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Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, Pacific Lutheran University

Job category Junior faculty / Fixed term
AOS Open
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 0602812
Location Tacoma, Washington, United States
Start date September 1, 2024
Job description

Hiring Range:

$49,000 - $52,000 per year + benefits package

Closing Date:

Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Work Schedule:

Full-time Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor position available September 1, 2024. 9-month position; academic schedule is September to May. Classes begin on September 3. New Faculty Orientation will take place on August 21 and 22. 

General Description:

PLU’s Philosophy Department seeks applications to teach the following courses: two sections of The Examined Life (an introductory course in philosophy), two sections of Ethics and the Good Life (an introductory course in ethics), and two sections of Existentialism and the Meaning of Life (an introductory course in existentialism).

Our school is committed to fostering a diverse academic community consisting of many first-generation students, non-traditional students, and students of color. We are looking for a candidate who will see these students’ backgrounds as assets and who will employ pedagogical methods that will support their success. In addition, our department is committed to scholarly pluralism, which means that the above courses should have a strong basis in the history of philosophy, but may be approached from a variety of philosophical traditions.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Teach the following courses:

    • two sections of Ethics and the Good Life and one section of Existentialism and the Meaning of Life in fall semester;

    • one section of Existentialism and the Meaning of Life in January term;

    • two sections of The Examined Life in spring semester.

  • Hold regular weekly student hours.

  • Attend regular department meetings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to excellence in teaching undergraduate students.

  • Knowledge of effective and inclusive teaching and learning strategies.

  • Enthusiasm for teaching at the undergraduate level within a liberal arts setting.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with both students and faculty colleagues.

  • Commitment to working effectively with a diverse faculty and student body.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2024 for appointment at the Visiting Assistant Professor level. ABD required by September 1, 2024 for appointment at the Instructor level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience.

For questions or more information, please contact Michael Schleeter at [email protected].

How to apply
Application type Online
Applicants should submit an application including a cover letter; CV; list of three references; and a statement of teaching philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement should also explicitly address how you create a learning environment that is attuned to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Web address to apply https://employment.plu.edu/postings/8110
Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information https://employment.plu.edu/postings/8110
Contact name Michael Schleeter
Contact email
Time created May 24, 2024, 2:10pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date November 19, 2024, 9:53pm PST
Last updated May 24, 2024, 2:10pm UTC
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