Assistant Professor-Philosophy of Technology, Ethics & Human Values

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Sep 21, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description:

The Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the role of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate needs to have a PhD in Philosophy prior to appointment and will have an area of specialization in Technology, Ethics, and Human Values and the ability to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses related to the intersection of technology and ethics, including PHIL 21, Ethics in the Digital Age, and PHIL 40, Science, Technology and Society. The successful candidate will have a primary research and teaching focus in philosophy as it engages the normative/ethical and social questions and problems pertaining to the development, sale, and use of technology. Expertise pertinent to the conceptual, ontological, and epistemological issues regarding the development, dissemination, sale, and use of technology is highly desirable. The candidate’s Area(s) of Competence (AOC) will include one or more of the following: Philosophy of Science, Feminist Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Non-Western Philosophy, Social/Political Philosophy, and 20th Century Continental. Successful applicants will be able to teach a range of courses in the University’s Core Curriculum. The department is especially interested in candidates whose work in Technology and Ethics connects with Santa Clara University's social justice mission.

Successful candidates must have a strong commitment to both teaching and research and must be able to maintain an active research program. The official load for tenure-track faculty is seven courses over three academic quarters, with a standard one-course reduction for research-active faculty; thus, the normal teaching load is six courses per year: two 10-week courses per academic quarter, over three quarters. The successful candidate will have a reduced teaching load of five courses in the first year of appointment.



Technology and Ethics


AOS categories                         

Applied Ethics
Normative Ethics
Value Theory



Philosophy of Science, Feminist Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Non-Western Philosophy, Social/Political Philosophy, 20th Century Continental


AOC categories African/Africana Philosophy
Arabic and Islamic Philosophy
Asian Philosophy
Continental Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy
Latin American Philosophy
Native American Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Feminist Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy


 Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Conduct assigned class meetings and exams while demonstrating a command of the discipline and pedagogical skill in presenting it effectively.

2. Post and maintain regular weekly office hours on campus.

3. Assign and submit student grades to the Registrar by the designated deadline.

4. Maintain an active research program commensurate to rank and contribute to the research life of the department in a collegial manner.

5. Develop courses and contribute to general curriculum development and assessment in a collegial manner.

6. Serve as an advisor to assigned students and provide informed advice.

7. Engage in service to the department, College, University, profession and the wider community, such as serving on committees, participating in professional organizations and activities, participating in and providing support for department and campus events, working with SCU’s Centers of Excellence (particularly the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics) and/or Residential Learning Communities, and performing community service in virtue of one’s professional expertise or university association.



Candidates for this position should submit the following: 1. A cover letter of application addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position with respect to each of the following: a) background in the area of technology and ethics; b) experience and background in teaching philosophy; c) research agenda and plans for publication and presentations in professional venues; d) experience working with students and other people of diverse cultures and identities; and e) ways in which the candidate’s research might foster intradepartmental and interdepartmental connections at SCU. 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Student evaluations of teaching and other indications of teaching effectiveness, including original and unedited institutional summaries of numerical evaluations and unedited student comments on teaching (as are found in narrative evaluations of teaching) if possible. Please include a brief explanation of numerical scales or relevant comparisons used. 4. At least one example of representative scholarship, e.g., published article or book chapter, or dissertation chapter, etc. 5. Names and contact information of three professional references include in cover letter or C.V. 6. Confidential letters of recommendation need to be emailed to:     All applications must go through the Workday portal found at this   Applications must be received by November 9, 2020, 11:59 PST     Additional Information: Web address for more information"> Contact name Scott LaBarge Contact email slabarge">