Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Philosophy invites applicants for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position to teach courses and conduct research in African American /Africana Philosophy or Philosophy of Race or Critical Race Theory to begin in August 2022.
West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
The College of Arts and Humanities is a regional innovator in education that cultivates interdisciplinary collaboration, artistic and cultural programming, and inclusive and engaged citizenship. The Department of Philosophy offers two concentrations, Philosophy and Religious Studies, leading to the bachelor of arts degree, and an M.A. program in Philosophy. It offers minors in Philosophy, Religious Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Applied Ethics. Responsibilities include: • Teaching courses in some combination of area of specialization, World Philosophies, and Introduction to Ethics • Advising and mentoring students • Maintaining an active research agenda • Serving the University and the community through participation in various committees
The typical course load involves teaching four courses per semester at the undergraduate level.
• Ph.D. in Philosophy by appointment date • Area of specialization in some combination of Philosophy of Race, African American/Africana Philosophy, Critical Race Theory • Demonstrated ability to teach introductory ethics courses • Articulate a scholarly agenda that complements department needs • Exhibit the potential to meet Department, College and University requirements for tenure & promotion, including a commitment to service • Demonstrate a critical pedagogy and inclusion of post-colonial, diversity, and social justice issues in their syllabi
• Experience developing online course • Experience developing study abroad courses • Experience in Peace and Conflict Studies, Contemplative Studies or Religious Studies programs • Graduate coursework in Indigenous/Native American Philosophy and/or Latinx Philosophy
West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers highly competitive salaries and excellent benefits.
Electronic application allows an updated vita; three letters of reference; unofficial graduate transcripts; a statement of teaching philosophy; a statement of research agenda; a diversity statement (see below); evidence of teaching excellence such as student evaluations or peer observations; and two course syllabi, one in area of specialization, and the other for an Introduction to Ethics or World Philosophies (all required).
As part of your application for a tenure-track faculty position, we have requested a Diversity Statement. This request highlights our Department's commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness and to cultivate a campus environment that welcomes all. This commitment reflects the Diversity Theme of West Chester University's new Strategic Plan and supports initiatives of our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (WCU Diversity Equity Inclusion). We expect that each applicant's statement will be unique, as informed by their own experiences and goals. Some issues you might address in a 1-2-page statement include the following: (1) How have you supported diversity and inclusion in your interactions with others in classroom and research environments? (2) What have you done to help students from diverse communities (such as underrepresented minorities, non-traditional, LGBTQ, veteran, rural, and/or first generation) succeed, including any programs for these students that you have participated in? (3) Describe your commitment to working toward achieving equity and enhancing diversity at WCU. In particular, how might you contribute to our current diversity initiatives, and do you have any other ideas to help promote equity on our campus?
Review of applicants will begin November 11, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Finalists for this position must successfully complete an on-campus interview including teaching and research demonstrations. Official transcripts will be required of finalists.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances West Chester University’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.
Internal Number: 22-67
About West Chester University
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.