Philosophy and Religious Studies
The University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Philosophy beginning August, 2018. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses in philosophy and our general education program, conducting research, and providing service to the university and community. Research expertise should be in any area in the philosophy of science.
The successful candidate will be able to teach courses in the philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, logic, and the university’s upper-level General Education course in the humanities. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate students, results in publications, and contributes to advancing the department, university, the profession, and society. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace the principles of diversity and inclusion as a member of the university community.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand by the time of application. We seek a colleague with demonstrated excellence in teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate students, clear evidence of scholarly potential in the philosophy of science, commitment to working with diverse populations and serving as an active member of the university community. We also desire a colleague who can teach a survey course in modern philosophy. Candidates should demonstrate appreciation for the academic study of philosophy as fundamental to critical thinking and the aims of a liberal education. Salary is commensurate with academic preparation and experience.
The teaching load for this position is 4/4, comprised of philosophy courses and the university’s general education course called “World of Ideas.” Research expectations include publications. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors to students majoring in the Liberal Studies Program administered by our department. Faculty members are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities. Service responsibilities include committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as participation in community organizations as relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest. Faculty at UW–Whitewater may be required to teach online and/or in a hybrid format, or courses in the evenings or on weekends. Faculty may also elect to teach the New Student Seminar, to lead a University Learning Community, or participate in other programs geared toward improving to student success.
The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers a minor in Philosophy, a minor in World Religions, and a major and minor in Liberal Studies. Our philosophy courses familiarize students with basic issues, problems, and methods of philosophy, as well as with the history of philosophy. Our religious studies courses explore ideas and issues relating to the world’s major religions, focusing on the intellectual, historical, cultural, and personal dimensions of religion in human life. The department also offers a Liberal Studies degree that helps students contextualize their learning through the lens of liberal education and personal and social responsibility, acquire skills in writing, research, and communication, and gain breadth of knowledge in arts, humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences.
UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu ) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of university design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.
UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).
Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).
UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.
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UW-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model. New faculty are provided with additional resources to ensure a strong start in their teaching and research activities. A first-year professional development program is also provided to all new faculty, including participation in ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices (http://acue.org). UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).
TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION:
Complete application materials received by Friday, December 15, 2017 are ensured full consideration. Incomplete and/or late application materials will not receive consideration.
Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process; skype interviews will be conducted in January 2018.
If you have questions regarding this position, please contact:
Chris Calvert-Minor, Associate Professor
Philosophy & Religious Studies
Complete applications will include online submission of the following materials: