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Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Sep 11, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Philosophy
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Philosophy and Ethics invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics to begin in August 2024, contingent on availability of funding.

Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Technology with an emphasis on the ethics of emerging technologies (esp. artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, data science, autonomous systems, unmanned aircraft systems, surveillance technologies, and/or persuasive technologies, etc.), Ethical Theory, and Applied Ethics (esp. Ethics in Engineering and Science, Data Science Ethics, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Ethics). The department is particularly interested in candidates whose approach to questions concerning technology and ethics is informed by the history of philosophy and diverse philosophical perspectives.

This position carries a 3/2 teaching load in addition to serving as the Director of a new interdisciplinary graduate program in Human-Computer Interaction (the normal teaching load for department faculty members is 3/3). The successful candidate will teach in-person on campus and asynchronous online courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, maintain a robust research agenda, and participate in shared faculty governance and service.

About the Department, University, and City

The Department of Philosophy and Ethics offers courses covering diverse philosophical theories and methodologies, as well as their application to real world problems. We have particular strengths in ethics and social-political philosophy. Our courses represent the backbone of the liberal arts educational mission of the university. We offer two major tracks, one in philosophy and one in pre-law, as well as minors in ethics and philosophy.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public-school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), $12,000 in basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate will contribute to the Department of Philosophy and Ethics through teaching, research, and service to the department, college, university, and community. The effort distribution is expected to be 50% Teaching (3/2 course load), 30% Research, 10% Service, and 10% Administration (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Program). The successful candidate will contribute to the UND LEADS Strategic Plan through a commitment to strong teaching, community service, and meaningful scholarly activity. UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed. The University of North Dakota is supportive of dual-career assistance both within the University and the local community. Please contact UND’s Recruiting Manager, Hannah Whalen (, to explore dual-career opportunities.

Required Competencies

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Minimum Requirements

  • Earned Ph.D. in Philosophy by August 15, 2024
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Official transcripts from the candidate’s highest educational institution must be provided upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in Philosophy of Technology and ethics of emerging technologies
  • Prior experience and/or demonstrated potential to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses on these topics to non-philosophy degree seeking students
  • Prior experience and/or demonstrated potential to teach the following applied ethics courses: Ethics in Engineering and Sciences, UAS Ethics, Data Science Ethics
  • Demonstrated knowledge in diverse philosophical perspectives and their application to questions concerning technology
  • Experience teaching in-person and asynchronous online courses in philosophy
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching demonstrated through teaching portfolio
  • Evidence of a promising research agenda related to areas of expertise

Minimum Hiring Salary

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Contract Period/Start Date

Position is full-time, benefitted and exempt. Initial contract extends from August 16, 2024 to May 15, 2025. Summer teaching may be available but is neither guaranteed nor required.

To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by Nov. 5, 2023 and include the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching portfolio that includes: statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, and recent summaries of teaching evaluations
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of reference
  • Unofficial transcripts (Please note that the selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts upon hire.)

Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the Department Chair, Lucian Stone, at

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