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Professor of Philosophy

Merced College

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Professor of Philosophy

Salary: $55,018.00 - $75,137.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: 20220516
Closing: 6/6/2022 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Merced, CA
Department: Philosophy-Area 2

Additional compensation for Doctorate Interviews are to be determined
Merced College is a midsized community college located in California's Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the College serves more than 16,000 students annually with room to expand on its 267-acre main Merced campus and 120 acre Los Banos campus site. The City of Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and it is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes - large and small - throughout the county.

As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Merced College celebrates and champions the diverse perspective and experiences of our student and seeks to develop programs and curriculum to exemplify and amplify the student voice. The college is seeking a full-time Professor of Philosophy commencing with the Fall 2022 semester. The successful candidate will bring a passion for the discipline of Philosophy and will be assigned to teach a variety of Philosophy courses to include Logic and the History of Philosophy.

Merced College seeks to create an environment where all students regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, or citizenship, learn different perspectives. Faculty are committed to helping students attain their educational goals, be it to transfer to a four-year school, obtain an Associate's degree, or to complete pre-requisites for another program.

Merced College Vision

Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.

Merced College Mission

Growing our community through education and workforce training:
  • lifelong learning
  • basic skills
  • career technical education
  • transfer
  • degree/certificate programs

  • Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.

    General Description:

    Professor of Philosophy is a full-time, tenure-track position in the Humanities Department at Merced College, under the general direction of the Dean of Instruction. The professor will teach a variety of courses in the field of philosophy, as well as collaborate with colleagues in related disciplines. The standard teaching load is 15 units per semester, which may include evening, weekend, and variable hours. The primary teaching assignment will include teaching face-to-face and online classes and is subject to change as needed. The teaching load may also include our growing Rising Scholars program serving justice-impacted individuals in local federal and state prisons.

    Examples of Duties

    Essential Functions:
  • Provide innovative and effective instruction in accordance with current pedagogy and established course outlines and expectations
  • Inform students about course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance policies and maintain regular and substantive contact with students
  • Maintain and submit required student attendance and scholastic records on the Learning Management System (e.g. grades and syllabi)
  • Utilize the Learning Management System to deliver, prepare, and grade class assignments and examinations
  • Maintain and utilize effective skills in instructional design, applications, and methods
  • Post and maintain regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy
  • Participate in the development and review of curriculum
  • Participate in the development of teaching-learning methods and materials
  • Participate in departmental, area, and campus professional activities/committees
  • Represent the college within the Merced community and within professional circles
  • Participate in the college's learning outcomes assessment program, including course, program, and institutional assessments to continually improve student learning outcomes

  • Typical Qualifications


  • Master's degree in philosophy

  • OR
  • Bachelor's degree in philosophy AND Master's degree in humanities or religious studies

  • OR
  • the equivalent*
  • Must have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students

  • Preferred:
  • Teaching experience at the college level
  • Teaching experience and/or coursework in Philosophy
  • Ability and willingness to teach all levels of philosophy offered at Merced College
  • Current technology skills related to teaching the discipline; a willingness to pursue future technological developments; and a commitment to integrating technology into the curriculum
  • Ability to relate the practical and the theoretical aspects of the subject matter to the student

  • Supplemental Information

    How to Apply:
  • Submit a complete application by the closing date/time on the Merced College career pages at

  • Required Documentation:
  • Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position (cover letter)
  • Resume
  • List of three professional references (no reference letters permitted)
  • Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate); transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree; official copies are not required unless applicant is hired.
  • Diversity Statement: The Merced College District has a diverse staff and student population. As such, applicants must demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large. Please describe how your professional experience would contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please do not include any personally identifying information. Limit your response to one (1) page.

  • If Applicable:
  • Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation completed by an approved organization per the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Download PDF reader)
  • Equivalency Review Form (Required for applicants who do not possess the stated minimum educational qualifications and are seeking consideration on the basis of equivalency)

  • Only the required documentation as listed above will be accepted for this recruitment. Any additional documentation will be removed from your application profile.

    Interview Information: Those applicants deemed highly qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee, which includes a teaching demonstration on a selected topic. Interviews may be held onsite or via Zoom. Applicants are required to ensure access to the necessary technology to participate in a Zoom interview and will be responsible for any incurred travel expenses, if necessary.

    Employee Benefits: The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents; life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only; sick leave and retirement benefits are also provided.

    Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. Merced College does not sponsor visas. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. The applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

    Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

    Merced Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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    Established in 1962, Merced College enrolls over 11,000 students annually at its main campus in Merced, California, and at its campus in Los Banos, California, and several off-campus sites. The college serves the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, which leads the world in agricultural production. The area is rich in educational opportunity, with campuses of the University of California and the California State University nearby. World-renowned Yosemite Valley is only a short drive away.

    Merced College is known for its commitment to student success and its service orientation. It leads comparable institutions in securing grants to support instructional programs, and provides additional support to students through numerous study centers and other learning support. The college has an outstanding Learning Resources Center that regularly hosts visiting authors as well as cultural events.  

    Merced College provides transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs. Merced College serves as a gateway to the future, providing accessible, affordable, and relevant education and workforce training for students in our richly diverse region. The college offers programs of study that lead to transfer, associate degrees and certificates. Merced College provides basic skills and non-credit courses, as well as community education for personal and professional enrichment.

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