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Associate Director, Ethics Institute (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy and Religion, Northeastern University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenured, continuing or permanent
AOS Applied Ethics
AOS categories Applied Ethics
AOC Technology Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Environmental Ethics
AOC categories Philosophy of Computing
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 502581
Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Start date Fall 2020
Job description

The Northeastern University Ethics Institute and Department of Philosophy and Religion seek to hire an Associate Director for the Institute. The Associate Director will work closely with the Institute Director. They will help to manage Ethics Institute programs, collaborate on funded research projects, and contribute to strategic planning, project development, grant/proposal writing, and outreach. The Associate Director will also teach two courses a year in applied ethics (e.g. technology ethics, biomedical ethics, environmental ethics) in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Northeastern University’s Ethics Institute is located within the Philosophy and Religion Department in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. The Institute is home to a diverse array of research, curricular, co-curricular, and outreach programs. The Institute’s mission is to bring ethical analysis and evaluation to bear on social and environmental issues, as well as conduct original research in the areas of applied ethics, ethical theory, social and political philosophy, and religious ethics. More information about the Institute’s current projects and programs can be found at https://www.northeastern.edu/csshresearch/ethics/

Although located within Northeastern’s Philosophy and Religion Department, the Institute collaborates widely across the University, including with law, computer science, engineering, network science, biology, journalism, business, and political science. The Institute also supports ethics-oriented programming, education, and research throughout Northeastern University’s global campus network.

The Associate Director will contribute to all aspects of the Ethics Institute’s mission: research, education, and outreach. In the area of research, the Associate Director will: help to develop and write research proposals; coordinate ongoing research projects by organizing research meetings and supervising undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers; and conduct original research as part of Institute projects. In the area of education, the Associate Director will: teach courses in applied ethics; help to develop curriculum for ethics education for programs around the university; deliver ethics education and trainings around the University. In the area of outreach, the Associate Director will: represent the Ethics Institute at public-facing events; contribute to developing and writing public-facing reports; and help to raise awareness of the Ethics Institute’s work through professional organizations, conferences, the media and online.

This is a permanent, full benefits, administrative position. Although not a faculty position, the Associate Director will be welcomed into all aspects of the Department of Philosophy and Religion’s dynamic and collaborative ethics and philosophy community. 


-       Ph.D. in Philosophy or a related field

-       Experience teaching applied ethics

-       Excellent skills in professional writing and oral communication

-       Excellent research skills in philosophical approaches to ethics

-       Commitment to fostering inclusive, collaborative, and collegial environments

-       Ability to collaborate productively with diverse groups

-       Organization abilities to sustain multiple projects

-       Ability to travel as needed

-       Experience with, or strong appetite for, grant writing, project management (including personnel supervision), and experiential learning

Additional Information

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities is a leader in the Experiential Liberal Arts (www.northeastern.edu/cssh/about/deans-welcome). Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a dynamic and highly selective urban research university in the center of Boston. Grounded in its signature co-op program, Northeastern provides unprecedented global experiential learning opportunities. The College is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes nominations and applications from members of groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in academia.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

How to apply
Application type Online
How to Apply Applications should include a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including sample syllabi), writing sample, and contact information for three letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters should specifically address the applicant’s qualifications for a position such as this. Questions should be addressed to Prof. Ronald Sandler, Ethics Institute Director, r.sandler@northestern.edu. To apply, please go to https://careers.hrm.northeastern.edu/en-us/job/502581/associate-director. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by February 10th will be assured full consideration.
Web address to apply https://careers.hrm.northeastern.edu/en-us/job/502...
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Deadline for full consideration: February 10, 2020, 11:59pm EST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline February 28, 2020, 11:59pm EST
Web address for more information https://www.northeastern.edu/csshresearch/ethics/
Contact name Prof. Ronald Sandler
Contact email
Time created January 27, 2020, 1:19pm EST
Scheduled expiry date February 28, 2020, 11:59pm EST
Expired on March 1, 2020, 12:46am EST
Last updated May 1, 2020, 3:00pm EST
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