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CKTS Postdoctoral Scholar (Implementation) (EXPIRED)

Center for Knowledge, Technology and Society, University of California, Irvine

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS "Virtue Theory," "Philosophy of Education"
AOS categories Value Theory
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number JPF08233
Location Irvine, California, United States
Start date October 1, 2023
Job description

The UCI Center for Knowledge, Technology and Society invites applications for a two year (24-month) postdoctoral scholar starting during fall 2023 (10/1/2023 through 9/30/2025) to assist in the implementation of a John Templeton Foundation funded project “Embedding the Development of Intellectual Character within a University Curriculum.”

There are two core questions addressed by the project: How can the teaching of virtuous intellectual character be integrated into a university level curriculum? What are the educational benefits of doing so? While there has been extensive discussion of the educational benefits of teaching for the intellectual virtues, there hasn't been any systematic implementation of these ideas at university level specifically, much less a serious educational evaluation of their effectiveness at this pedagogical level.

The core project questions will be addressed by developing online interdisciplinary modules devoted to fostering intellectually virtuous character in students. These modules will be embedded within the curriculum at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), so that all UCI undergraduate students can benefit from them regardless of their major. The pedagogical effectiveness of these materials will be evaluated via an educational study. The project will be the first of its kind in terms of leading to a wholesale incorporation of intellectual character development into the heart of an R1 university curriculum, at a highly diverse campus.

The CKTS Postdoctoral Scholar (Implementation) will be appointed in the UCI Humanities Center and affiliated with the Center for Knowledge, Technology and Society, as well as either the Department of Philosophy or the School of Education. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field (such as education or philosophy), ideally with knowledge and experience that is directly suited to these project activities (such as experience of working on pedagogical initiatives), and be eager to work in a collaborative setting. The postdoctoral fellow assigned to implementation will be mentored throughout by Dr. Duncan Pritchard, co-PI, and will assist him in the day-to-day activities associated with project implementation.

Duties include:

  • Working with relevant faculty to develop new module content;
  • Setting up and overseeing the filming and editing of module content;
  • Integrating supporting educational materials into the modules;
  • Running faculty training workshops; and
  • Setting up the public (non-UCI specific) version of modules.

This is a two year (24-month), 100% appointment with an annual salary of at least $64,480. Selected candidate will also be eligible to participate in the UC Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan (PSBP). Postdoctoral positions at UCI comply with the University of California union-negotiated postdoctoral contract.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD in a relevant field (such as education or philosophy)
Experience working on a collaborative team.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please provide a cover letter that describes your interest in the CKTS Postdoctoral Scholar (Implementation) position and how your research and experience have prepared you for the position.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are made a tentative offer to a Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at any rank. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form: https://ap.uci.edu/files/2020/07/AuthReleaseForm.pdf

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

Please provide contact information for three (3) references. References will only be contacted if the applicant is selected for final consideration.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF08233


The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being up-to-date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Irvine, CA   POSITION OVERVIEW Salary range: Salary range is $64,480-$66,868 commensurate with experience. Review timeline: Application review begins July 10. Shortlist prepared by July 31. Candidates interviewed by August 15. Offer made by August 31.


Open date: May 27, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Jul 10, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jul 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF08233
Deadline for full consideration: July 10, 2023, 11:59pm PST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline July 31, 2023, 11:59pm PST
Web address for more information https://www.humanities.uci.edu/centerknowtechsoc
Contact name Duncan Pritchard
Contact email
Time created May 31, 2023, 2:30pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date July 31, 2023, 11:59pm PST
Expired on August 2, 2023, 12:46am PST
Last updated September 2, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
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