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Elon University’s Philosophy Department sees this post-doc position as an opportunity to share our passion for excellent, innovative teaching, as well as an opportunity to infuse our department with fresh perspectives and ideas.

Elon’s philosophy department prides itself on being teaching- and learning-centered.  We have a particular interest in engaged learning, and we often work together to develop innovative and practical pedagogies.  We are committed to offering our students opportunities not only to gain philosophical knowledge, but also (and perhaps more importantly) to adopt philosophical habits, and to allow those habits to foster greater flourishing in their lives.  Our remarkably collegial community allows for an unusual degree of collaboration regarding teaching, including informal, biweekly “pedagogy lunches,” to discuss emerging matters in our classes; a general “open-door” classroom policy, to facilitate sharing of pedagogical approaches and techniques; and the sharing of our scholarship in teaching and learning, which has taken the form of influential textbooks and articles (some co-authored).  For all of these reasons, we believe that we are an ideal place for a newly minted PhD to develop their own unique approach to teaching philosophy. 

To get to know us more as teachers, check out the books we’ve written:

     Anthony Weston’s 21st Century Ethical Toolbox

     Anthony Weston’s A Workbook for Arguments

     Martin Fowler’s The Ethical Practice of Critical Thinking

and some of our syllabi:
     Critical Thinking
     Crafting a Meaningful Life
     The Meaning of Work
     Reclaiming Democracy

also check out a manifesto that we co-wrote a few years ago!

The post-doc will take the form of a three-year, fixed term visiting professorship (assuming acceptable performance and progress).  It will come with a course load that is slightly reduced from the usual faculty course load (5 rather than 6 courses per academic year), travel and start-up funds, and the eligibility to apply for funding from a variety of internal sources (such as those from the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and the Faculty Research and Development Committee – note that some forms of funding, such as sabbaticals, will not be available to the post-doc).  The post-doc will be invited to take part in workshops and other forms of professional development offered by Elon’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and will also be encouraged to develop mentoring relationships within and outside the philosophy department.  Because the reduced course load is intended to provide additional time to develop pedagogical skills and knowledge, the post-doc faculty will be expected to make significant progress in their pedagogical development, and to report on that progress on their annual self-evaluation.  This position is non-renewable; it is expected that the third year of employment under the post-doc program will be the final year of employment in Elon’s philosophy department.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Teaching of Philosophy. Elon University invites applications for a 3-year, non-renewable Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Teaching of Philosophy, beginning mid-August 2012. Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes applicants from underrepresented groups. AOS/AOC open. The Fellowship is designed as an intensive incubator of teaching skills and a philosophical engagement with teaching as a subject of reflection, systematic and venturesome experimentation, practice, and research. We seek a recent PhD (no earlier than 2009) whose teaching is organic to his or her philosophical life and who seeks to strengthen already promising teaching skills in our energetic and collaborative department and university. Fellows teach five courses per year, participate in departmental activities as well as offerings of Elon's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and enjoy university privileges of Visiting Professors (including eligibility to apply for some internal grants). Fellows may expect mentoring and institutional support as they engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning while also pursuing scholarship in their areas of specialization. Teaching includes introductory and upper-level courses in Philosophy and courses in Elon's General Studies Program.

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 learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site.  Completed applications must be received by January 15, 2012 to receive full consideration.

Send a letter addressing the goals of the Fellowship, CV, transcripts, a substantial statement of teaching philosophy and aspirations, summary of teaching/course evaluations, and three letters of recommendation, to the search chair at philosophysearch@elon.edu, including your name in the subject line