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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor - Philosophy

Job Details

Job no: 520671
Position type: Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Philosophy
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Applications Open: Oct 17 2023
Applications Close: Open until filled

General Summary of Position:

The Department of Philosophy seeks a full-time, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor. AOS: Asian/nonwestern and/or philosophy of race. AOC: open. The person filling this position will teach foundational and advanced courses in their area of expertise, and contribute to joint curriculum and research initiatives at the university. The successful candidate will have a robust scholarly record and research program in their area of specialization, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. We also have teaching needs in applied ethics, and seek candidates willing to teach in the area of biomedical, public health, or engineering ethics. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. The appointment is scheduled to begin no later than September 1, 2024.

The Department of Philosophy at UMass Lowell consists of 7 full time faculty. Our strengths include feminist philosophy, applied and normative ethics, philosophy of biology, philosophy of law, American pragmatism, and philosophy of religion. The department values public philosophy and interdisciplinary collaborations.

The College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS) is the largest academic unit of the University, with 12 academic departments and over 230 full-time faculty. FAHSS has experienced significant growth in recent years, including hiring over 70 new faculty members, achieving a 70% growth in funded research expenditures, and adding several new interdisciplinary graduate programs.

UMass Lowell is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Greater Lowell, Merrimack Valley, and the Boston region are home to diverse communities. The historic city of Lowell, MA, is a gateway city that is a majority-minority city (20.9% Asian American, 17.9% Hispanic, 8% Black/African American). UMass Lowell has robust partnerships with the City of Lowell, Lowell Public Schools, health organizations, and many other local nonprofits and businesses. The Boston region is also home to a large number of potential research partners.

About University of Massachusetts Lowell:

UMass Lowell is a national research university committed to preparing our students for work in the real world--solving real problems and helping real people--by providing an affordable high-quality education. US News and World Report ranks UMass Lowell among the top 200 research universities in the country, and our rankings have been consistently rising. In 2023, the Wall Street Journal ranked UMass Lowell the #1 public university in the state, and the #10 university in Massachusetts. The university faculty are fully unionized under the Massachusetts Society of Professors and receive excellent salary and benefits.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have:

  • A terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D.) from an accredited university in philosophy
  • A robust research program and demonstrated excellence in publication
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching
  • Commitment to service at the department, university, and community levels
  • Additional Considerations:

  • Applicants with established interdisciplinary research collaborations are encouraged to apply
  • Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

    Please submit the following required documents with your application:

  • Curriculum Vita
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample
  • Teaching Statement/Philosophy
  • Teaching Evaluations
  • Research Statement
  • Statement of commitment to diversity
  • Names and contact information for three references will be required at the time of application. References will be contacted for a letter of reference immediately after application submission. References will be required to upload recommendation letters to our on-line portal; neither emailed nor hard-copy letters will be accepted. *Three letters of reference are required.
  • Organization

    Working at University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Located in the culturally and historically rich Merrimack.

    Valley in northeast Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a vibrant research university that offers its 13,000 students more than 120 bachelor’s, master’s, professional master’s and doctoral degree programs. Exciting opportunities in experiential and service learning, scholarship, community engagement, and international partnerships can be found across the Colleges of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering; Management; Sciences; School of Health and Environment; and Graduate School of Education.

    This is a time of unprecedented growth and opportunity at UMass Lowell. Student enrollment and retention have improved annually. Research funding and alumni giving have increased significantly and the campus has embarked on the construction of two new academic buildings: the Emerging Technologies & Innovation Center and the Health & Social Sciences Building.

    The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the University of Massachusetts Lowell is to enhance the intellectual, personal and cultural development of its students through excellent, affordable educational programs. The University seeks to meet the needs of the Commonwealth today and into the future and supports the development of sustainable technologies and communities through its teaching, research, scholarship and engagement.

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