About University of Providence
The University of Providence is a four-year, private, Catholic liberal arts university with a main campus located in Great Falls, Montana offering both face-to-face and online programs. Founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1932, the University is sponsored by Providence Ministries. As part of the Providence Health System (PHS) the University continues to create academic programs to address current and future workforce needs for the healthcare system and industry. Guiding all Providence Ministries are the shared values of dignity, compassion, justice, excellence and integrity.
The Assistant Professor of Philosophy is a full-time, tenure-track appointment. The University of Providence Philosophy program is a small, but growing, discipline within the Humanities Department that largely teaches courses supporting the UP Lumen Core. Our introductory course on what it means to be human aims to introduce students to the philosophical life by developing their natural curiosity into a deep sense of wonder that animates a life of historically informed, systematic, rational reflection on human experience of the world. More concretely, the course explores elements of logic, theories of human nature, and the philosophy of religion. Our core course in ethics explores the major ethical traditions in an applied and normative context that draws on themes developed in the introductory course. In both courses we aim to help students understand the role philosophy plays in the ongoing development of the Judeo-Christian tradition and the ongoing dialogue between faith and reason. In addition to these two core courses, the philosophy department supports a small minor with courses primarily in the history of philosophy. Philosophy faculty often also have the opportunity to co-teach integrated learning courses with faculty in other disciplines and to teach UP’s robust freshman experience course.
- Supporting the mission of the university and the whole-person formation of its students through:
- High-quality instruction in undergraduate philosophy classes both in-person and online;
- High-quality instruction in undergraduate integrated learning and freshman experience classes as needed;
- Contributing to the life of the Humanities Department;
- Mission-focused service to the university and community;
- Ongoing high-quality scholarship within the discipline of philosophy that enhances the life of the department and university and enriches the student experience;
- Ongoing professional development aimed at enhancing pedagogy, research, and service acumen;
- Ongoing meaningful assessment of course and program objectives.
Essential Position Competencies and Requirements
- Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
- Ability to accommodate a variety of teaching situations including a wide range of student preparedness;
- Ability to work effectively with teams and individuals of various ethnic, religious, political, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds;
- Understanding of and commitment to the University of Providence’s mission as a private Catholic liberal arts institution that prepares students for living and making a living.
- Models a passionate commitment to the Mission, values and work of the University of Providence through self-understanding, authenticity and spiritual grounding and inspires others to bring forth their best.
- Models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust and ethical behavior.
- Balances the Common Good with the needs of the most vulnerable in decision-making.
- Delivers results by implementing with persistence, and follows through on both strategic and tactical objectives.
- Ability to deal with ambiguity while driving for results.
- Is reflective and instills trust through openness, respect and honesty with others at all times.
- Is nimble and flexible, and manages competing priorities effectively.
- Provides superior customer service and motivates others to ensure the same customer-focused intensity.
- Handles conflict effectively.
- Proven ability to interact professionally with employees at all levels of the organization in a courteous and cooperative manner.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
- Ability to foster a cooperative and collaborative work environment.
- Proficiency with automated and integrated software systems and Microsoft Office products.
- Maintains strict confidentiality.
- Earned Ph.D. in Philosophy [advanced ABD may be considered]
- Applicant must have demonstrated success in teaching college-level courses; in-person and online preferred.
- AOS and AOC open but the successful candidate must be well-versed in the history of philosophy and the department has a strong preference for faculty who engage with topics in the Catholic intellectual tradition. The ability to teach Medieval Philosophy by Spring 2023 and Modern Philosophy by Spring 2024 is required.
Review of applications will begin immediately; full consideration will be given to applications received by May 29, 2022.
Start Date: August 15, 2022
Position Type: Faculty
Location: University of Providence Campus
Applicants should submit a letter of interest/cover letter; a current CV; UP application; a teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample syllabi for at least introduction to philosophy and upper-division ethics courses, sample assignments, and proof of teaching effectiveness; three letters of reference, at least one of which addresses teaching. These should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The University of Providence is a Catholic, student-centered, mission-focused university. For more information, please contact Human Resources at 406.791.5976.