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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Ancient Greek/Roman Philosophy

San Francisco State University’s Department of Philosophy offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Ancient Greek/Roman Philosophy beginning August 2019. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service to the excellence of our diverse academic community. 
The Department of Philosophy is a dynamic teaching and research program with a long history of achievement.  It offers two B.A. degrees (in Philosophy and in Philosophy and Religion) and the M.A. degree (in Philosophy), a Pre-Law Emphasis, and a rich array of courses that address the diverse backgrounds of its faculty and students. Its M.A. program attracts students from around the world and has a successful record of placing graduates in doctoral programs and teaching positions. Additional information can be found on the Department's web site: https://philosophy.sfsu.edu. For information about San Francisco State University, see http://www.sfsu.edu/.
The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:
  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.
Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in Ancient Greek or Roman Philosophy, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing program of scholarship in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments.
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy or similar discipline. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students
  • Record of effective teaching contributions in Ancient Greek/Roman Philosophy.
  • Active record of scholarship related to specialty area.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works.
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities.
  • Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments.
Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits. 
Application:  Send an application letter (with email address), a current CV, at least three letters of recommendation, writing sample, description of research, evidence of potential for successful teaching and scholarly achievement, and a statement on how your teaching and scholarship help foster an inclusive and diverse academic community. Application review begins November 2018 and continues until position is filled.
Submit all applications online to phlsphr@sfsu.edu with subject line saying “Ancient Greek/Roman Philosophy.”
Direct queries to Hiring Committee chair Ásta: asta@sfsu.edu and Department Chair Justin Tiwald: jtiwald@sfsu.edu.
San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

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