FEATURED JOB: Assistant Professor of Instruction in Intellectual Heritage, Temple University https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=58113

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Assistant Professor of Instruction in Intellectual Heritage

Temple University


The Intellectual Heritage (IH) Program of Temple University is pleased to invite applications for a Non-Tenure Track (NTT) Assistant Professorship. The initial appointment will be a one-year renewable contract. We seek candidates from all liberal arts disciplines to teach the pair of core courses all Temple undergraduates take: IH I: The Good Life and IH II: The Common Good. The IH courses are the foundation of Temple’s General Education curriculum. In small, seminar-style classes, students read and discuss intellectually and politically influential books, working together to interpret their historical significance, their relation to one another, and their relevance today. One course focuses on personal well-being, and the question: what do we value, and why? The other course focuses on communal well-being, and the question: can we create a better society? Both courses promote critical inquiry, intellectual courage, and empathy, cultivated through close reading, debate, and writing. The teaching load will be four classes per semester, with 20-28 students per class. The IH Program is housed in the College of Liberal Arts.

Temple University is a state-related Carnegie Research University (highest research activity) located in Philadelphia. The College of Liberal Arts is home to 32 undergraduate majors, 32 minors, 23 certificate programs and 15 graduate degree programs.  With its vibrant and diverse array of educational programs, the College of Liberal Arts plays, and its mission mirrors, both the historical importance of the liberal arts in society and the principles on which the university was founded.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and persons of color, members of under-represented groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans. The University has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

For more information on the program, visit https://www.cla.temple.edu/intellectual-heritage/.


The candidate should demonstrate evidence of outstanding commitment to undergraduate teaching. A Ph.D. in hand by August 2019 is required. In addition to the traditional seminar, we offer special versions of our two courses: online sections; sections for second-language learners; and honors sections. Candidates are encouraged to indicate any experience with discussion seminars, ESL, honors courses, online teaching, teaching with technology, and other innovative or unique teaching practices.

Application Instructions

Applications will only be accepted through Interfolio. Required documents: a cover letter that addresses experience and teaching; a CV; three confidential letters of rec­ommendation; and a teaching portfolio that should include a teaching philosophy statement and evidence of how you fulfill that philosophy, including representative student evaluations and syllabi. For questions, please contact the Director, Dr. Dustin Kidd at dkidd@temple.edu. Please upload all materials to https://apply.interfolio.com/59180. Applications must be received by March 1st to receive full consideration. Interviews of candidates will be conducted via videoconference. 


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Contact Info: 

Dr. Dustin Kidd, Director, Intellectual Heritage Program

Email: dkidd@temple.edu