Assistant Professor (Philosophy of Race or Africana Philosophy)


Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy to begin September 1, 2022.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in the humanities, arts, and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.

To support these goals, Gustavus Adolphus College is currently in the second year of a multiyear, multi-departmental hiring initiative to enhance and diversify departmental curricular and co-curricular offerings. Faculty at Gustavus have opportunities to participate in our interdisciplinary Programs, including African Studies; Environmental Studies; Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies; Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies; and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Minnesota is home to vibrant and increasingly racially diverse communities, and we believe that representation from these communities positively contributes to our student body. We especially seek faculty members whose impact will be to advance academic and cultural programs in areas relevant to African, Black, or Indigenous history, arts, and culture, while also helping the College engage and support students of color.

We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.

Department Information: The Gustavus Philosophy Department is home to a thriving major and is marked by an expansive notion of what questions and issues philosophy can and should engage. In addition to such traditional philosophical issues as vagueness, objectivity, personhood, and oppression and privilege, faculty have, in their teaching and research, explored issues related to food, sport, and addiction and recovery. Because philosophy engages significant questions that cross disciplinary boundaries, members of the Department participate in a variety of general education and interdisciplinary programs. For more information about the Department, its faculty, students, and courses, please see the department website at

Major/Essential Functions: Gustavus faculty teach, advise, conduct research, and serve the college and department. Currently, tenure-line Gustavus faculty have a 6-course equivalent teaching assignment. In their first year, the successful candidate will receive a reduced teaching assignment of five courses, plus one fully-compensated course release.

Primary teaching responsibilities for this position will include introductory Philosophy courses, courses in the successful candidate’s AOSs and AOCs, and contributions to general education and/or interdisciplinary programs (depending on AOSs/AOCs).

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A teaching dossier. This must include a statement of teaching philosophy/experience/interests (three pages, maximum) and at least three sample syllabi, one of which is for a course (at any level) in the candidate’s AOS. The teaching dossier may also include sample assignments or other evidence of teaching effectiveness. However, in light of the large body of empirical literature on the biases and limitations of student evaluations of teaching, we are not requesting and will not consider student evaluations.
  • A brief statement of research interests (two pages, maximum)
  • A writing sample
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one of which must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by November 8, 2021. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Philosophy; we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 30, 2022
  • An area of specialization (AOS) in Philosophy of Race or Africana Philosophy
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate student advising
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Desire and demonstrated ability to contribute to the College’s interdisciplinary African Studies or Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies programs
  • Desire and demonstrated ability either to develop courses that expand and diversify the Department’s course offerings, or to teach existing catalog courses not adequately covered by the Department’s current faculty: Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Existentialism, Continental Philosophy, Philosophies of the Environment. (For more information about current courses, please visit
  • Evidence of an emerging pattern of philosophical research, scholarship, or creative expression

Posted 8/11/2021


Joshua Brown | | 507-933-7485

Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2021

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