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Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

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The Department of Philosophy at Vassar College invites applications for a full-time, two- year Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning August, 2017.  Vassar College is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum and promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Applicants who have demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion are particularly encouraged to apply.  The appointment will be in Philosophy, but with a contractual obligation to teach some courses for the Chinese- Japanese Department. PhD expected by time of appointment.

Vassar’s annual teaching load is 3-2. In the first year (2017-2018), the successful candidate will teach four courses in the Philosophy Department and one course for the Department of Chinese and Japanese. In the second year (2018-2019), the successful candidate will teach three courses in the Philosophy Department and two courses for the Department of Chinese and Japanese. All teaching will be done in translation, but the successful candidate will be capable of reading texts in the original Chinese.

For the Philosophy Department, at least two courses each year must specifically be on Chinese and/or comparative philosophy. Specific courses and content are flexible, so long as they include substantive Chinese philosophical content. Other courses taught for the Philosophy Department will depend on the interests of the successful candidate and departmental needs.

For the Department of Chinese and Japanese, the successful candidate will teach Introduction to Chinese and Japanese Literature once each year; no previous teaching in this area is assumed, and course content is flexible. The topic of an additional course for the Department of Chinese and Japanese, in the second year of appointment, will depend on the interests of the candidate.

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to link to the posting for this position. Candidates should submit a letter of application, C.V., graduate school transcript (unofficial copies accepted for initial application), at least three letters of recommendation, a teaching portfolio (including sample syllabi and student evaluations if available), and a writing sample. For inquiries, email Jeff Seidman, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Vassar College, jeseidman@vassar.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

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Vassar College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.