Montana State University Assistant Professor of Philosophy in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 19019

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kristen Intemann, Chair, Search Committee (406) 994-5787 or kristen.intemann@montana.edu

Classification Title Assistant Professor

Working Title Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Brief Position Overview

The Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track appointment to begin August 16, 2019, in the area of Philosophy of Technology and Ethics.

The successful candidate will contribute to the undergraduate curriculum for the philosophy major, an interdisciplinary ethics minor, and possibly interdisciplinary courses at the graduate level.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Philosophy by the start date and a demonstrated promise for excellence in teaching and scholarly publication . Experience or willingness to engage in collaborative grant writing related to science, technology, and society and/or STEM ethics education is highly desirable.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Position Number 4A3244

Department History & Philosophy

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year

Semester Fall & Spring

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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track appointment to begin August 16, 2019, in the area of Philosophy of Technology and Ethics.

The successful candidate will contribute to the undergraduate curriculum for the philosophy major, an interdisciplinary ethics minor, and possibly interdisciplinary courses at the graduate level.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Philosophy by the start date and a demonstrated promise for accomplishment in teaching and scholarly publication. Experience or willingness to engage in collaborative grant writing related to science, technology, and society and/or STEM ethics education is highly desirable.

Duties and Responsibilities

The faculty position to be filled is a full-time tenure track appointment with primary responsibilities in research, teaching, and service/outreach. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Department of History and Philosophy, with duties to include teaching foundation courses in the department curriculum, as well as courses in the candidate’s area of expertise; advising students in philosophy; developing a national recognized research program, and participating in professional and university outreach and service activities.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • A Ph.D. in Philosophy is required by start date

  • Area of specialization in Philosophy of Technology

  • Area of competency in Ethics

  • Potential to develop an independent, high-quality research program.

  • Demonstrated accomplishment or promise of accomplishment in teaching

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Background in ethics related to engineering, computing/information technology, geoengineering, biotechnologies, or other emerging technologies

  • Experience /background in collaborative grant writing related to science, technology, and society and/or STEM ethics education.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Be a dynamic teacher and scholar;

  • Have the ability to inspire and mentor students;

  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate successfully and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, and students; and

  • Demonstrate an appreciation for diverse constituencies, and the ability to help students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

Normal classroom environment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University is a highly active department with a strong record of research, teaching, and interdisciplinary studies. The research agendas in the department include the American West, early America, science, environment, technology, Asian studies, and philosophy of science and ethics. The department offers majors in history and philosophy, as well as tailored major options and several minors, including Latin American Studies and Museum Studies. The department is composed of 17 tenure track faculty, 8 non-tenure track faculty, and approximately 30 graduate students. The Department grants Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in History, and holds a strong tradition of achieving excellence in undergraduate education in History and Philosophy.

The College

The College of Letters and Science (L&S), the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in nearly 50 majors, 25 minors and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date August 16, 2019

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 1, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Please note: Three (3) professional references are required upon applying for the position. They must be included in your application. These individuals will receive a direct request from the search committee to submit confidential letters of recommendation.

As part of your application, the following documents need to be uploaded:

  • Cover Letter addressing the Required and Preferred Qualifications

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Writing Sample

  • Teaching Statement

  • One sample syllabus and course evaluation summary

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .