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Assistant Professor - Philosophy - Technology Ethics related to Feminism/Disability Studies

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

The Philosophy Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, is seeking applications for a full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin September 11, 2023. Area of Specialization (AOS): Technology Ethics, as related to Feminist Ethics and/or Disability Studies. Area of Concentration (AOC): Ethical or Political Theory. Special additional teaching needs: Environmental Ethics, Ethics Bowl

The ideal candidate will have a combination of university-level teaching experience, and research potential. We are seeking applicants with an earned or nearly complete doctorate in philosophy, with demonstrable qualifications in Technology Ethics, as related to Feminist Ethics and/or Disability Studies.

Primary teaching duties include a course on Ethics, Science and Technology for computer science and software engineering majors, as well as general education. Depending on Philosophy Department teaching needs and the candidates teaching interests, the successful candidate would also teach some general education and major courses in philosophy. We currently have a rich set of course offerings related to the AOS, including Biomedical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Robot Ethics, Philosophy of Internet, Technologies & Ethics of Warfare, and others.

Preferred qualifications include: potential to develop external funding in AOS-related areas; willingness to participate in interdisciplinary programs overlapping with AOS, including course and program curriculum development; willingness to participate in Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl; willingness to teach courses in environmental ethics; and, willingness to develop online courses in the AOS.

Cal Poly is primarily a teaching university. Our faculty are expected to balance teaching with an active program of research/professional development and participation in service activities at the department and college/university level. The typical teaching load is 12 units (three courses) per quarter, with a reduction in course load in each of the first two years to help establish an active program of research and professional development. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial appointment is for two years, subject to renewal. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Philosophy or a closely related field by date of appointment is required.

Salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring range:  $79,500 - $85,000 per year.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in philosophy or closely related discipline, earned or nearing completion.
  • Evidence of potential for scholarly and/or creative achievement in the AOS.
  • Ability to teach courses in the AOS and AOC.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in college or university-level teaching.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Potential for grant development in areas related to the AOS.
  • Willingness to participate in interdisciplinary programs overlapping with AOS, including course development and possible program curriculum development.
  • Willingness to participate in Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
  • Willingness to teach courses in environmental ethics
  • Willingness to develop online courses in AOS.

Special Conditions

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. NOTE: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

Faculty employees who wish to apply for permanent residency will be responsible for retaining an immigration attorney. All filing and attorney's fees will be incurred by the faculty member.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and any questions you have may be submitted to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.  At Cal Poly, tenure-line faculty are expected to establish an on-campus presence.

This position classification has been defined as "Exempt" and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Department Information

Currently the Philosophy Department, in the College of Liberal Arts, has 13 philosophy professors, two religious studies professors, and 13 lecturers most of whom teach nearly full-time. The department serves approximately 140 philosophy majors and 50 philosophy minors as well as students throughout the university in General Education offerings. The department's website is

How to Apply

Candidates with complete files by the review begin date will be given full consideration. To apply, please visit complete a required online faculty application and apply to Requisition #515972. Please upload the following required materials as part of the electronic application:

1) Cover letter: address the feasibility of conducting a research program within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program.

2) Current curriculum vitae.

3) Transcript copy.

4) Statement of Diversity and Inclusion: describe past experience and contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts, and describe how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly.

5) Teaching portfolio: provide evidence of teaching effectiveness including student evaluations and course syllabi related to the AOS and AOC.

6) Example of scholarship or creative work.

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants. Official sealed transcript showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment. The position is open until filled.

Projected Start Date: 09-11-2023

Review Begin Date: 11-15-2022. Applicants with complete files by the review begin date will be given full consideration.

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