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Lecturer of Philosophy (2 positions)

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 29, 2024

Position Summary

The Department of Philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver invites applications for two non-tenure track one-year lecturer position to begin in August 2024. One of the appointments has the opportunity to be renewed. These full-time positions are focused on teaching key department courses with strong and/or growing enrollment including PHI 1010 - The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy (General Studies (GS): Arts and Humanities [AHUM)); PHI 1030 - Thinking about Ethics: Morality and the Good Life (GS: AHUM); PHI 1060 - Ethics in Medicine and Science (GS: AHUM), PHI 1110 - Language, Logic & Persuasion (GS: Oral Communication); PHI2040 Philosophy of Religion (GS: AHUM); PHI3000 History of Ancient Philosophy (GS:AHUM); and PHI 3370 - Computers, Ethics, and Society (GS: AHUM). The teaching will primarily be done in person, with a possibility of some online/hybrid instruction. For more information on the Department of Philosophy in our College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, please visit: .

Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Department of Philosophy are committed to active and strategic initiatives in our work toward educational equity and promoting a culture of access and inclusion for our students, staff, and faculty. We seek to sustain an inclusive community where all individuals at MSU Denver and in the Department of Philosophy are respected, feel a sense of belonging, and are provided proper resources and skillsets to be successful. This success is not limited to our liberal arts and sciences focused education, but also to the broader development of our students as engaged global citizens and valued contributors to their discipline, the community, and our society.

At MSU Denver, we recognize the value of everyone and every group as part of an inclusive community of belonging. The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has a vibrant statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that highlights those values. Differences can include but are not limited to culture, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, sex, physical appearance, pregnancy, marital/partner status, age, (dis)ability, neurodiversity, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, class, education, gender identity/expression, veteran status, political affiliation, political philosophy, and more. We recognize that these differences can be visible or invisible.

MSU Denver enrolls over 17,000 students, where nearly 60% are first generation and over 55% are students of color. Located in downtown Denver, we are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award winner for 10 consecutive years, and the only Seal of Excelencia certified institution in Colorado. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today’s college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. Qualified candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, student advising, scholarship, and service in an inclusive and diverse environment are encouraged to apply.

Position Responsibilities

The successful candidates will teach four courses per semester, which may include both lower and upper-division courses, as well as developing new philosophy courses for MSU Denver in areas of growing interest (e.g. environmental ethics, philosophy of technology).

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy or closely related discipline. ABD candidates with evidence of a plan for successful dissertation defense before the start of the fall 2024 semester in August are welcome to apply
  • Evidence of ability to teach most or all of the courses highlighted above
Preferred Qualifications
  • Evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching
  • Evidence of ability to develop new philosophy courses for MSU Denver in areas of growing interest (e.g. environmental ethics, philosophy of technology)
  • Experience with and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse urban student population including (but not limited to) students of color, LBGTQIA students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, students with disabilities, undocumented students, non-traditional students, student veterans, and English language learners
Salary for Announcement

The salary range for these positions is $55,000 - $57,000 at Lecturer level. The salaries of the finalists selected for the roles will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, education, experience, specialty and training.

MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, retirement, tuition benefit, free RTD pass, and more. For a brief overview of these options, please visit our Benefits section.

Instructions to Apply

Complete applications received by Monday, February 26, 2024 at 11:59 PM MST will receive full consideration, however applications will be accepted after this date until the position is filled. Interested applicants must apply online at MSU Denver's career site,, and search for JR102000.

Please attach the following required documents:
  • Curriculum vitae, including contact information for at least 3 references
  • Letter of application, addressing the candidate’s ability to teach most or all of the courses highlighted in the position summary
  • Teaching dossier, including sample syllabi and a statement of teaching philosophy. Other relevant teaching documents may be included in your dossier but are not required.
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts. Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire
**Applicants will notice on the application portal there is one location (the resume/cover letter submission field) to upload all required materials. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field; alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF and upload. ​Once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application.

Internal applicants must apply through their MSU Denver Workday Home page, searching 'Find Jobs'.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting RepresentativeTanya Rogowsky

Posting Representative


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at .

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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