Philosophy Professor

San Jose
Apr 27, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Philosophy Professor
College of the Sequoias

College of the Sequoias Community College District serves a diverse community of learners and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. COS provides a wide range of opportunities in transfer, general education, career and technical programs for our students. We are dedicated to recruiting faculty who are committed to helping a diverse population of students achieve their educational goals. We seek candidates who exhibit an understanding of and commitment to the community college mission, and who have a passion for student success.

Description of Position

College of the Sequoias is seeking a candidate for a full-time tenure-track position in the Philosophy Department. This position will begin August 2017. Duties include teaching a full range of lower division courses including critical thinking, logic, introductory philosophy, ethics, and comparative religions. Class assignments in philosophy may include evening classes, weekend classes, and teaching at any of our locations in Visalia, Hanford and/or Tulare. Other responsibilities include holding office hours and participating fully in departmental responsibilities (course outlines, program and course assessment, program review, schedule planning and staffing, and advising students) to meet the mission of the College. Participation in the governance of the District through committee work, leadership positions, and cooperation with colleagues is encouraged.

Desirable Qualifications

The Social Sciences Division, and Philosophy Department is looking for evidence of the following:
• Successful instructional experience including but not limited to community college teaching of critical thinking and writing; symbolic logic; rule, utilitarian and character ethics, including their application.
• Enthusiasm in the fundamental ideas of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Locke along with more recent contributions of women and people of color.
• Successfully challenging students from diverse backgrounds and the frequently under-prepared students in a philosophy course. (Diversity response will be completed as part of the application).
• Training and experience with student-centered teaching methodologies appropriate for dialogue and reflection in philosophy courses including but not limited to active learning, collaborative learning, distance education, instructional technologies, and/or service learning.
• Active development of learning outcomes, incorporation of outcomes into courses, and use of outcomes assessment to improve teaching and student learning.
• Ongoing professional development in philosophy and teaching.
• Professional commitment to instructional activities (syllabi, course outlines, and program planning), committee work, student advising and activities, workshop presentations, and participatory governance. Enthusiastic participation in professional, campus, and/or community service.

Minimum Qualifications

The candidate must meet the following criteria. The degree must be from an institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or the equivalent.
• Master's degree in philosophy OR
• Bachelor's degree in philosophy AND Master's degree in humanities or religious studies, OR
• The equivalent AND
• Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the
diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
NOTE: If claiming equivalency, please refer to Board Policy 7211.

Conditions of Employment

• Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Initial placement with Master's degree ranges from $57,943 to $76,393.
• Medical/dental/vision insurance program for employee and dependents.
• Retirement Plan provided
• Employee life insurance ($100,000) is provided.
• Contract period is for ten (10) months during the regular
academic year beginning August 2017 through May
• Pre-service orientation and/or in-service meetings will
be offered in August 2017.
• A collective bargaining agreement exists, and
membership in the College of the Sequoias Teachers Association (COSTA) or payment of a service fee is required.

Screening Procedure

Only complete application packages will be evaluated by the screening committee. Application materials will be evaluated to determine how fully the applicant meets the Desirable Qualifications. The most successful interviewees will be invited to a second interview with the District President. All costs incurred as a result of the application/selection process shall be borne by the candidate.

Application Procedure

All applications must be received by Human Resource Services on or before the application deadline.
May 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Applicants must submit the following material to be considered:
• Completed COS Academic/Administrative application. • Diversity Statement (included in the application packet). • Cover letter describing interest in the position and
teaching philosophy.
• Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
• Unofficial copies of transcripts of college/university
work. Official transcripts are required upon
• A sample writing assignment appropriate for an
introductory philosophy or ethics class including your
review criteria.
• Equivalency documents (if necessary)
• Two (2) recent letters of recommendation addressing
pertinent experience or equivalent competencies. At least one letter should focus on teaching skills of the applicant.

Send to:
Linda Reis
College of the Sequoias 915 S. Mooney Blvd. Sequoia Building, Room 5 Visalia, CA 93277

Notice to all candidates for employment

"College of the Sequoias Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military service, or any other basis protected by law."
The District provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, please contact a representative from Human Resources at (559) 730-3867 to request a reasonable accommodation."