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Assistant ProfessorWorking Title:
Assistant Professor of Philosophy - Biomedical Ethics - #212898Department:
Philosophy & ReligionAbout WCU:
Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America’s Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of America’s Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU’s main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Position Summary:
Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.
Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.
The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Western Carolina University invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track appointment in philosophy at the assistant professor level, to begin August 1, 2024. We are a small department that values collegiality, emphasizes the intersections of philosophy and religious studies, and contributes heavily to the university’s general education curriculum. We seek a colleague with a commitment to creating classes that are welcoming, accessible, and valuable to students with varied backgrounds and interests.Carnegie statement:
The position carries a 3/3 teaching load along with typical scholarship, service and advising expectations. The successful applicant will teach multiple sections per year of “Biomedical Ethics and Social Justice,” a required course in the university’s Integrated Health Sciences Program (ihs.wcu.edu). Ability to teach in other areas that complement our current strengths will be also considered.
Western Carolina University holds inclusive excellence and belonging as a core value, and the Department of Philosophy and Religion works to make this tangible in a community of mutual respect and support for faculty, staff, and student alike.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching and service.Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Philosophy or Biomedical ethics in hand by date of appointment. Teaching experience.Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. with a specialty in Biomedical Ethics. Competence in areas that complement our current strengths. Record of teaching excellence.Position Type:
Permanent Full-TimeNumber of Months Per Year:
09/19/2023Open Until Filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin after November 1, 2023 and will continue until a candidate has been identified for hire.Background/E-Verify:
Applicants must apply online in order to be considered. To apply, please upload the following:
(1) a cover letter;
(2) curriculum vitae;
(3) a teaching portfolio, including syllabi and evidence of teaching effectiveness;
(4) sample of scholarship (other document);
(5) unofficial graduate transcript(s); and
(6) a listing of contact information for at least three professional references.
For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. David Henderson (search chair) at email@example.com or 828-227-2939.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Credential Verification:
Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.
All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.AA/EOE:
Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.University Safety:
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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