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Instructor (EXPIRED)

School of Arts & Sciences, Madison Area Technical College

Job category Junior faculty / Tenured, continuing or permanent
AOS Open
AOC Introduction to Philosophy, Elementary Logic, Reason in Communication, Ethics: Theory and Application, Contemporary Moral Issues, East/West World Views, Business Ethics, Ethics and Medicine.
AOC categories African/Africana Philosophy
Arabic and Islamic Philosophy
Asian Philosophy
Philosophy of Language
Biomedical Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
Value Theory
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 20120601349
Location Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Start date August, 2013
Job description

This is a full time position beginning with the Fall 2013-2014 academic year. Starting salary $52,607 – $87,743* depending on qualifications and experience. Salary is based on a nine-month teaching contract. Newly hired instructors serve a three-year probationary period.

* The salary schedule for the Fall 2013-2014 academic year will be adjusted pending publication of the recently amended collective bargaining agreement for 2011-2014.

Madison College provides a generous benefit package. This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement, including a fair share provision. Newly hired instructors serve a three-year probationary period.

Start date: August, 2013.

Organizational Function and Responsibilities:

Responsible for instruction in Philosophy at the college transfer and vocational levels. Instructors develop learner-centered instructional strategies, collaborative curriculum, and assessment instruments for continuous improvement. Instructors participate in college service activities at the department, center and college levels. This position reports to the Dean, School of Arts & Sciences.

Essential duties:

The following duties are typically expected of this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  1. Instruct students in Philosophy, including but not limited to the following courses: Introduction to Philosophy, Elementary Logic, Reason in Communication, Ethics: Theory and Application, Contemporary Moral Issues, East/West World Views, Business Ethics, Ethics and Medicine.
  2. Develop and implement learner-centered instructional strategies, including alternative delivery strategies when appropriate including but not limited to hybrid, face-to-face and on-line course delivery.
  3. Assist and advise students with assignments, tests, grades, course content and other academic matters.
  4. Assess student progress and evaluate student performance.
  5. Work actively with college personnel in developing student retention and recruitment strategies, including strategies focused on minority students.
  6. Collaborate with other programs and areas of instruction to develop and implement instructional and curriculum articulation strategies.
  7. Design curriculum to: a. instruct in a variety of traditional and non-traditional formats; and b. meet student and community needs in a multicultural environment.
  8. Comply with college policies and procedures regarding student testing, record keeping, advanced standing, grading and maintaining office hours for student assistance and advising.
  9. Assist students in learning experiences outside the classroom such as internships, work/study opportunities and community service.
  10. Maintain certification as an instructor with the Wisconsin Technical College System
  11. Comply with all aspects of Board policies, work rules, and the appropriate collective bargaining agreement.
  12. Attend division, department and other college meetings.
  13. Participate in appropriate staff development activities such as diversity awareness, technology training, etc.
  14. Demonstrate a commitment to the college values of excellence, respect and integrity.

Knowledge, abilities & skills:

  1. Knowledge of and experience with: a. A thorough grounding in analytic philosophy, with some knowledge in its major fields: logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of religion
b. A strong academic background in the current topics taught at the college and in potential courses to be developed for transfer
c. Current educational methods and strategies
d. Learner-centered instruction, assessment, evaluation
e. Collaborative techniques
f. Strategies that address closing the gap in student access and achievement across race, gender and disability.
  2. Ability to use technology to deliver high-quality instruction. (i.e. online and hybrid course formats, course software such as Blackboard, video, interactive television, etc.)
  3. Knowledge and ability to infuse multicultural perspectives into course content and delivery.
  4. Demonstrated success in working with populations having diverse socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.
  5. Skill in oral and written communication.
  6. Ability to interact with business, industry, other educational institutions, and government agencies to establish partnerships.


  1. Master’s Degree in Philosophy; or Master’s Degree in related area with a minimum of 18 graduate credits in Philosophy from an accredited public or private institution. Course work must include at least 3 credits of advanced logic (500 level or above).
  2. One (1) year (2000 hours) of Philosophy teaching experience.
  3. One (1) year (2000 hours) of non-teaching work experience. Work experience must come from the categories listed on the Wisconsin Technical College system website: systemattic.wtcsystem.edu/certification/occexp/809-00-0.docx

Special Instructions to Applicants:

A completed application consists of the above stated required documents and typed responses to the following questions. Failure to submit all materials could result in disqualification.

  1. Cover Letter. Letter must address your experience in: developing learner-centered instructional strategies; collaborating with faculty to develop curriculum and student success strategies; assessing student learning; using technology as a teaching tool; working successfully with diverse populations; other skills and experiences relevant to the job description.
  2. Course syllabus. Please include at least one sample course syllabus for an introductory philosophy course you have taught within the past three years. If you are chosen for an interview, you may be asked to provide additional samples of course syllabi.
  3. Sample lesson – Assume you are teaching students who are enrolled in a variety of two year occupational degree programs. Using a case study of your own choosing, describe how you would introduce students to the practice of applying ethical reasoning as a way to help resolve ethical dilemmas in the workplace. Discuss both the content you will cover and any specific teaching strategies and activities. Be sure to cite any sources from which you borrow ideas for your lesson. * Please attach your answers as a pdf or MSWord document. Limit your answers to no more than two (2) pages total *.

If you are chosen for an interview, you will be asked to give a 15 minute teaching demonstration on a topic yet to be determined.

How to apply
Application type Unknown (see text above)
Hard deadline November 23, 2012, 11:59pm CST
Web address for more information http://jobs.matcmadison.edu/postings/7787
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Time created October 13, 2012, 7:49pm EST
Scheduled expiry date November 23, 2012, 11:59pm CST
Expired on November 23, 2012, 11:59pm CST
Last updated October 18, 2012, 8:05pm EST
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