; a statement of teaching philosophy; a diversity statement; a sample of scholar-activist work; and contact information for three references. The initial application may also include up to three letters of recommendation. We also ask applicants to submit a personal statement that details a plan for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at Marymount Manhattan College.  Applications should be sent to humsoc@mmm.edu; please include “Ferraro Fellow/Philosophy Application” in the subject line. Applications received by October 15, 2019 will be prioritized. The position will remain open until filled.

    Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) is an independent, private, dynamic liberal arts college on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Faithful to the vision of its founders, the College has a long history of reaching diverse populations in need of higher education. The College student body continues to become more diverse as we recruit students from underrepresented groups, including more first generation, LGBTQ, and ethnically diverse students from an international pool.  Providing a small college experience in the heart of the New York City, MMC enrolls approximately 2,000 students each year and has an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College emphasizes community-based and hands-on learning, and is committed to preparing students to become creative changemakers. MMC has one of the oldest continuing college prison programs in the U.S., providing education to incarcerated women at the maximum-security Bedford Hills Correctional for Women and the medium-security Taconic Correctional Facility (also a women’s facility) in Westchester County, NY.

     At Marymount Manhattan College, we fundamentally believe that creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community is a goal fervently to be pursued and translated into action. We place importance on culturally competent faculty who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusivity and actively work toward promoting these values. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about the College’s commitment to diversity, please visit https://www.mmm.edu/offices/presidents-office/diversity-inclusion.

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Application type Email
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Deadline for full consideration: October 15, 2019, 12:00am EST

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Time created September 11, 2019, 1:54pm EST
Scheduled expiry date March 28, 2020, 4:26pm EST
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