Assistant Professor, Environmental Philosophy Job Description

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Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track. Elon University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor, beginning mid-August 2017. Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and particularly welcomes applicants from underrepresented groups. We seek a candidate, Ph.D. in hand, whose teaching is organic to their philosophical life and would complement and enrich the Philosophy Department’s long-standing focus on innovative, engaged, praxis-oriented pedagogy. AOS or very strong AOC: Environmental Philosophy. 6 classes per year, typically includes 4 introductory level classes and 2 upper level classes (one or both within Environmental Philosophy, very broadly construed). Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning. To apply, go to http://www.elon.edu/philosophyjob, where you will be asked to submit:

  1.  a cover letter (which should include a statement of how you will help foster diversity and diverse learning within the department),
  2. a C.V.,
  3. transcripts,
  4. a substantial statement of teaching philosophy and aspirations,
  5. a research statement,
  6. a teaching reflection (see web-site for details),
  7. a summary of teaching/course evaluations,
  8. two recent syllabi,
  9. three letters of recommendation, and
  10. the names and contact information for three current or former students who can act as references.

According to best practices for inclusive hiring, we ask that the cover letter, teaching statement, research statement, teaching reflection, and C.V. be prepared for anonymous review (see our website for more detailed instructions on anonymizing process). The first round of application evaluations will focus exclusively on the cover letter, teaching statement, research statement, teaching reflection and C.V. Applications are due by December 1, 2016. If you have questions, please email Stephen Bloch-Schulman, the chair of the search committee (philosophyjob@elon.edu).

We are asking candidates to submit  a cover letter, teaching statement, research statement, teaching reflection, and C.V. prepared for anonymous review that are appropriate for anonymous review.   To prepare them, please remove any references to your name, gender pronouns or race, other than if you choose to address these in the diversity section of your cover letter.  You may still list your publications and presentations, just with your name removed.

Teaching Reflection Guide

We are looking for an innovative, metacognitively aware teacher to join our department. To understand applicants as teachers, we ask that you include one of the following with your application:

  1.  A few examples of student work (identifying information removed), with your feedback (this need not include the grade), and your reflection, of no more than 1 page, on the feedback you provided. What were you trying to accomplish and how were you trying to accomplish it through this particular feedback?
  2. A syllabus or assignment that you have used, with a short (no more than 1 page) reflection on the pedagogical choices therein, how it worked, how you would change it the next time you taught it, and how you came to that view.
  3. A 1 page proposed syllabus, in precis-form, for a new, very innovative class that you have not had a chance to teach, but would like to.
  4. In our College, students can work closely with faculty on Teaching and Learning Apprenticeships. Unlike typical teaching assistantships, where the focus is on the learning of the students traditionally enrolled in the class (and where the TA is a “teacher’s helper,” of sorts), TLA’s are for the rigorous study of teaching and learning in the field. That is, the student who is taking the TLA for academic credit is studying pedagogy. In 1 page, explore how you would approach teaching a student about teaching philosophy; you might take up some of these questions (or others): what assignments, activities and learning are essential to understanding philosophy pedagogy? What would you assign for the TLA to read? What would they produce to assess their learning?