The Department of Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching Ethics and Applied Ethics courses to support the Philosophy major/minor and the Bioethics minor. This position will also support the UMKC Essentials general education program, which has pressing needs in both Critical Thinking and Civic and Urban Engagement. Ability to teach Introductory Logic is preferred. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track, benefit-eligible position to begin August 2024. The search committee will prioritize candidates with a demonstrated excellence in teaching and student mentorship. We are looking for a long-term colleague who can contribute to UMKC’s mission to engage and serve our diverse body of students and the community.
A Ph.D. in Philosophy or a closely related field is required at time of employment. ABD candidates with an expected degree completion date before August 1, 2024 also will be considered. Previous teaching experience in ethics, applied ethics, logic, and general education courses is preferred.
To apply, submit an application electronically at https://info.umkc.edu/hr/careers/academic-positions. Applications must include: (i) a cover letter of no more than 2 pages addressing the applicant’s academic training and relevant teaching experiences, (ii) a cv, and (iii) a teaching portfolio, comprised of a teaching statement, at least one sample syllabus (recently taught courses preferred), and evidence of teaching performance (i.e. sample evaluations, additional training, etc.). All application materials should be combined into one PDF or Microsoft Word document with a maximum size of 11 MB and uploaded as your resume attachment. Please limit the document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). Please also arrange for three official letters of reference to be sent to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Bruce Bubacz, via email at BubaczB@umkc.edu. Where possible, we request that the letters address the applicant’s teaching. Initial review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023. Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Bruce Bubacz at BubaczB@umkc.edu.
The Department of Political Science and Philosophy is part of the UMKC School of Social Sciences and Humanities. The department currently has 10 full-time faculty members, divided between Philosophy and Political Science. The Philosophy program offers a major and a minor, in addition to the Bioethics minor. UMKC is a public, urban research university, located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. A part of the University of Missouri System, UMKC has 125 academic programs, across 12 schools and two campuses. UMKC has an increasingly diverse student population, enrolling students from 50 states and 85+ countries. 40% of UMKC students identify as international, mixed race, or a member of a minority group. UMKC’s faculty are leaders in their fields and exceptionally committed teachers. With a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, professors have the opportunity to build and maintain meaningful connections with students. UMKC strives to connect campus and community through service learning and community focused scholarship. Kansas City sits on the western edge of Missouri, with a metropolitan area of over 2 million people. It is consistently ranked in US News’ Top 100 places to live and is known for its affordability, rapidly growing economy, and its thriving music, art, and food scenes.
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