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Department of Philosophy, Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

 

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.

JOB SUMMARY

The Department of Philosophy at California State University, San Bernardino, is hiring a full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor. The area of specialization is Ancient Greek or Roman Philosophy. The area of concentration may be anything that will help the department diversify its course offerings and which does not overlap with areas our current tenure-line faculty teach. We are especially interested in candidates who could offer courses in one or more of Africana (African, African American), East Asian, Indigenous American, Islamic, South Asian, and other less commonly taught philosophies. Since almost all our department’s courses are designated “Writing Intensive,” preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate commitment to and success in helping undergraduates develop as writers.

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate classes for the university’s General Education program and for the Philosophy major. Most Philosophy courses are capped at 28 students. The typical teaching load is 4-4 with 2 preparations (when possible, three sections of one General Education course and one section of an upper division course for majors). Note that pre-tenure faculty are given several course releases and can apply for internal grants to get others. Service responsibilities in the department, including academic advising for our majors, are shared equally among all tenure-line faculty. To earn tenure, the candidate must also demonstrate increasingly intensive service at the college and university level. The department and the university expect the successful candidate to undertake a meaningful program of original research as part of achieving tenure and maintaining currency in the field.

Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff and students across a wide range of disciplines.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Doctorate in Philosophy by the time of appointment (candidates who are ABD at the time of application may be considered).
  • Research specialization in Ancient Greek or Roman Philosophy.
  • Evidence of ability to teach advanced undergraduate courses in Ancient Philosophy (Greek, Roman, or both).
  • Evidence of ability to teach introductory and General Education courses in Philosophy that expand and diversify the department’s current course offerings. We are especially interested in candidates who could offer courses in one or more of African, African American, East Asian, Indigenous American, Islamic, South Asian, and other less commonly taught philosophies.
  • Evidence of commitment to teaching/mentoring students from diverse backgrounds and preparations.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Evidence of successful experience teaching Philosophy to undergraduates, especially students who are first in their families to attend college.
  • Evidence of expertise and success in teaching undergraduates to write philosophy papers.
  • Advanced reading knowledge of Greek and/or Latin.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

To learn more about the Department of Philosophy, visit https://philosophy.csusb.edu and https://bulletin.csusb.edu/colleges-schools-departments/arts-letters/philosophy/#courseinventory.  

We are in an exciting period of renewal and growth—this will be our third tenure-track hire in four years, the number of majors is increasing, we recently overhauled the major itself, and our General Education courses are in high demand.

If you have questions regarding this search, please contact:

Recruitment Chair

Professor Bill Vanderburgh

via email: wvanderburgh@csusb.edu.

Department Chair

Peter Robertshaw

via email: proberts@csusb.edu

 

HOW TO APPLY

Your application should include these elements:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter that includes (not necessarily in this order): 
    1. A description of how you satisfy the required and preferred qualifications for this position, and how you will fit in our department and university.
    2. A statement of your teaching interests and teaching philosophy.
    3. A statement of your research experience and plans for the next few years.
  3. If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as teaching portfolios, reports from   observers of your teaching, and/or student course evaluations). You may include sample syllabi for one or two courses meeting the interests described above, or brief descriptions of how you would structure and teach such courses.
  4. A writing sample in your area of research specialization.
  5. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).
  6. Reference List including the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three disciplinary experts familiar with your research and/or teaching whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation. Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. (If you use a credentials service, let us know how to request those letters.) Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.
  7. Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

Apply by November 1, 2021, for full consideration; late applications may be considered until the position is filled. We plan to conduct initial interviews via Zoom before the winter break in 2021, and on-campus interviews in February 2022.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply using this CSU Recruit Hyperlink at:

https://secure.dc4.pageuppeople.com/apply/873/gateway/Default.aspx?c=apply&sJobIDs=504402&SourceTypeID=803&sLanguage=en-us&lApplicationSubSourceID=11243

Salary is commensurate with experience.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:
https://www.csusb.edu/human-resources/current-employees/employee-relations/conflict-interest

 

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