Assistant Professor

  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Richmond, VA
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Philosophy

Job Description

Mission or Goal of Unit:

The mission of the College of Humanities and Sciences is to serve as the intellectual heart and soul of our institution and wider community. The College of Humanities and Sciences:

  • Prepares lifelong learners to participate actively as engaged and responsible citizens
  • Propels scientific research and scholarship to improve the human condition, cure and treat diseases, and promote healthy environments
  • Grounds us in our history, critically examines our present human condition and empowers students to create more equitable local and global communities
  • Provides communities with a passionate and creative workforce that serves as a powerful engine for economic development and innovative solutions to problems

As the intellectual lifeblood of VCU and our community, the College of Humanities and Sciences seeks to inspire our students to explore their passions and dreams as individuals and provide the context to understand their place in the world and connections with others-locally, globally and throughout time. Most importantly, our educational and research environment addresses an array of technological, health-related and societal problems, as well as providing profound insights and reflections of what it means to be human and humane.

Chief Purpose of this position: The Department of Philosophy in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking a Term Assistant Professor starting August 16, 2022. AOS: Open. AOC: Philosophy of Science. The position is a full-time, one year renewable position, contingent upon successful annual evaluations and availability of funding. 

Position Responsibilities: The teaching load is 4-4 and includes teaching (a) our upper-level Philosophy of Science course to support our major concentration in philosophy and science, and (b) lower-level sections of either Introduction to Ethics or Critical Thinking, both of which serve as General Education Courses in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Though teaching is the primary responsibility of the position, our department is actively engaged in contemporary philosophical research in the analytic tradition, and preference will be given to applicants with evidence of teaching effectiveness and having an active research program. 

Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Philosophy is expected by August 1, 2022. Applicants can apply online at; please make sure to include (i) a cover letter, (ii) CV, (iii) a teaching statement and any other evidence of teaching effectiveness, (iv) a writing sample, (v) three letters of recommendation, and (vi) a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (mentioned below). 

Preferred Qualifications:  N/A

Position is open until filled, applications completed by July 11, 2022 will receive priority consideration.

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion - an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. VCU's student body is diverse; approximately 30% of our undergraduates are first-generation college students and 32% are from underrepresented groups. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or are committed to do so as a faculty member at VCU. All applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words); please visit VCU's Office of the Provost website here for more details about the requested statement. VCU's evaluation of a candidate's Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be viewpoint-neutral. VCU is committed to an environment free from unlawful discrimination and that promotes freedom of inquiry and expression.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For further information, please contact Dr. Catherine Sutton, search committee chair, at

Position Type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Full time equivalent: 100
Tenure: Ineligible
Rank: Assistant Professor
Months: 9
Department: Philosophy

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Catherine Sutton
Contact Email:

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