Posted: Sep 21, 2022
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Philosophy (Ethnic Studies Affinity), Assistant Professor

Full-time
Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2022
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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in the Philosophy Department in an area related to the study and/or promotion of Philosophy of race or ethnicity, with preference for a focus in Africana or African American philosophy, Asian American philosophy, Chicana/o or Latina/o/x American philosophy, OR Native American philosophy, OR philosophy rooted in the experience and activism of other racialized groups in the US context.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit www.cpp.edu, and for more about faculty life, please see [email protected].

Position description: The Department seeks a specialist in philosophy of race or ethnicity, with preference for a focus in Africana or African American philosophy, Asian American philosophy, Chicana/o or Latina/o/x American philosophy, OR Native American philosophy, OR philosophy rooted in the experience and activism of other racialized groups in the US context. We are seeking candidates whose scholarship and teaching will center the experiences and advocacy of one of these racialized groups, exemplify the critical and intersectional methodologies of Ethnic Studies, and complement departmental strengths in critical philosophy of race, feminist philosophy, philosophy of disability, and social and political philosophy. Also, we seek candidates with an active research program as well as a sincere commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. Teaching duties include lower-division general education courses. ­The position carries a contractually-obligated teaching load of 3/3 in the first two years and 4/4 in the years following, with course-reduction opportunities for research, service, and teaching initiatives.

In line with our university’s learn-by-doing pedagogy, we prefer candidates who demonstrate an interest in developing new high-impact courses related to their area of specialization, or participating in our existing high-impact educational practices, e.g. our Clinical Ethics Practicum, Ethics Bowl, the Senior Project for our program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), or the annual seminar taught in connection with the California Center for Ethics and Policy (for more information on the CCEP visit: https://www.cpp.edu/~class/ethics-and-policy-center/index.shtml).  (For information on high-impact educational practices see: https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices.)

The new faculty member will be a part of the Ethnic Studies Affinity Faculty and will have the opportunity to engage with a new and permanent Office of Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies Teaching and Scholarship.  This is a space for collaboration across disciplines and methodological vantage points, mentorship, and professional development programming.  The Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies Faculty, and the resources to support them, are a key element of CPP’s ongoing efforts to ensure the flourishing of our diverse students and faculty and be the leading inclusive polytechnic university in the nation.

Minimum Requirements:

  • PhD in Philosophy with a specialization in philosophy of race or ethnicity.  (Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.)
  • A commitment and a record of contributions to student success through the applicant’s teaching, scholarship, or service. This will be described in the Student Success Statement, which must address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed in the full posting. 
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
  • Evidence of scholarly potential encompassing philosophy of race or ethnicity.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications: 

  • A specialization in Africana or African American philosophy, Asian American philosophy, Chicana/o or Latina/o/x American philosophy, OR Native American philosophy, OR philosophy rooted in the experience and activism of other racialized groups in the US context.
  • Evidence of one or more years of university teaching experience in Africana or African American philosophy, Asian American philosophy, Chicana/o or Latina/o/x American philosophy, OR Native American philosophy, OR philosophy rooted in the experience and activism of other racialized groups in the US context.
  • Evidence of working with and mentoring students from underrepresented groups.
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity (e.g., conference presentations, publications, grant development, etc.) in Africana or African American philosophy, Asian American philosophy, Chicana/o or Latina/o/x American philosophy, OR Native American philosophy, OR philosophy rooted in the experience and activism of other racialized groups in the US context.
  • Demonstrable interest in participating in high-impact educational practices.
  • Evidence of potential to teach in one or more of the following areas where we have additional teaching needs:
  • Critical teaching needs:  philosophy of law, comparative philosophy, philosophical/religious traditions in India, China, and Japan, African philosophy, Latin American philosophy, and history of philosophy.
  • Teaching needs that are less critical:  applied ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science broadly construed, including questions at the intersection of science and ethics.

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ . Questions regarding the policy may be sent to [email protected]

Application Process:

A completed application will consist of

  • A cover letter (of no more than 2 pages, single-spaced, which describes the candidate’s teaching and research interests and addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications;
  • a Student Success Statement (of no more than 2 pages, single-spaced) about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population.  Please address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed in the full posting;
  • a curriculum vitae including the contact information for at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position;
  • three recent (dated within the past two years) letters of reference, at least one of which (at least in part) addresses teaching qualifications; applicants will provide contact information for recommenders during the application process and the system will contact recommenders and provide a method for uploading letters;
  • an unofficial transcript showing highest degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists);
  • a writing sample of no more than 30 double-spaced pages;
  • a teaching portfolio including sample syllabi, and evaluations from the most recent two years of teaching (if applicable).

Finalists for the position will be required to provide: 

  • official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview; 

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 1, 2022.  

Please direct inquiries to Search Committee Chair, Peter Ross; [email protected] 

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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.