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Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Tenure-Track

Otterbein University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS philosophy and religion
AOS categories African/Africana Philosophy
Arabic and Islamic Philosophy
Asian Philosophy
Latin American Philosophy
Native American Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Westerville, Ohio, United States
Start date August 2024
Job description

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Tenure-Track

Salary $54,500.00 Annually

Location Westerville, OH

Job Type Faculty

Job Number 00258

Division Academic Affairs

Department Religion & Philosophy

Opening Date 10/25/2023

Closing Date 12/1/2023 11:59 PM Eastern


The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Otterbein University, a comprehensive liberal arts institution, is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2024.

We invite applications from teacher-scholars in philosophy, the academic study of religion, and interdisciplinary methodologies with interests in decolonizing approaches to the study of philosophy and religion (including Africana, Indigenous, Islamic, East Asian, and Postcolonial Studies or other fields) that would complement and enhance but not duplicate the existing strengths of the department. We seek applicants with the ability to teach courses in ethics and courses in the study of global Christianities broadly conceived, and contribute to our general education program, Integrative Studies. Opportunities exist for developing new courses in the major, and in interdisciplinary programs. We welcome applicants from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.


Teaching load is 4-3, with departmental and university service obligations. There is a one-course reduction for each of the first two years in exchange for participation in a faculty mentoring program. Candidates should be committed to increasing the diversity of our curriculum and student body. We seek candidates with evidence of excellence in teaching undergraduates, scholarship, and a commitment to recruiting and retaining majors and minors in our department with the ability to excite students about the study of philosophy and Religion.


PhD in hand by start date of August 15, 2024. Evidence of success teaching undergraduates. Area of expertise open, but candidates need to have the ability to teach courses both in philosophical ethics and in global Christianities, and the ability to maintain a research agenda at a teaching-focused institution.


COMPENSATION: For the rank of Assistant Professor - $54,500 (plus full University benefits).

DEPARTMENT: Philosophy and Religion is an interdisciplinary department that is currently composed of one philosopher and one scholar of religious studies. The new assistant professor position would bring together the two fields, offering classes in both philosophy and religious studies. The Department services one major in Philosophy and Religion and two minors (one in Religion, and one in Philosophy). The bulk of our teaching is to general education students (through the Integrative Studies Program) but we also are connected to the Legal Studies Minor, the Sustainability Studies Major, the Art and Art History Major, the Honors Program, and the minor in Race and Ethnic Studies.

OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY: Historically progressive. That is the hallmark of Otterbein University and those connected to this private university nestled in the picturesque, historic Uptown Westerville district in central Ohio and minutes away from Columbus, Ohio’s largest city. Otterbein has set the pace by providing an educational experience that is progressive, innovative, and inclusive. Students come from towns throughout Ohio, as well as many states and multiple countries, enriching the campus through their individual and collective diversity. As a university that educates students of various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, we strive for and value a diverse faculty and staff that reflects our student population and Franklin County. Otterbein is the first university in Ohio to be selected by the American Association of Colleges and Universities to host a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center. Otterbein will work with its own campus community as well as the Columbus City and Westerville City school districts to create positive narrative change about race; promote racial healing activities; and erase structural barriers to equity and opportunity. To learn more about Otterbein, visit www.otterbein.edu.

WHERE: Otterbein University is located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, and has received notable national designations, including two appearances on Money Magazine’s Top 100 list of Americas’ “Best Places to Live” and recognized as one of Forbes “America’s Friendliest Towns.” Westerville has a population of approximately 37,000 people and combines the beauty and convenience of a medium-sized community with the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of Columbus, the state capital, a thriving and diverse metropolitan area of 1.4 million people. Central Ohio is the fastest growing area in the state with stability provided by a diversified economy.

APPLICATION: Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of success teaching undergraduates, three references, and a diversity statement consisting of no more than one single-spaced page, addressing the following two questions: How has a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion informed your teaching, scholarship, and/or professional experience to date? How do you see yourself contributing to Otterbein’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion? For full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2023. Semi-finalists for the position will be required to submit an official transcript for their highest degree earned. A writing sample will be solicited for those applicants invited for on-campus interviews.

Otterbein considers diversity and inclusion as integral parts of the University’s achievement of excellence. We welcome applications from candidates from groups that have been historically underrepresented in health & sport sciences and in higher education.

Otterbein University is an EEO Employer.

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Web address to apply https://apptrkr.com/4730276
Hard deadline December 1, 2023, 11:59pm EST
Web address for more information https://www.otterbein.edu/
Time created October 26, 2023, 8:41pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date December 1, 2023, 11:59pm EST
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