Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Iowa State University
United States

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


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Job Description:

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Iowa State University invites candidates to apply for a three-year assistant teaching professorship. The successful candidate will teach a 3/3 load. The six courses will include sections of Moral Theory and Practice as well as sections of Moral Problems in Medicine. Moral Theory and Practice is an introductory level course in moral philosophy that integrates issues related to business. The successful candidate will have latitude in developing the course, including deciding how to engage business students. (The department is committed to in-person teaching.) Moral Problems in Medicine is an intermediate-level course that addresses central moral problems arising in medicine. Again, the successful candidate will have latitude in developing the course. Given projected needs, preference will also be given to candidates who can teach sections of Ethics of Technology. Opportunities for additional (online) Summer or Winter teaching might be available. The successful candidate will also perform modest service. The three-year contract may be renewed following a successful review and continuing need of the program. ISU provides opportunities for advancement to the rank of Associate Teaching Professor and Teaching Professor (the last of which includes five-year contracts). The successful candidate will join a supportive with a small and engaged major and a broad impact through its popular course offerings. As a member of a very strong teaching department, the successful candidate should provide an effective learning experience for undergraduate students. Teaching faculty are fully integrated into the department with voting rights on all matters, save for a few such as the granting of tenure. The department, college, and university all support professional development and engagement with the discipline.   


Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. on an on-going basis without sponsorship. 


Required Minimum Qualifications:

MA in philosophy or related area 


Preferred Qualifications:

Teaching experience (as instructor of record or teaching assistant) in philosophy or related area 

Evidence of teaching effectiveness

PhD or equivalent by the time of appointment 

Qualified and able to teach sections of Moral Theory and Practice

Qualified and able to teach sections of Moral Problems of Medicine

Qualified and able to teach sections of Ethics of Technology


Department/Program & College Description:

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is home to two undergraduate majors and three minors. We offer a wide range of courses in Philosophy and Religious Studies that serve both the needs of our majors and the broader university mission of preparing students to be independent critical thinkers and global citizens who want to make a difference in the world.



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Proposed Start Date:

August 16, 2024



Proposed End Date or Length of Term:

May 15, 2027



Number of Months Employed Per Year:

09 Month Work Period



Time Type:

Part time



Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:


1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

4) Evidence of teaching success (in any area of philosophy)

5) Evidence of familiarity with moral philosophy through additional materials (e.g., coursework, research). (optional)


For guaranteed consideration, applicants must apply on or before April 10, 2024. Position will be open until filled.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Why Choose ISU?
Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:
• Retirement benefits, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;
• Generous leave plans;
• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);
• Life insurance and long-term disability;
• Flexible Spending Accounts;
• Various voluntary benefits and discounts;
• Employee Assistance Program;
• Wellbeing program.



Original Posting Date:

March 6, 2024




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