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Employment Opportunity

Philosophy Instructor

Faculty of Social Sciences
Competition Number: 17-4110
Appointment Type: Temporary Part-time
Subject to funding and enrolment
Start/End: January 01, 2018 up to May 18, 2018
Workload: One 3-credit course Tuesdays (Powell River) 13:00-16:00
Employment Group: VIUFA
Position: 00276
Location: Powell River Campus
  The Philosophy Department at VIU offers both a BA major and minor in philosophy. It also serves many students in other disciplines taking elective or required philosophy courses. Committed to teaching excellence, the department fosters student strengths in reasoning, independent thinking, and clear, precise articulation of ideas. It further offers a philosophy internship program, in which students exercise their skills through practical work experience. And it is developing a philosophy honours program where students can experience more in-depth engagement in the discipline. Valuing community, the department runs the Institute of Practical Philosophy, engaging the public in philosophical discussions on topical issues. It also runs the Philosopher's Cafe, in partnership with the public library.
Duties: Instruct PHIL 230 Contemporary Social Issues. Prepare course materials, hold office hours, plan classes, support students, lecture and lead discussions, set tests and assignments, give reflective grades and feedback, liaise with department chair and, participate as an active member of the instructional team.

PHIL 230 Contemporary Social Issues
A study of current controversial social issues: abortion; euthanasia; paternalism; sexual morality; rights of prisoners, women, men, children, animals; civil disobedience; morality of war; topics currently debated in Parliament, legislatures, and the media; principles of morality, social and political philosophy.
  Candidates must demonstrate commitment to teaching, learning and student success through scholarship and institutional service. Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities outside the classroom, including student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Ph.D. in philosophy from an appropriately accredited institution;
  2. Post-secondary teaching experience in philosophy;
  3. Strong analytical skills;
  4. Good communication skills, in speaking and in writing, which include the ability to organize thoughts logically; and,
  5. Demonstrated commitment to collegiality, integrity, professionalism, and student learning.

Re(3)-(5): Some qualities can be demonstrated through referee recommendations and interview questions. Candidates don't need to address all qualities in their cover letter.
Preferred Qualifications: Record of publications or presentations in philosophy. Past or current participation in university committees or department activities.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover letter
Copies of credentials/qualifications identified on resume.
Evidence of high-quality teaching, for example, teaching evaluations.
Name and contact information for three referees, one of which should be your most recent supervisior (e.g. Chair or Dean).

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: November 09, 2017 - November 22, 2017
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.