Philosophy, University of Connecticut, and
Asian and Asian American Studies Institute

Position ID:UConn-Philosophy-2016147 [#6332, 2016147]
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Philosophy
Asian American Studies
Appl Deadline:2015/11/01 finished (posted 2015/09/24, finished 2016/01/25, listed until 2015/12/01)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Position Summary

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (  As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years.  We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for a joint faculty position in the Department of Philosophy and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The Department of Philosophy is among the top 20 departments at public universities in the nation.  It actively engages in research in philosophical logic, Africana philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, moral philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of mathematics, feminist philosophy, early modern philosophy, and aesthetics, among other areas. Housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut is a multidisciplinary research and teaching program. Distinguished by its global, diasporic, national, regional, and transnational orientations, the Institute brings two traditionally distinct fields of inquiry together in dynamic conversation:  Asian Studies and Asian American Studies. The Institute’s research output and course offerings engage Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas not as static, monolithic sites but rather as sets of shifting historical, geographic, and geopolitical zones of interaction, struggle, and cooperation.

This Assistant Professor (tenure track) is a joint position in Philosophy and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2016; teaching load 2 + 2. AOS: Asian Philosophy. AOC: Open. Duties include research, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, service, and outreach. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through high quality publications, presentations, etc.  In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students.  Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; or provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Minimum Qualifications

The candidate must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in Philosophy or relevant related field by time of appointment. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable. The candidate must demonstrate an exceptionally promising research program in Asian Philosophy that contributes both to Philosophy and to the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, and also must be able to conduct research in at least one language of primary sources. The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. The candidate must be qualified to teach and participate in our strong philosophy Ph.D. program, and must demonstrate a readiness for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications

We would like but do not require that the candidate demonstrate one or more of the following qualifications: ability to conduct research in an additional language of primary sources, ability to draw upon secondary literature in at least one modern Asian language, research in more than one sub-field of Asian Philosophy, ability to teach some of the history of Western philosophy, and ability to contribute to some current departmental strength.

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2016. The successful candidate's primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus with the possibility of work at UConn’s regional campuses. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Please submit the following:  letter of application, curriculum vitae, research statement, diversity statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and writing sample(s). Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct at least 3 referees to submit confidential letters of recommendation on your behalf. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 1, 2015. For more information regarding the Department of Philosophy, please visit the department website at . Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2016147)

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Philosophy Department
101 Manchester Hall
344 Mansfield Road, Unit 1054
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-1054

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