Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion

Cullowhee, Jackson County
Mar 21, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Working Title: Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion

Posting Information: Department of Philosophy and Religion Assistant Professor Position # 2327 The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Western Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Religion at the Assistant Professor level, beginning August 1, 2014. Must have Ph.D. in Religion or related field from an accredited institution in hand by date of appointment. The successful candidate will teach a 3-3 load with standard scholarship and service expectations, and will have the opportunity for both teaching and research mentorship by a highly supportive, collegial department. We seek a colleague with a strong teaching record and commitment to teaching undergraduate liberal studies courses. The area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates who can teach Eastern Religious Traditions and a general introduction to religious studies. The Philosophy and Religion program offers a BA in philosophy with major concentrations in both Philosophy and Religion and also contributes robustly to the University's Liberal Studies program. Our departmental emphasis is on issues at the intersection of philosophy and religion, particularly in the ethical, social, and political dimensions that impact people's lives, and as such we offer students a number of engaged learning opportunities. Western Carolina University is a 10,000-student campus in the University of North Carolina system that offers 120 areas of study for undergraduates and more than 50 graduate-level programs. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits WCU to award baccalaureate, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. The campus is located in the picturesque Cullowhee valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville, North Carolina, and 150 miles northeast of Atlanta. 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, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: Ph.D. in hand by date of appointment. Degree must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted online and include the following: 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) sample of scholarship; 4) transcripts; and 5) evidence of teaching effectiveness. Evidence of teaching effectiveness and references may be included in cover letter/CV or as separate attachments. Three letters of reference may be sent directly to: Religion Search Committee, Stillwell 226, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723 Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. In order to receive educational credit, degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Unless otherwise noted, degree must be obtained prior to start date. 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

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