Assistant Professor, Philosophy

University of San Diego
San Diego

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Posting #: 3798
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences

Position Title & Department:

Assistant Professor, PhilosophyPosting #


Department Description:

The Philosophy Department at USD is pluralistic, covering many significant historical periods and major philosophical methods. Philosophy students at USD can expect to be exposed to perennial metaphysical, ethical, epistemological, and theological issues and theories in philosophy — both as these are discussed in the classical texts of great philosophers and also in their contemporary treatment.

Detailed Description:

University of San Diego. Assistant Professor of Philosophy. AOS: Practical Ethics correlated to science and technology, especially some combination of AI Ethics, Computer Ethics, Engineering Ethics, Neuroethics, and/or Robotic Ethics. AOC: Open. Position begins 1 September 2022. Two semester academic term. 3/3 teaching load is typical (all levels undergraduate). A commitment to outstanding teaching is central to the mission of the university. Teaching in the core curriculum is expected, as is an active research program. Usual non-teaching service duties.

In the spirit of our commitment to academic excellence, diversity, equity, inclusion, and the liberal arts tradition, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego will be hiring ten to twenty faculty in three thematic clusters. These clusters are designed to attract a diverse set of scientists, artists, humanists, social scientists, and mathematicians who will participate in campus and community collaborations with interdisciplinary, pedagogical, and community engagement approaches related to one of these three clusters:

Climate Change & Environmental Justice

Technology & the Human Experience

Borders & Social Justice

USD’s Horizon Project includes a goal to increase diversity across all disciplines over the next five years. Each of these clusters will invite and include teacher-scholars who help us build on USD’s commitment to support faculty who are underrepresented in their discipline and in the academy. Qualified candidates who are dedicated to empowering students from underserved communities through their teaching, research, creative and pedagogical scholarship, community engagement, service and/or mentoring are strongly encouraged to apply. Scholars of discovery, integration, engagement, and pedagogy are all important to the USD community of scholars.

For this position, the USD Department of Philosophy is looking for applicants within the cluster of Technology & the Human Experience:

Technology & the Human Experience: The College of Arts and Sciences is seeking applicants with a promising program of research in the study of Technology and the Human Experience to prepare students to design, create, regulate and implement accessible and bias-free technologies for a diverse world. Successful applicants will teach classes within their disciplinary expertise.

We endeavor to assemble a cohort of teacher-scholars who will offer a strong contribution to the diversity and excellence of USD through teaching, scholarship, service and collaboration. Based on teaching and research expertise, candidates will apply to one of the listed departments. As a member of a cluster, faculty will be reviewed through the rank and tenure process within their academic department and will be encouraged to participate in interdisciplinary collaborations facilitated by the cluster thematic programming. The College will support interdisciplinary opportunities through professional development, teaching reassigned times, writing retreats, brown-bag lunches, and teaching and research grant opportunities linked to the cluster. It is anticipated that faculty members will work within one of these interdisciplinary clusters to build opportunities for faculty/student collaboration and promote interdisciplinary strengths within the undergraduate core curriculum. A college-wide mentoring program will be implemented in Fall 2022 to support new faculty through mentoring practices intended to address equity throughout the tenure process.

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Job Requirements:

Must have a Ph.D. in philosophy by 1 September 2022.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application.

Candidates must submit: Letter of application, include reference to the cluster(s) of interest, curriculum vitae, teaching statement and a sample syllabus, research statement and a sample of scholarly or creative work, diversity statement, in which you address A) your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion; B) your experience working with minoritized populations and/or on issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations, and C) your plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching and research and contact information for three references.

Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2021 for consideration.

Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

CONTACT: Mark Woods, Professor and Chair of Philosophy[email protected]619-260-6865 If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected]Additional Details:

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

Advertised: July 26, 2021 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: November 01, 2021 Pacific Daylight Time


The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

Small class size means the instructors know their students and can stimulate curious minds with anything from participation in a research project to an after-class discussion on topic. Instructors welcome the free exchange of complex ideas in an environment of tolerance and civility. In this environment, students begin a lifelong habit of appreciating and cultivating their individual gifts.

To complement this instruction, the university's Honors program provides a challenging curriculum for USD's uniquely motivated students. The university also holds memberships in several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

While intellectual growth is key, USD adds depth to the education experience by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. An active faith community invites widespread student participation. In the classroom, study is accompanied by an examination of ethics and values University of San Diego students inquire freely and challenge ideas, exercise moral, spiritual and social judgment, serve others, and contemplate social justice in their lives and in their chosen fields. These students are truly educated. These students achieve excellence.

Students, faculty and staff are active members of the community, volunteering time and expertise, fostering friendships, and working to preserve the region’s unique character. With a population of more than 7,500 students and approximately 2,000 employees, the university impacts the life of the area economically, politically and socially. In turn, the university welcomes the community to participate in campus life, through classes, special events, sports, forums and tours.

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