Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, The Department of Philosophy

Job description

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Denver consists of seven full-time faculty members. We are a pluralistic department of active scholars with strengths in many areas of analytic and continental philosophy. We teach courses to philosophy majors, minors, and the general undergraduate population, as well as some graduate level courses.

Position Summary

The Department of Philosophy invites applications for a one-year Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor position for the 2019-2020 academic year, beginning in Fall 2019. In the unlikely event that the position is continued for another year, the successful candidate, who has fulfilled the duties well, may have the option to continue in the position for an additional year. Eligible candidates will have received a Ph.D. in Philosophy or in an interdisciplinary program with a Philosophy emphasis. Class sizes range from fifteen to thirty students. We anticipate five preparations including introductions to epistemology, Early Modern Philosophy and Twentieth Century Philosophy. The course-load will include three sections of an Advanced Seminar created by the candidate and one upper level course for majors. The successful candidate will teach eight courses over three quarters. Seven of these will be in the university-wide Common Curriculum ( The candidate must have training in and demonstrated capacity for teaching the above-mentioned courses. Please submit four syllabi: one for each of the introductory courses listed above and one for an Advanced Seminar (see description under the link for the Common Curriculum, above)

Essential Functions

  • Teaching eight courses over three quarters and all grading, meetings, and advising necessary for this teaching assignment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to be an effective teacher for first time philosophy students, alongside minors and majors of all levels in the same classroom.
  • Ability to lead a philosophical discussion in a group of fifteen to thirty students.
  • Capacity to create appropriate assignments and to return them with feedback in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy or in an interdisciplinary program with a Philosophy emphasis.
  • Effective teaching for at least one academic year at the college level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous teaching of the required courses listed above.
  • Ability to teach Existentialism at the introductory level.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on June 3, 2019

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. C.V.
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching philosophy that includes your strategies for creating an inclusive classroom
  4. Sample syllabi for the four classes listed in the position description
  5. List of at least three references who may provide letters of recommendation upon request

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 492432
Posted: 5/21/2019
Application Due: 6/21/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable