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10 Month Tenure Track, Full-Time Faculty - Philosophy

College of Southern Maryland
La Plata, MD

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The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is actively seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty member in Philosophy at our La Plata campus.

Philosophy faculty are teaching professionals and serve as student advisors. They serve CSM students and the larger Southern Maryland community by providing a range of classes that help students understand today’s world, by serving as mentors to students, and by participating in outreach activities that bring students and community members together. History faculty support the College’s commitment to diversity and equity through engagement in Social Justice Day, Holocaust Awareness programming, and CMS’s Global Initiatives activities. CSM faculty are expected to be knowledgeable of learning management systems in addition to face-to-face and innovative technology-based instructional delivery approaches. We are seeking an innovative educator to join our history faculty. History faculty teach survey classes in Western Civilization, U.S., and Global History, as well as a range of topical courses including African American History, Women’s History, and the History of the Modern Middle East.

We have highly skilled and creative faculty who incorporate the latest teaching approaches and technology into their instructional delivery. Our faculty works closely with students inside and outside of the classroom to help them maximize their success. Philosophy faculty are also instrumental in building partnership agreements with 4-year colleges. Faculty participate in regional and national conferences in Philosophy and related disciplines such as Sociology, Political Science, and Psychology, as well as organizations focused on bettering education like the Association of Faculties for the Advancement of Community College Teaching.

Located 45 minutes from the Nation’s Capital, The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has been twice recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of America’s top 150 community colleges. CSM has been identified as a Military-Friendly school and is among America’s top one hundred producers of minority associate degrees in over twenty categories, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

CSM offers excellent benefits including health insurance, a state retirement pension plan, wellness programs, early closure Fridays in the summer, and college closure for spring break and several major holidays. We are an innovative institution committed to student success and well known for our flexibility to meet student and regional community needs.
CSM’s faculty are highly skilled and creative; they incorporate the latest teaching approaches and technology into their instructional delivery. Our faculty work closely with students inside and outside of the classroom and serve as advisors to student clubs and more. Our faculty teach face-to-face, online, hybrid, and hy-flex classes, always focusing on student engagement and critical thinking.

The College of Southern Maryland is an ardent supporter of professional development and offers a robust professional development program.

Your cover letter, résumé, and transcripts are required as part of the application process. Please attach those documents to your application.
When applying for this position, please be prepared to answer the following statements during the application submission process:
  • Please describe your efforts to establish equity and diversity in the area of Philosophy.
  • Please describe your activities that demonstrate a commitment to student success for a diverse population.
  • Please submit a statement of your teaching philosophy.
  • Did you attach your resume and transcripts? If not, please do so at this time.
Placement in rank is commensurate with background and experience. Professional development and professional service requirements are determined by rank and documented annually on the faculty development plan. For more information on placement in rank please visit the Pay and Benefits Questions page at:

The College of Southern Maryland conducts background checks to ensure the safety and well-being of the College's staff and students. The final candidate for this position will be subject to the following background checks: Criminal History Check and Sex Offender Registry Check. This position is open until filled. For best consideration, apply by March 15. The College of Southern Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Specific Duties and ResponsibilitiesPhilosophy faculty teach a wide range of first- and second-year undergraduate classes. The successful faculty member will teach fifteen credit hours per semester and thirty credit hours per academic year of day, evening, or weekend classes. Flexibility is required to work in this position as teaching assignments may vary from semester to semester. There may be an opportunity to teach classes in the summer also. Faculty may be assigned to teach on any campus or center where CSM offers classes. The hired candidate may be asked to teach Early College, for the positions where this may apply. The faculty member hired in this position is responsible for the coordination, planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation of classroom instruction and related activities to promote student-centered learning and success. At a minimum, the related activities include instruction, holding office hours, serving on various committees, and demonstrating a commitment to professional development thorough participating in local, state, regional, and national professional activities, and organizations.

  • Teach 30 credits of courses per contract year in the Philosophy discipline.
  • Teach a range of courses that may include morning, day, evening, weekend or online. Classes may be taught in both 7- and 15-week terms. Opportunities may exist to teach in the summer session outside the 30-credit load.
  • This position’s primary campus assignment will be in La Plata but may be required to participate in teaching or other activities on our other campuses.
  • Engage students in their learning through active and collaborative learning approaches.
  • Meet with students outside of class to assist them with being successful college students.
  • Incorporate culturally relevant pedagogies into the teaching and learning process.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate ability to read and interpret information.
  • Demonstrate ability to deliver instruction to diverse student populations, with varied levels of learning and preparation.
  • Knowledge and use of student engagement strategies that support completion and student success goals.
  • Demonstrate experience providing feedback students can use to improve their performance.
  • Maintain an ongoing program of professional development and participate in professional organizations, workshops, seminars, conferences, and activities.
  • Mastery of appropriate computer operation skills.
Minimum Education and Training
  • Master’s degree in Philosophy or closely related field, with 18 graduate credit hours in Philosophy coursework required.
  • Earned Doctorate in Philosophy or closely related field. Preferred.
  • One year of instructional experience at the post-secondary level, which includes teaching courses, managing learning experiences, evaluating student achievement, providing input into curriculum development, policy and procedure formulation, and evaluation of program effectiveness, preferably at the community college level.
  • Ability to use word processing, basic Internet applications, and basic database navigation.
  • Ability to use an educational enterprise, learning management system such as Brightspace Desire 2 Learn to support and facilitate instructional delivery.
  • Ability to teach in face-to-face, web, web-hybrid, and hy-flex formats.


Working at College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a public, regional community college with a far-reaching mission — to help our students and community meet the challenges of individual, social, and global changes.

CSM is a thriving, progressive, and technologically advanced college that delivers quality higher education programs and services. The college is committed to offering a wide variety of learning options, student services, and high-quality workforce development training and support. That commitment is reflected in those we serve. More than 60 percent of tri-county residents who attend higher education institutions come to CSM.

The staff and faculty at CSM work closely with a diverse student population to provide a rich variety of educational options. CSM is a leader among Maryland community colleges in offering courses which meet the busy schedules of our students, including weekend and evening online classes, and Web-hybrid courses which offer a mix of online and traditional classroom face-to-face instruction. CSM strives to create a global education program, yet remains a local college that has a real stake in supporting our community's academic, professional, and self-enrichment pursuits.

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