Tenure-track job posting in Asian Philosophy

The deadlines for the job market in philosophy are increasingly spread out, rather than clustering around October-December. For those philosophers still on the job market, I’d like to draw your attention to a post with a deadline of February 15, 2015: West Chester University (link to Philjobs ad). They are looking for an assistant professor whose AOS is Asian Philosophy for a tenure-track position. A colleague of mine from UT-Austin, Steve James, is there as a recent hire in epistemology, and has said excellent things about the department.

Below is a longer description of the job from their human resources page.

Job Title: 15-84 Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Philosophy, tenure-track position, to begin August 2015. AOS: Asian Philosophy; AOC: Open. Normal teaching load 12 hrs/semester. The Department awards both BA and MA degrees in Philosophy, BA degrees in Religious Studies, and Graduate Cer­tificate Programs in Applied Ethics. The department houses the Peace and Conflict Studies minor program and the College of Arts and Sciences offers teaching opportunities in the Honors College and in Women’s and Gender Studies. The University is also home to the Frederick Douglass Institute.

The successful candidate should demonstrate the ability to teach introductory courses in Philosophies and Religions of India, Philosophies and Religions of the Far East, as well as upper division and graduate courses related to the AOS. In addition, the successful candidate should demonstrate the ability to contribute toward our General Education program by teaching introductory courses in Philosophy and/or Religious Studies.

Evidence of scholarly aptitude and earned Ph.D. in Philosophy or Religious Studies; com­pletion of the Ph.D. required by August 30, 2015. AOS: Asian Philosophy; AOC: Open.

Preference will be given to the candidate who demonstrates the ability to include diversity and social justice issues in their syllabi. Undergraduate education is the department’s primary mission and candidates must have a dem­onstrated ability to teach diverse students with varied learning styles. Preference will also be given to candidates who could contribute in some way to one or more of the programs mentioned above which are housed in the department and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Philosophy Department is committed to the notion of shared governance, so candidates with demonstrated administrative aptitude will be strongly preferred.

In order to be considered a finalist, applicants must successfully complete an on-campus interview, which includes both a teaching demonstration and a scholarly presentation.

Submit application materials online at the WCU Employment website:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wcupa/default.cfm. Please submit complete dossier including CV; writing sample; graduate transcripts; evidence of effective teaching (esp. formal teaching evaluations); e-mail addresses of at least three references who will submit letters of recommendation; and at least two course syllabi, one for a graduate level Asian Philosophy course (choice of topic is open), and one or more other course syllabi relevant to AOC. Please have your three references send letters directly to: PHI Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, Anderson Hall 108, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383. The Screening Committee will begin evaluating applications on February 15. The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Pennsylvania State system of Higher Education, continues to build a culturally diverse, broadly trained faculty capable of foster­ing an inclusive environment which is necessary to help prepare our students for the future. West Chester, located 25 miles west of Philadelphia, is convenient to major cultural and commercial institutions, recreational activities, and is within driving distance of Wilming­ton, DE, NYC, and Washington, DC. Salary and benefits competitive.

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.

About Malcolm Keating

Malcolm Keating is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Humanities Division at Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

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