Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship

Villanova University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Other Humanities
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary:
The Villanova Department of Humanities seeks applicants for a Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Augustinian Intellectual Tradition, starting in the Fall Semester 2022. This is a one-year fellowship renewable for up to two years, for a total of 3 years. As part of an innovative curriculum, seminars in the interdisciplinary Humanities major guide highly motivated undergraduates through significant questions about human life in a dialogue between the contemporary world and the art, thought, and history of the Augustinian Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Our faculty's areas of expertise range from architecture to literature to economics, and we welcome applications from scholars whose teaching and research likewise explores pressing philosophical and theological questions about their own disciplinary areas. In addition, we invite applications from those who explore the diversity within the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and highlight opportunities for fruitful dialogue with diverse partners outside that tradition.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The fellow teaches three courses per semester, including self-designed upper-level, interdisciplinary courses in the Humanities major and courses in the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program (ACS) required of first-year students. ACS is a two-semester writing intensive interdisciplinary seminar that gives attention to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and its ongoing mission to defend the dignity of the human person, recognize the need for human solidarity, and serve the common good. Additional teaching opportunities may be available.

The fellow participates in Humanities department meetings and events, with minimal service expectations. Conference travel and research funding is available to the fellow.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have a Ph.D., or be near completion, in a relevant discipline.
Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate, interdisciplinary teaching in the Humanities, and an interest in teaching the thought and influence of Augustine and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
In addition, since Humanities and ACS explore a wide and diverse range of significant voices through human history, we seek teacher/scholars who represent that range through their scholarship and teaching interests.

Special Message to Applicants:
Applicants must apply online at The deadline for applications is January 9, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Initial interviews will be conducted online. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Jesse Couenhoven, Professor of Humanities, at

A complete application includes: 1.) Application letter 2.) Current and complete curriculum vitae 3.) Copy of unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate 4.) Contact information for three references who will receive a secure email link to upload confidential letters of recommendation when the application is submitted 5.) Statement of Teaching Philosophy 6.) Response to Department Statement of Purpose 7.) Writing Sample

Finalists will be asked for statements of Contribution to Mission and to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


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