Instructor - Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Engineering
Functional Areas: College of Engineering & Applied Science
Department: Herbst Program of Humanities
Requisition Number: 14297
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

The Herbst Program of Humanities in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a full-time Instructor position in the Humanities. The University of Colorado Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—CU Boulder has a proud tradition of academic excellence.

The Herbst Program of Humanities was founded in 1989 to offer Great Books seminars to CEAS undergraduates, thereby helping students develop critical thinking and communication skills. Text-based seminars remain the heart of the Program, with over 40 sections offered annually. Other courses capitalize on the expertise of Herbst faculty and serve specific needs in the CEAS curriculum. The faculty are the Program’s greatest asset, having earned multiple teaching awards and distinctions; launched and direct the Engineering Honors Program and the Global Engineering Residential Academic Program; brought new vision to the Engineering Leadership Program; led study abroad courses in Xi’an, Rome, Vienna, and Madrid; supported international students at CU with ESL/ELL seminars and graduate workshops; and fostered a vibrant and supportive intellectual community.

Thirty years after its founding, The Herbst Program of Humanities remains committed to the Great Books tradition in the broad sense of the term. By exploring the human condition through world literatures, philosophy, and other humanistic texts, its faculty aim to create a life-long love of the humanities in their CEAS students—most of whom take only one Herbst course. The ideal candidate, therefore, will embrace the opportunity to teach beyond his or her discipline, adapt multiple humanistic disciplines to the task of engaging a diverse body of STEM students, and demonstrate intellectual acuity and lively imagination in fields that can fruitfully enrich the Program. This non-tenure-track appointment (90% teaching and 10% service) will have a three-year renewable contract (nine months per year). It requires teaching six undergraduate discussion seminars per academic year, and it will start in August 2019. Compensation will be commensurate with abilities and experience.

For more information about the Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering, please visit:

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The College of Engineering and Applied Science at The University of Colorado Boulder is supportive of the needs of dual career couples.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What You Will Need

  • Doctorate (or international equivalent) within the Humanities.
  • Three years’ teaching experience.
  • Excellence in leading undergraduate discussion seminars.
  • Commitment to teaching core texts through discussion.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Proficiency with multiple humanistic disciplines.
  • Broad range of teaching experience, including diverse subjects, levels, and audiences.
  • Creativity in teaching students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Success in supporting inclusive excellence through teaching and mentoring.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Letter of application specifying your preparation for teaching in the Herbst Program.
  3. Writing sample. (e.g., article, chapter from dissertation or book.)
  4. Statement of your teaching philosophy.
  5. Course evaluations.
  6. Other evidence of excellence in teaching, such as the following:
  • Recent syllabi - no more than two.
  • Essay prompts for undergraduate students - no more than two.
  • You will need to submit a minimum of 3 references for this position. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation at a later time. This information will be kept confidential.

  • In addition, please answer all of the below prompts, with no more than 400 words per answer (please combine your answers into one document):

    1. Describe one of your best teaching experiences. What made it so good?
    2. What are your main objectives in the classroom, and what techniques do you use to achieve these?
    3. Describe an experience teaching a student or students who, whether from a different disciplinary or cultural background or philosophical orientation, did not accept your starting point, interests, or axioms. How did you respond to this, and how did your teaching evolve as a result of it?

    Full consideration will be given to applications submitted before January 15, 2019. Application review will continue until the position is filled.

    Posting Contact Name: Lori Walker

    Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

    The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer





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    Posted: 12/20/2018
    Application Due: 2/11/2019
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