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Assistant or Associate Professor - Philosophy (Science and Values)

Apply now Job no: 504918
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time



Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Philosophy (Science and Values)

School/Department Name:  Philosophy

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021 (Applications accepted until filled or closed)

Target Start Date: August 16, 2022

First Review Date (or Closing Date): December 1, 2021

Position Description

The Department of Philosophy at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (tenured) position in Science and Values.  We strongly encourage candidates with specialization in Philosophy of Science, STS, or other philosophical areas that grapple with ethical dimensions of scientific knowledge and scientific practice to apply.

The Department of Philosophy is one of ten departments and schools in the College of Humanities and the Arts and offers Philosophy BA and MA programs.  We value and engage with a plurality of philosophical traditions and styles, as well as the perspectives of our diverse community of faculty and students.  We are committed to creating learning environments, a departmental culture, and a larger philosophical community that welcomes all who want to explore philosophy.

The Department of Philosophy and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy prior to appointment, with a focus on science and values
  • A demonstrated record of effective teaching
  • Evidence of the ability to publish and engage in professional activities in the area of specialization
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Candidates whose research encompasses ethical dimensions of human relations with robotic and/or computer technologies
  • Candidates who could contribute to interdisciplinary research and teaching through the Deep Humanities and the Arts initiative
  • Candidates who pursue cross-tradition engagement in doing philosophical work on science and values
  • Candidates who could contribute to the department’s teaching needs in history of philosophy, aesthetics, ethical theory, phenomenology, and professional ethics (e.g., business ethics, bioethics)

Key Responsibilities

  • In addition to courses in area of specialization, including Ethics in Science, the candidate will be expected to teach general education courses that could include Philosophy of Science; Introduction to Philosophy; Logic and Critical Reasoning; Moral Issues; Asian Philosophy; and Professional and Business Ethics. The current teaching load is 3 courses per semester (approximately 120 students per term) with service expectations at department, college, and university levels.  Previous collective bargaining agreements (including that currently in force) have offered probationary faculty a reduced teaching load for their first two years on the tenure track.
  • The candidate will develop and sustain an ongoing record of research, scholarship, and/or creative activities, as well as other professional engagement.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement (2 pages)
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages)
  • evidence of teaching proficiency (e.g., student evaluations)
  • research plans (2 pages)
  • writing sample (preferably 5000 words or less)
  • three references with contact information

Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair, Prof. Janet D. Stemwedel (

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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Last Updated Sep 13, 2021