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Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer (EXPIRED)

Dept. of Philosophy, Santa Clara University

Job category Junior faculty / Fixed term
AOS Open
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Organization's reference number R3366
Location Santa Clara, California, United States
Start date 9/01/23
Job description

Position Title:

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer - Philosophy Department

Position Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Salary Range:

Salary range is $68,719 to $72,924, depends on years of teaching experience and number of courses taught. Benefits eligible.

Job Description:

The Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for two (perhaps three) fixed-term, one-year term positions (non-tenure track). AOS/AOC is open. We seek someone who is qualified to teach some substantial subset from the following courses:

  • A two-quarter Core Curriculum sequence in Critical Thinking and Writing for first-year students.

  • A two-quarter Core Curriculum sequence on Culture and Ideas for first-year students, essentially a diachronic survey of some issue of cultural and philosophical significance across cultures.

  • Introductory applied ethics courses (e.g. Business Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Ethics and Technology, or Ethics and Race.)

  • Introductory logic (formal or informal).

  • A revision-intensive writing course that serves as an introduction to metaphysics/epistemology

  • An intro-level historical survey covering the Early Modern period in Western philosophy and/or Western philosophy post-Kant. 

If scheduling permits, the candidate may also be invited to teach upper-division courses in his or her research specialty. 

The successful candidate will teach the equivalent of 7 courses over the year, with at least two courses in each quarter, fall, winter and spring. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with an 11th week set for final examinations. Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to, and exemplary record of, undergraduate teaching.  It is possible to increase the course load to as many as 9 courses if the department needs the coverage and the instructor is willing.

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 and inclusion; 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.

Basic Qualifications::Ph.D. in Philosophy prior to date of appointment. The successful candidate will have experience and a proven record of excellence in teaching undergraduates, along with evidence of professional engagement. Readiness to teach a wide range of introductory courses across the philosophical curriculum is essential. Experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities, 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.

Preferred Qualifications: (1) Experience with inclusive pedagogical practices that advance SCU's goals of diversity and equity. (2) Experience teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate students.


TEACHING (95%) Fulfilling all responsibilities associated with teaching the assigned courses, including:

a. Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared manner that demonstrates a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively;

b. Assigning and evaluating assignments that align with the course description and course learning outcomes, and providing timely feedback to students;

c. Holding regular weekly office hours on campus;

d. Submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline;

e. Administering numerical and narrative evaluations for all courses;

f. Where applicable, teaching from an approved syllabus for the University Core courses assigned or working with the Chair to design an appropriate syllabus for submission for approval from the relevant Faculty Core Curriculum Committee;

g. Developing courses for which they are responsible and contributing to general curriculum development.

SERVICE (5%) The SCU Faculty Handbook section defines service as “fostering and advancing the mission and goals of the department, the University, or the profession through contributions other than teaching and scholarship or creative work such as service on committees, participation in professional organizations and activities, and community service performed in virtue of their professional expertise or association with the University.” Service may more specifically include attending department meetings, serving on committees, advising student organizations and honor societies, taking part in student recruitment/orientation efforts, and contributing to the accreditation or program assessment. To respect the time and commitment of AYAL faculty members, service expectations must be commensurate with the full-time equivalency of the appointment. Service is typically evaluated as 5% of the appointment. Additional service must be included through an assignment letter as part of the faculty member’s formal written appointment.

Other minimal instructional or academic duties may be assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or the Chair of the Department.

Start Date: 9/01/2023

Posting Detail Information: Application close date: 4/21/2023, Open Until Filled,

How to apply
Application type Online
Application Materials: Please submit the materials below to the Workday system via the Human Resources website: https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/scu/scu/job/Academic-Year-Adjunct-Lecturer---Philosophy-Department_R3366 The application will include: 1. A cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. A personal statement addressing teaching philosophy and experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities 4. 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) if possible. Please include a brief explanation of numerical scales or relevant comparisons used. 5. Samples of course syllabi (to a maximum of 2) 6. Writing sample (may be a dissertation chapter, published or unpublished work) 7. Please have your recommenders send their confidential letters of recommendation directly to this email address: [email protected]
Web address to apply https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/scu...
Hard deadline April 21, 2023, 11:59pm PST
Contact name Scott LaBarge
Contact email
Contact phone (408)554-4093
Time created March 20, 2023, 8:43pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date April 21, 2023, 11:59pm PST
Expired on April 23, 2023, 12:46am PST
Last updated May 24, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
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