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Assistant Professor of Humanities

Employer
Utah Tech University
Location
Utah, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Aug 22, 2023


Position Announcement

The Department of History, Humanities and Modern Languages at Utah Tech University (UT) in St. George, Utah, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Humanities for Fall Semester 2023. Area of specialization should be in non-western or comparative studies, broadly construed. This can include, but is not limited to, Asian, African, Latin American, or Indigenous studies. The ideal candidate will have a diverse range of academic interests and be able to participate in the interdisciplinary nature of our program. The selected candidate is expected to teach courses in religious studies, philosophy, and/or global studies at an introductory and advanced level. The successful candidate will be able to work with colleagues in these disciplines to develop new and exciting courses applicable to students from many university majors. The colleague hired for this position will be developing and stewarding new courses and programs that work toward integrating humanities, philosophy, and religious studies into a larger dialogue with the university. The successful candidate could contribute to the newly approved Philosophy minor and will be an integral part of a proposed major in Humanities and Philosophy currently being reviewed.

Utah Tech University is an open-enrollment, dual-mission teaching institution dedicated to rigorous learning and the enrichment of the professional and personal lives of its students and community. The university’s new polytechnic mission is imagined as “a human-centered approach to problem-solving.” The university is committed to approaching this polytechnic mission as one that supports and fosters the humanities, arts, interdisciplinary learning, and a human-centered approach to technology. The Philosophy and Humanities curriculum is designed to build critical thinking skills through the interdisciplinary study of different time periods and cultural contexts. Applicants will be expected to be able to fulfill these program objectives by demonstrating an interdisciplinary focus to their learning and research coupled with strong teaching skills. Additional information about the Humanities program is found online at https://humanities.utahtech.edu/ .

Responsibilities
  • Ability to teach introductory and upper division courses in humanities and philosophy.
  • Work with the department chair, program coordinator, and other academic colleagues to develop and/or teach introductory and upper-division topics courses in at least one of the following disciplines: humanities, religious studies, philosophy, and global studies.
  • Participate in university and departmental student recruitment and retention initiatives.
  • Regularly teach in the University's General Education curriculum.
  • Serve as an advisor/mentor to students.
  • Facilitate service learning and engagement with the community.
  • Work with the department chair, the dean, and other faculty to advance the university's mission, including:
    • Conducting student assessment.
    • Mentoring part-time instructor (adjunct faculty).
    • Performing service for the college and university.
  • Teach 24 credits per academic year as part of base teaching workload.
  • Maintain a research agenda/engagement with your discipline that is appropriate to a teaching university (scholarship of pedagogy and scholarship of discovery are equally valued; scholarship that enhances the faculty member’s teaching is preferred).
  • Fulfill faculty responsibilities including participating in department events and committee meetings, holding regular office hours, and advising students.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
  • PhD in philosophy, religious studies, or related field (with evidence of a breadth of engagement of other disciplines) required. ABD candidates will be considered but Ph.D. must be completed by July 1, 2024.
  • College-level teaching experience in philosophy, humanities, and/or religious studies required, with a demonstrated ability to successfully teach courses. Priority will be given to candidates with experience teaching in multiple disciplines. Finalists will be required to demonstrate competence via a teaching demonstration.
  • A background that complements existing faculty specialties.
  • Ability to employ various communication and teaching technologies.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students, staff and colleagues, both orally and in writing.
  • An eagerness to engage with faculty, staff and administrators to develop ways to improve the educational experience of students.
Supplemental Information

POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty position. Faculty service begins August 2024, with pay and benefits starting July 1, 2024. Annual salary of $56,000 - $59,000 depending on qualifications & experience, with additional compensation available for optional summer/overload teaching. Excellent benefits package included that begins on start date; includes medical, dental, vision, employee assistance and wellness programs, life, disability, retirement, and undergraduate tuition waivers for employees and eligible dependents. See https://humanresources.utahtech.edu/employee-benefits/ under 'Benefits Summary' for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins October 9, 2023 ; position open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (1-2 pages about their teaching or other experience, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population). Other documentation is not necessary. Please upload all the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Utah Tech University is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic institution, committed to exceptional student learning and success that has adopted an instructional approach of 'active learning. active life' and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. We seek faculty and staff committed to creating an active, applied and career-oriented learning environment that is student-centered. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, Utah Tech is located in picturesque southwestern Utah, approximately 120 miles north of Las Vegas. The area is renowned for its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. Click here to learn more about the University .

Utah Tech University is a fast-growing Utah public institution of higher education, with more than 12,000 students. We offer over 250 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases. We seek to recruit and retain diverse and ambitious faculty and staff who bring new ideas, possess values and career aspirations aligned with the mission and vision, and are inspired to build a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. Utah Tech University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer; the President and employees of the University are fully committed to Affirmative Action within its employment programs and activities. Utah Tech does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or the University’s non-discrimination policies: For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://titleix.utahtech.edu/ or contact:
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, ocr@ed.gov , 800-421-3481.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, ocr.denver@ed.gov , 303-844-5695.

The University provides key institutional information regarding Academics, Campus Safety, Student Services, Employment Laws, and other requirements per the Higher Education Act and other consumer information requirements to prospective students, students, UT employees, and prospective employees online at https://utahtech.edu/right-to-know/ and https://police.utahtech.edu/clery-act/ .

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification.

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