Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Community College of Rhode Island

Job Description

The Community College of Rhode Island is New England’s largest community college, and a nationally-recognized leader in catalyzing student success and achievement for recent high school graduates and returning adults alike.
We provide affordable, open access to higher education, and we deliver on our mission to offer all students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth.

Diversity is our strength. We champion equity, and we celebrate, support and thrive on the diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives that are represented across our four campuses.
We strive to hire and retain culturally competent faculty and staff whose demographics are reflective of our diverse student body. To learn more about our employees’ values and what it means to work here, learn about our Guiding Principles here.

Posting Details > Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply for this position:
  • Complete CCRI’s online application, and attach a cover letter and resume by the closing date.
  • If attaching a resume complete with education history and/or employment history, please
disregard these sections within the online application.
  • Please include the contact information for three (3) references within the application.
  • Finalists will be required to provide official college transcripts.
  • Please note that all RI Council of Postsecondary Education employees (i.e., full- and part-time
faculty and non-classified employees) must be fully vaccinated and boosted when eligible. Learn
more about CCRI’s vaccination policy here.
Please contact Human Resources at 401-825-2311 (TTY: 401-825-2313) if you require assistance with the online application process.
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Job Summary
CCRI’s Social Sciences department comprises 17 full-time faculty members teaching Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology. We are a service department supporting CCRI’s general education curriculum and degree programs across the college.
The Community College of Rhode Island seeks a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Philosophy to teach the following undergraduate courses: Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, and Logic. The Assistant Professor will join a dynamic, diverse, and collegial department, participate in curriculum development, and serve on departmental and college committees.


Duties and Responsibilities
Commitment to CCRI’s Mission:
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.
Communication Skills, Teamwork, and Relationship Management
  • Practice excellence in oral and written communications with peers and students across a variety of platforms;
  • Work collaboratively with others in a diverse, inclusive, and student-centered environment, with students of various cultures, identities, and life experiences; and
  • Manage conflict effectively in both classroom situations and relationships with faculty and administrative peers.
Disciplinary Expertise:
  • Plan, develop, present, and modify Philosophy courses from proposal, to syllabus, to classroom, to assessment, to evaluation;
  • Convey knowledge effectively to students;
  • Create new Philosophy courses; and
  • Continue professional growth as a philosopher.
Instructional Skills:
  • Teach Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, and Logic;
  • Use advanced technologies to expand student resources and learning opportunities;
  • Assess student learning according to demonstrated mastery of student learning objectives; and
  • Demonstrate creativity and flexibility in pedagogical approaches to a diverse population of students and peers.
Service to the College:
  • Attend and actively participate in departmental meetings;
  • Collaborate with peers on curriculum development and assessment;
  • Practice a collegial approach to self- and peer-evaluations;
  • Travel and teach at multi-campus locations, as required by department; and
Actively participate in college governance, college-wide task forces, and/or student organizations


Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s Degree in Philosophy with a specialization in social philosophy.
  • One (1) year of fully independent teaching experience at the collegiate level.
  • Experience teaching at least two (2) of the following courses: Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, Ethics.


Competencies and Desired Qualifications
The most suitably qualified candidate will possess the following:
  • An earned Doctorate Degree.
  • Experience teaching at a community college.
  • Experience teaching online and hybrid courses.
  • Experience with curriculum development, student learning outcomes, and effective assessments to measure them.
  • Experience with Blackboard or other learning management systems.

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