Villanova University’s first-year seminar program, the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program (ACSP), seeks to hire a full-time continuing non-tenure track (CNTT) faculty member to teach its two-semester humanities seminar. With a reading list grounded in the Augustinian, Catholic, and liberal arts tradition, the Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) is reading- and writing- intensive and also facilitates student engagement in the intellectual, cultural, and artistic life of the University and the greater Philadelphia area. Students from all four of Villanova’s colleges (Liberal Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Engineering, and Business) take the two courses (1000 Ancients and 1001 Moderns) in this program taught by 20+ full-time faculty from a wide range of disciplines. A signature feature of the first-year experience at Villanova is the Communitas: First-Year Learning Community program that is the result of a coordinated effort between ACSP and the Offices for Residential Life and for Student Involvement.
The position is a renewable 9-month academic appointment at the rank of assistant teaching professor with a 4/4 teaching load. (Enrollment is capped at 17). The successful candidate will have a PhD in the humanities or social sciences, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a willingness to explore and teach the Augustinian and Catholic intellectual traditions as well as texts outside of these traditions and of one’s discipline and areas of expertise. The position is primarily and essentially a teaching position, and ACSP cultivates a community of teachers dedicated to meeting the perennial and the changing needs of our students through an ongoing program of faculty development. There is an expectation of service in the program, college, and university. There are no research expectations, but there is funding available to CNTT faculty at the program, college, and university levels for research, curricular development, and conference travel. After a one-year probationary period, ACSP faculty are eligible to teach for other departments and programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Full-time CNTT faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching and service are eligible for promotion. Villanova offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time faculty, including tuition remission after a qualifying period of employment.
We especially encourage applications from candidates with expertise in one of the religions, philosophies, cultures, or literatures of the Global South and candidates with an expertise in the history, philosophy, or sociology of science. We will consider qualified candidates with expertise in the areas encouraged above, or others not yet represented in the program, before we consider qualified candidates who would build on our current strengths, which include: English literature, political theory, continental philosophy, Augustinian studies, Catholic theology, and Ancient Greece and Rome.
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order, located in the ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse Philadelphia metro area. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of the University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect, and can contribute to its mission and values. The University is committed to fostering, maintaining, and celebrating a community of teachers and students that includes people of all ages, genders, abilities, races, ethnic origins, religions, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations, creeds, and political views.
Special message to Applicants:
Applicants must apply on-line at http://jobs.villanova.edu. All material must be received by February 17, 2023.
For more information about ACSP and about Communitas: First-Year Learning Community, please see the respective websites: https://www1.villanova.edu/university/liberal-arts-sciences/programs/acs.html ;
Applications must include:
- A cover letter that first addresses the candidate’s teaching philosophy before addressing the candidate’s area of expertise and research interests.
- Current and complete curriculum vitae.
- Statement of Contribution to the University’s Augustinian Catholic Mission.
- Statement of Contribution to the College’s ongoing efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in and outside of the classroom.
- Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness (e.g., a Teaching Portfolio that includes syllabi, sample assignments, teaching observations, etc.)
- Contact information for three references.
- Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
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Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Gregory Hoskins, Director, The Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, at Gregory.email@example.com.