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Affiliated (Part-Time) Faculty Contemporary Ethics and Narrative Ethics

Emerson College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 24, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, Philosophy
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Non-Tenured Track
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Affiliated (Part-Time) Faculty Contemporary Ethics and Narrative Ethics
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The Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College is accepting CVs for candidates who could teach one or more philosophy course(s). Classes for the Fall 2021 semester begin August 31, 2021.

Philosophy courses fulfill the Ethics and Values area within Emerson's distributional requirements. These courses challenge students to articulate the foundations of their beliefs and judgments, and those of others, by subjecting these value commitments to critical analysis. Critical analysis affords the possibility of making more mature and informed judgments. Student Learning Outcomes include:

Identify more clearly assumptions about matters of value. Increase ability to make reasoned arguments leading to value judgments. Improve understanding of how value commitments determine the way we see ourselves and the world. Sharpen ability to identify and critically assess systems of reasoning concerning matters of value.

Below are course descriptions for open sections of PH 200 Contemporary Ethics and PH 210 Narrative Ethics.

PH 200 Contemporary Ethics uses philosophic analyses/arguments to better understand contemporary issues. These may include abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, affirmative action, transgender rights, and others. PH 200 is capped at 35 students.

PH 210 Narrative Ethics provides an overview of classical and modern approaches to ethical theory using examples from fiction and film to show how ethical theories can be applied. The course connects abstract theory with "real life" through storytelling and story analysis to understand and evaluate moral issues. PH 210 is capped at 35 students.

For the Fall 2021 term Emerson College is planning to return to in-person teaching, and the above courses each meet twice a week for 1 hour and 45 minutes. PH 200 Contemporary Ethics is scheduled for Monday/Wednesday from 6-9:45 pm. PH 210 Narrative Ethics is scheduled for Monday/Wednesday from 4:00-5:45pm.

The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the college's intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research and service that they can contribute to our excellence in this area.

All interested are required to submit a cover letter, including detail of which course(s) is/are the most suitable, CV, statement on teaching diverse curricular and to diverse audiences, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. A Ph.D. in Philosophy (granted by the August 31st start date) is strongly preferred. Graduate students with ABD status will also be considered.

Please note, in the job application where there is the "CV/Cover Letter/ Additional Documents" drop box, you must include all of the required materials listed. You can upload each document separate or as a combined PDF. Your application will not be complete without these documents.

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