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Cal State Northridge: Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Science

By Wuthrich

Tenure-track Assistant Professor

Liberal Studies Program, California State University, Northridge

AOS: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Physics
AOC: Philosophy of Science Education, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science

Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Start date: August 19, 2015

Job description
Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. awarded prior to August 19, 2015. Specialization in Philosophy of Science with a background in Elementary Education. Secondary interests may include: Philosophy of Science Education; Philosophy of Education; History of Science. Candidates must demonstrate ability to effectively work with a diverse student population.

Evidence of teaching effectiveness and potential for successful research, publication and other scholarly/ professional/ creative activities required, with publication in field of specialization desirable.

CSUN is a Learning Centered University, distinguished by well-established programs in ethnic and gender studies, with a diverse student population drawn largely from the Los Angeles area. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in serving this diverse student body through a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Responsibilities: The University especially seeks individuals who will contribute to both their chosen disciplines and the University’s commitment to teacher preparation and general education. All faculty are expected to serve on departmental and/or university committees and to advise students. The standard teaching load at Northridge is 12 units per semester, although reassigned time is available for research and/or curriculum development on a competitive basis. The successful candidate will continue to contribute to teaching effectiveness and conduct research, publication and other scholarly/ professional/ creative activities.

The Liberal Studies Program is an interdisciplinary major, which offers a degree program under the College of Humanities leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. The Liberal Studies major is designed to provide a broad, undergraduate liberal arts education, with a balance among the language arts, natural sciences and mathematics, humanities, visual and performing arts, and social sciences. This position emphasizes the connection between elementary science education and the philosophy of teaching science. This position requires collaborative co-teaching across departments and programs and encourages interdisciplinary approaches to elementary education. Candidates will be required to teach ITEP courses (Integrated Teacher Education Program) for the Liberal Studies Program, as well as courses in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of biology for the Philosophy Department. The tenure-line will be housed in the Liberal Studies Program.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin October 30, 2014. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline. However, the position will remain open until filled. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed, after which selected candidates will be invited for campus interviews. Application should include a cover letter that specifically addresses the qualifications of the job description, a CV, three letters of recommendation (dated within the last 3 years), brief writing sample (approx. 15-20 pages), and a statement of the candidate’s teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching excellence. Evidence of potential for publication desirable.

Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:
Ranita Chatterjee, Chair
Search and Screen Committee
Liberal Studies Program
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8338

How to apply

Mail application to: Ranita Chatterjee, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, Liberal Studies Program, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8338
Application deadlineOctober 30, 2014


Web address for more information:

Contact: Ranita Chatterjee, Ranita.Chatterjee[here goes you know what sign], or 818-677-3300

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