University of Alaska Multicultural Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy in Anchorage, Alaska

Multicultural Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy

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Classification:Post Doctoral Fellow non represented

Grade:Non-Union Faculty Bi-weekly Assign.

Work type:Faculty Full-time, Post Doc

Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage

School/Business unit:College of Arts & Sciences

Location:Anchorage

Categories:Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is pleased to offer a three-year Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Philosophy (https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/academics/college-of-arts-and-sciences/departments/philosophy), beginning January, 2019. The Department of Philosophy’s Multicultural Postdoctoral fellow should be a specialist in Alaska Native or other indigenous worldviews as related to philosophy/religion/spirituality of the Americas with a Ph.D. in Native American Studies, American Indian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy or a closely allied field. The ideal applicant would have a concentration in any of the following areas: indigenous frameworks and epistemologies, world philosophies and religions, comparative religions/intersecting spiritualities, Indigenous or comparative ethics, or post-colonial studies.

Applications from all persons are welcomed; women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

Duties:

100%Teaching expectations will include one to two courses per semester in the Department of Philosophy, including an upper-division course in world philosophies and religions. Additional course assignments could range from introductory courses to philosophy to a 400 level special topics requirement depending on the expertise of the candidate and the semester needs of the department.

• Participation in all departmental meetings related to curriculum development, pedagogical approaches, student recruitment, student success, or community outreach.

• At least one public symposium and/or conference presentation per school year on his/her research under the auspices of the UAA Ethics Center and Department of Philosophy.

• Development and presentation of at least one (per semester) extracurricular student forum. Forum should augment departmental emphasis on core competencies and/or offer more exposure to non-regnant frameworks or ways of knowing.

• Mentor student research by linking students to on-going initiatives within the department and across the university, and offering guidance to literature, constructs, current discussions and projects within his/her area of expertise.Essential

The purpose of the Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowships is two-fold: The first is to increase the diversity of the faculty at UAA and the second is to advance issues of diversity in teaching and scholarship within academic programs at UAA. The overarching goals of this Fellowship are to: a) increase diversity of epistemological and ethical frameworks offered within UAA Department of Philosophy courses; b) offer knowledge, experience and passion related to Indigenous matters and methodologies to the department and larger community; c) broaden the pedagogical understandings and approaches used in the Philosophy department and throughout the university; d) expand student awareness of and appreciation for spirituality (broadly construed) and religion in the modern global context.

The Department of Philosophy’s Multicultural Postdoctoral fellow should be a specialist in Alaska Native or other indigenous worldviews as related to philosophy/religion/spirituality of the Americas with a Ph.D. in Native American Studies, American Indian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy or a closely allied field. The ideal applicant would have a concentration in any of the following areas: indigenous frameworks and epistemologies, world philosophies and religions, comparative religions/intersecting spiritualities, Indigenous or comparative ethics, or post-colonial studies. The ideal applicant would have significant grounding in or on-going engagement with a particular indigenous community. All applicants must demonstrate some specific preparation for undergraduate teaching (e.g., teaching assistant or similar) and the ideal applicant would have at least one semester of teaching experience. The ideal applicant would also have the ability to teach courses in introduction to Western philosophy.

The mission of UAA’s Department of Philosophy includes community outreach and partnering across disciplines to provide exemplary instruction and academic support at UAA. We seek a candidate who would contribute to this mission. The ideal applicant will offer under-represented perspectives and non-Western approaches to UAA Ethics Center foci, as well as to the broader departmental curriculum. The successful candidate must be dedicated to equity and diversity across the campus community and to building student understanding of plural and global communities.

The postdoctoral fellow’s development will be enhanced through a program of structured mentoring activities. Guided by the Department of Philosophy, Alaska Native Studies Program and the relevant Faculty Evaluation Guidelines, the successful candidate will identify and implement an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for career development. UAA resources for career development include the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Faculty Development Awards, Academic Innovations and eLearning resources, University of the Arctic and Center for Community Engagement and Learning, BIA ANCSA archives, ISER, UAA Ethics Center, and UAA/APU archives). The Department of Philosophy will support the IDP and provide opportunities to acquire career skills and explore career advancement.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

The Department of Philosophy’s Multicultural Postdoctoral fellow should be a specialist in Alaska Native or other indigenous worldviews as related to philosophy/religion/spirituality of the Americas with a Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree (e.g. D.Phil), in Native American Studies, American Indian Studies Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy or a cognate area. Desirable areas of concentration may include: comparative studies in world philosophies, religions and spiritualities (especially indigenous expressions); Eastern philosophies (Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Hinduism); Indigenous ethics; Indigenous epistemological frameworks and constructs (land, time); post-colonial studies; or religious materiality. Teaching experience or coursework in the Western philosophical tradition is also desirable.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time of application. All applicants must demonstrate some specific preparation for undergraduate teaching (e.g., teaching assistant or similar) and the ideal applicant would have at least one semester of teaching experience.

Required Experience:

Experience required for this position should include research and teaching competence in Alaska Native or other indigenous religion/spirituality of the Americas, comparative studies in world philosophies, religions and spiritualities (especially indigenous expressions); Eastern philosophies (Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Hinduism); Indigenous ethics; Indigenous epistemological frameworks and constructs (land, time); post-colonial studies; or religious materiality.

All applicants must demonstrate some specific preparation for undergraduate teaching (e.g., teaching assistant or similar) and the ideal applicant would have at least one semester of teaching experience.

Typical Education or Training:

Applicants must have Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree (e.g., D.Phil), in Native American Studies, American Indian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy or a cognate area by August 1, 2018. Applicants should list three references at time of application.

Successful applicants must also provide Official Transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment. Qualifying earned degrees must be conferred either by institutions of higher education which are accredited by one of the six US regional accrediting associations or by an equivalent international institution of higher education as determined by UAA based on a review by a foreign educational credential evaluation service and recognized by UAA.

Please be prepared to upload the following items:

  1. A cover letter that addresses the applicant’s:
  • Interest in the position

  • Scholarly interests, planned research, or creative activities to be performed during the Fellowship, and

  • Plans to help UAA meet the goals of increasing diversity in teaching and scholarship at UAA

  1. Curriculum vitae

  2. Up to a three-page description of the applicant’s teaching philosophy

  3. A writing sample (e.g., dissertation chapter, published manuscript/peer-reviewed journal article)

  4. Evidence of teaching preparation/Teaching evaluations

  5. Transcripts

  6. List of three names and contact information of references familiar with the applicant’s teaching and research qualifications. Only referees of finalists will be contacted.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications August 12, 2018. Please direct questions about the position to the chair of the search committee: Prof. Raymond Anthony (rxanthony@alaska.edu).

Advertised:28 Mar 2018Alaskan Daylight Time

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